Movimientos events were originally inspired by the Nicaragua Solidarity Campaign’s legendary, politically fuelled Club Sandino night and the popular Mambo Inn, which helped to create the Latin music and Salsa boom of the 80s and 90s.
The initial concept of our events was always to combine political activism with music, focusing on Latin America. We started a DJ-based Latin American club night and joined forces with solidarity groups, NGOs and charities to raise awareness of social and political justice issues affecting the continent. The nights were first hosted at the Brixtonian, and we went on to hold a long running residency at the Salmon and Compass bar in Islington, with films and speakers upstairs and DJs downstairs.
From there the concept developed and expanded into several different spin off clubnights and events, including the now long running Notting Hill Arts Club night (four years and still going), which propelled us into the world of live music. We’ve since expanded to produce regular events at Passing Clouds and Rich Mix (both in East London) which feature our trademark combination of documentary film, live music and DJs.
Now we also work with and programme music for other venues like The Hootananny Brixton and Camino Kings Cross amongst others, as well as festival stages at Glastonbury, The Big Chill and more. We have also worked on major promotional launch campaigns for Because Records with Manu Chao’s ‘La Radiolina’ and ‘Baionarena’ albums, and for Fania Records compilation series. On documentary film releases for Soda Pictures (El Violin) and Lions Gate Films (War On Democracy).
We have always provided an open platform for independent filmmakers and organisations to highlight issues and raise awareness of what are largely unreported topics. We have a large active audience and political discourse runs through our nights. Please see Latest Films for news about what we’re screening at the moment.
We aim to provide information in a non-dogmatic way, ensuring we’re open to different opinions. Broadly the voices we try to represent are those of marginalised groups, communities and people fighting injustice or seeking to resist the might of the dominant forces in their country, whether they are unaccountable multinational corporations, governments or military. These themes form the backbone of our content, but we are also interested in approaching Latin America from a more general cultural and artistic perspective.
Thanks to all past and present members of the extended Movimientos family whose contributions and collaborations have helped us significantly along the way: Jess Crocker, Callum Simpson, Geoff Arias, Agustin Bazzini, Maya Bazzini, Julio Etchart, Dario Kenner, Emma Martin, Amy Woodrow Arai, Chantal Connaughton, Clem George, Pablo Navarette, Nejat, George Lazou, Russ Jones, Rosa Weber, Andrew MacIntosh, Alexia Szabo.