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Cycle-in Flix – Thursdays in October: Nelson Arts Festival

A variation on drive-in movies – bike in, enjoy live Latino performances and learn about Hispanic & Latino culture on the big screen.

Venture out on your bike and catch a short documentary or two on Kirby Lane between 8.00 and 9.00pm. There will also be live performances from 7.30pm, guaranteed to bring Latino-style ambience into central NelsonA collaboration between Nelson Arts Festival, Multicultural Nelson Tasman and NelsonSon Afro & Latin Dance. 

Cycle-in Flix brings Latino culture/flavour to Nelson in a new and exciting way in place of LASFF (Latin America and Spain Film Fest), which could not be held this year.

Films are in Spanish and/or Portuguese, and all have English subtitles.

In case of bad weather, check this page or Nelson Arts Festival Facebook to see if it is going ahead.


Guitarist and singer Álvaro Dafonte from Uruguay is a recent acquisition for Nelson, arriving here last spring. He loves Latin Rock music and its main icons. His repertoire includes interpretations of songs made famous by bands from Argentina, Uruguay and Spain, such as Soda Stereo, Buitres, and Fito & Fitipaldis.

Alvaro Dafonte - Photo Credit: Mika Yone Photos_website
Photo Credit: Mika Yone Photos

Short Films/Documentaries
Una y otra vez ‘Time after time’ (2014) – Comedy-Sci Fi short film (Award Winning) [ESP] Recommended G
Los Ojos de Chile ‘The eyes of Chile’ (2020) – Documentary [CHI] Recommended PG
Amistad ‘Friendship’ (2010) – Drama Short film (Award Winning) [USA/MEX] Recommended G
La Invasión del Parque ‘Park occupation’ (2019) – Documentary [GUA] Recommended G
Into Patagonia with Dakota Jones (2016) – Documentary [USA/ARG/CHI] Recommended G


Sol (Argentina), Cristian and Gerardo (Chile) are very happy to be representing their South American roots. They want to share the beauty of their culture through ‘música folclórica’,  and of course, to bring a little piece of their homeland to whoever feels too far away from home.

Short Films/Documentaries
Desanimado ‘Discouraged’ (2011) – LGBT_Drama-Comedy [ESP] Recommended M
Brazil’s Bolsa Familia (2015) – Documentary [BRA] Recommended G
70m2 (2011) – Drama [ESP] Recommended M
Water in the Cloud Forest (2015) – Documentary [ECU] Recommended G
Secos ‘Dry ones’ (2016) – Documentary [CHI] Recommended G
Einstein-Rosen (2016) – Comedy [ESP] Recommended G


Alvaro Saura, ‘La Roomba’
Born in Murcia, Spain, Alvaro brings tradition and new sounds from the Spanish repertoire. With broad experience as a bass player for several Latin bands, this new solo project aims to dig into the roots of the rhythms and melodies while sharing the joy of music. He is also the presenter of the podcast Chocolate & Maní, a program dedicated to Ibero-American musical traditions and the avant-garde.

Photo credit May Carrion
Short Films/Documentaries
The Magic of Uruguay’s Murga (2015) – Documentary [URU] Recommended G
El Orden de las Cosas ‘The order of things’ (2010) – Drama [ESP] Recommended PG
Cataluña’s Independence Movement (2017) – Documentary [ESP] Recommended PG
Ana (2013) – Drama (BRA) Recommended M
Dos Veintitres ‘two twenty three’ (2018) – LGBT Drama [ESP] Recommended M
The Brazilian Way of Being Portuguese (2001) – Comedy [BRA] Recommended PG

Renata Harper & Maria Jose Acero
– Get up and get going with Zumba with Renata! Zumba is 80 percent Latin songs and involves a range of different beats and rhythms. Let’s get our feet moving and our bodies shaking with her amazing vibe and charisma.

– Maria Jose is from Colombia, the land of joy, dance and folklore. That’s why she says she’s been dancing since before she was born. She loves this community because it has allowed her to embrace and admire different cultures, giving her a sense of freedom. She will delight us with some traditional dances and a fusion surprise.

Photo credit Hillary Williams

Short Films/Documentaries
Anonimos (2011) – Romantic comedy (Award Winning) [ESP] Recommended G
Why Shakira loves this African beat (2018) – Doco [COL]  Recommended G
El Dia de los Muertos, a celebration of life (2018) – Documentary [MEX] Recommended G
Familia Ayara, social transformation (2015) – Documentary [COL] Recommended G
Diez Minutos ‘Ten Minutes’ (2010) – Drama (Award Winning) [ESP] Recommended G
Lali Land (2018) – LGTB Comedy [ESP] Recommended PG


105, Bridge Street
Nelson, New Zealand

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