Wednesday 30th April
KOKO, 1a Camden High St, London NW1 7JE
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The 3rd annual Latin UK Awards (better known as The LUKAS), is "the hottest ticket in the Latin diary" according to global ballet star Carlos Acosta.
Hosted again by Spain's most popular TV presenter Boris Izaguirre and Yanet Fuentes, star of Cuban Fury, The LUKAS is Britain's only spectacular showing off the best of Britain's diverse Latin cultures - from Flamenco and KIzomba to Salsa, Samba and Tango - under one roof.
The winners will receive their awards at The LUKAS Gala Ceremony at the KOKO venue in central London on 30 April. Legendary Flamenco guitarist Paco Peña will also be presented with a LUKAS Fellowship Award for his contribution to British Music. Flamenco superstar Rafael Amargo will perform. Ex-model and human rights activist Bianca Jagger and Spurs football legend Osvaldo Ardiles will receive lifetime achievement awards, accompanied by Ricky Villa and joined by several Premier league footballers.
The best home-grown Latin talent (winners of the LUKAS Awards) will perform on stage, joined by international stars, such as Puerto Rican Salsa superstar Yan Collazo, winner of Concert by International Artist of the Year and who flies in to perform.
Music performances will be accompanied by the Latin Dance winners - Salsa, Samba, Flamenco, Tango and Kizomba - in a spectacular medley choreographed by Strictly's Richard Marcel. Royal Ballet Dancers Fernanod Montaño, Thiago Soares and Marianela Nuñez will also make an appearance, as finalists of the Personality of the Year Award.
More acts to be confirmed...
LUKAS founder and director Amaranta Wright says: "The LUKAS is an amazing event. Established international Latin stars share the stage with new musical sensations making their careers in the UK."
David Bisbal is Spain's most successful pop artist of the last decade. He says: "In the United States they've been recognising the quality and popularity of Latin and Spanish music for years. With so many Latinos in Europe and the popularity of the culture here, it is natural that we should have our own awards of this side of the Atlantic."
The Latin-UK Awards (better known as The LUKAS) - the annual awards ceremony that celebrates the contribution of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese culture to the UK.
Tens of thousands of Latino residents and other Latin culture fans vote in seven award categories marking contributions to music, sport, dance, food, the arts, business and community. 1200 individuals and organisations were nominated this year for one of 56 LUKAS awards.
Last year we were joined by Carlos Acosta, Tamara Rojo, Vivienne Westwood, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) and Phil Manzanera.
"The Gala night had an incredible 'ambiente', the atmosphere felt different to most awards ceremonies and captured the latino groove and of course having my great friend David Gilmour there to present the award to me made it extra special," said Phil Manzanera
"I was absolutely delighted with the evening," said Vivienne Westwood.
"Thank you for looking after us so well. What a great night!" said PInk Floyd's David Gilmour.
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