The Halifax Salsa & Bachata Festival is a 3-day Afro-Latin dance-inspired festival which will take place at 3 locations around Downtown Halifax from August 18th - 20th. Locations are at the Halifax waterfront, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (outdoor space), and Rogers Square. We will be hosting paid Salsa, Bachata, and Kizomba dance lessons for the public at all locations including a series of workshops with a guest instructor Angus Dirndeck from Toronto. The festival will include live Latin music performances by local Latin band Son Latino and by Cuban musician Frederic Mujica. It will also include dance performances by local and visiting instructors as well as lots of opportunities for social interactions via our engaging social dance events and lessons. Our Thursday night at the waterfront will be a family-friendly event, and our Friday and Saturday are both licenced events.
The purpose of this festival is to share, educate, and celebrate the Afro-Latin culture with Halifax through dancing and music, and to strengthen and empower cultural diversity within our community. This year, we believe our festival will be something that brings life back into the city after the past two years we have all experienced.
The Halifax Salsa & Bachata Festival (formerly “Salsa on Argyle”) was founded in 2017 by Director and owner of Haliente Creative Studios, Moses Diallo – whose wish was to increase the awareness of Afro-Latin dance in Nova Scotia, especially in the City of Halifax. This festival is devoted solely to “encouraging community engagement through the medium of dance,” which he believes will prove that the “language of dance is universal, and our common interest binds us together stronger than our differences could ever separate us.”
Our mission is to share and celebrate Afro-Latin culture with all Nova Scotians through the creative expression of dance, as a way to strengthen and empower individuals and businesses as they seek to promote cultural diversity within our communities.
The festival offers a chance for people of all cultures and communities to socialize, network, and discover our lovely city – as we find joy and hope in our common love of music, dance, food and the Arts.