Isla de Salsa

Summer is the season in Fukuoka. Sure, it’s hot but the city’s proximity to beautiful beaches makes the weather plenty bearable. Toward the end of summer, temperatures may cool, but the city heats up again with outdoor music festivals, namely Sunset Live and Isla de Salsa.

The former kicks off down the coast in Itoshima, while the latter is held right in view of the city, on Momochi Beach. Both have grown from humble origins—we remember the small gatherings from the late 90s—and are happy to see them flourishing. Isla de Salsa is actually just one project that issues from Tiempo Iberoamericano, an NPO that promotes Latin culture. Its endeavors have grown from its attractive center in the city to other parts of Japan in recent years. Tiempo offers an array of courses, especially in language and dance.

Isla de Salsa is an extension of their mission. The organizers want it to be a kind of melting pot of Latin music, dance, food and people of all backgrounds. Think of it as a “cultural salsa.” Fun and unity are the ultimate aims. Anyone who has attended can assert it’s one of Kyushu’s best events of the year.

This year, Tiempo has invited the legendary Puerto Rican band El Gran Combo, which is celebrating 50 years of making music together. This salsa orchestra has a Grammy to its name, as well as other international music awards. Come out and lose yourself in the energy—if you didn’t know you could dance, you’ll soon find out.






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