Monterrey’s Cholombianos, a fascinating Mexican sub-culture

Cholombianos: An exhibition documenting the unusually authentic style of a sub culture in Mexico throughout the time the drug violence was engulfing the country. Their folkloric and seemingly patriotic approach making and creating every part of their style often personally is endearing and fresh in when streetstyle seems to be getting more homogeneous and less individual.

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British photographer and fashion designer, Amanda Watkins behind the project: When I first started going to Mexico in 2007 Monterrey was a very safe conservative city, I spotted these guys downtown playing Cumbia music beside the river and dancing with their own band. Social classes do not mix there at all and it is easy to see that immediately, there were crucial different cultural elements to take in. At first they were quite cool and distant with me, not unfriendly but it took a while to become relaxed on both sides really.

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I was surprised at how brave the style of the boys was, they really dared to create an impact.

Although in a way I was pretty scared I found it really refreshing and exciting also, I made friends with a couple of the guys and they took me to more risky downtown areas and markets and I started to be accepted, I was always the only foreigner around.

I continued to return to their parties and go to areas around that city that I otherwise would never have ventured into, that for me was a great way to see the city and their culture.

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Cholombianos, an exhibition is now on at London’s Rich Mix until the end of August & the book is out now.

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Discover Ricardo Cavolo’s murals at Wahaca Liverpool Street

Something colourful catching your eye as you walk past Wahaca Liverpool Street? Ricardo Cavolo, world renowned Spanish illustrators and muralists, took the restaurant walls as a blank canvas to create a permanent exhibition of his unique style.A graduate in Fine Arts from Salamanca University, he’s an artist with a unique imaginarium and a colourful iconography of tattooed souls, legends and fantastic nature unique to Spain.

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Ricardo’s mural at Wahaca Liverpool Street

 

Ricardo has exhibited in galleries such as Mad is Mad and Espacio Valverde in Madrid, Atomica Gallery (London) and Ó! Galeria (Porto), and has participated in art fairs like JustMadrid. But his turning point came when Cirque Du Soleil chose him to work on one of their artistic projects in Spain in 2010.

He has also worked for AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) and on record covers and sleeves for labels like Gran Derby Records and BOA Music. As an illustrator he has published with publishing houses such as SM, Periférica, Lunwerg, Límina (Italy) and Madriguera (Peru).

 

 

Amongst the books he has published, ‘Cocina Indie’ y ‘Cocina Pop’ together with the journalist Mario Suárez. He has his own graphic novel, ‘El desorganismo de Daniel Johnston’, and also his very own music encyclopedia of ‘100 artists I couldn’t live without’.

In 2012 he received the award for best cover from the magazine Yorokobu, and in 2013 and 2014 he was one of the artists invited to the Urban Trends Festival Festival of Madrid, MULAFEST. He has also worked on publicity campaigns for brands such as Nike, Converse, Dockers, Levi’s…, as well as working with Futbol Club Barcelona and has created murals for Urban Outfitters, Cirque du Soleil and Montreal Airport.

We have a signed copy of 101 Artists to listen before you die, to be in a chance of winning, simply reply to our instagram video of Ricardo’s work in progress with your name and we will pick a winner on 31st of August.

 

Wahaca’s top tunes this August

Like in our kitchens, the variety of contemporary Latin American music has its cup of tea in the unknown work of music producers, sound engineers and alternative artists.

With the freshest products, these farmers, fishermen and harvesters are the foundation of our menus and an essential request from our chefs; they give us the opportunity to offer you the authentic flavours of the Latin and Mexican worlds at Wahaca. Because both, Hispanic music and food are old friends walking together since centuries ago, now you can enjoy the most exclusive, pure essence of them -specially curated for you- from the underground, at our venues in London.

Listen to our latest playlist in collaboration with New Hispanic Music on Soundcloud where you will also find out our Day of the Dead Festival’s playlist to get you familiar with all those amazing Mexican acts coming over in November.

 

MEXmas 2015 at Wahaca

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We’re busily cooking up some really special Christmas menus that’ll give your festive party a real Mexican twist. With mouth-watering street food, Tommi’s newly created seasonal sharing feast and freshly shaken cocktails, it’ll bring a little buzz from the markets of Mexico to your Christmas fiesta.  To register your interest, drop your email below and we’ll get in touch when our bookings for this year open soon.



Wahaca’s hot picks this August

Ah, summer… we hope you’ve been enjoying our summer specials including our lush Coctel de Camaron being served right now at your nearest Wahaca including our brand new baby Wahaca Bristol.

Here are some tips on how to keep busy this August with our Top 5 Mexi-things to do:

1- EXHIBITION: Cholombianos at Rich Mix– A photographic journey through Monterrey’s fascinating sub-culture, full of contrasts and tradition combining converse, religious images and outrageous hairstyles. 7-29th of August, Rich Mix London.

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2- WORKSHOP: Tech and Tacos at Wahaca Brixton – How would you like to make your very own thirsty plant kit for your chilli plants with Technology Will Save Us at Wahaca Brixton over some yummy tacos and margaritas?  Tuesday 18th of Aug

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3- ART: Drawings from Feral: A group of Mexican artists: Christian Castañeda, Mariana Magdaleno, Benjamín Sagols, Roberto Flore and Jorge Rosano Gamboa, run a space dedicated to contemporary drawing practice in México City exploring the concepts of religion and faith, reinterpreting their duality and nature through the act of drawing. 8 August- 5 Sept Chalton Gallery.

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4- OUTDOORS: Kew Garden’s Full os Spice– This summer, Kew will be Full of Spice as it explores the botanical origins of these mystical goods. Until 6th of September, Kew Gardens.

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5- EAT: Visit Wahaca Soho’s new Taco Bar- In collaboration with Sensacional, the people behind the Tacopedia book soon to be released by Phaidon, the new Taco Bar serves Ribeye & cheese tacos with fresh Riverford tomatillo salsa and the B.L.A.T.: Free range smoked bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato in a toasted blue corn tortilla made for you by the chef as you wait, just like you would in a Mexican taqueria. Wahaca Soho 12-11pm

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Street Art at Wahaca Bristol

When we found the space for our Bristol restaurant at the top of Queen’s Road in Clifton, our imagination was immediately sparked by the size and depth of the interior and the chance to bring a huge mural to the heart of this Street Art loving city.

The artist that we chose for this project, Will Barras, was one of the original pioneers of Bristol’s urban art scene and one of the artists who was celebrated at the Crimes of Passion: Street Art exhibition held at the nearby Royal West of England Academy. His own loose style of drawing has become influential worldwide thanks to exposure in books such as Scrawl and later on the cover of Street Sketchbook. As a member of the “Scrawl Collective” his work takes him on worldwide tours creating murals seen by millions.

In this film, we asked street artist Will Barras about the mural he’s created in our Bristol restaurant and how the city inspired his work.

For more films on what we’re up to at Wahaca, head over and subscribe to our WahacaTV YouTube channel

Thanks to the guys at Upsides Media. Visit www.upsidesmedia.co.uk for more of their work.

Tech and Tacos, a match made in heaven

We’ve partnered up with Technology Will Save us to host a workshop that goes hand in hand with our chilli-growing, all of this with added tacos and drinks at Wahaca Brixton on Tuesday 18th of August.

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We’ll be making DIY Thirsty Plant kits and plugging them into Wahaca chilli plants to make sure they’re well watered. All attendees will get to leave with their completed working Thirsty Plant Kit and a pack of Wahaca Chilli plant seeds to bring some Mexican spice into their own kitchens!

All of the making will be lead by one of our Tech Will Save Us experts!

12 places are available and we’re expecting they’ll go quick!

The £20 ticket price includes the Thirsty Plant Workshop, Three Tacos and a Margarita*.

*Participants must be over 18, please lets us know if you have any dietary requirements in advance,

Click here to book your place or email anna@wahaca.co.uk for more info.

School’s out for Mexican Summer

The summer holidays are here for all those little wahacos out there and to celebrate our #MexicanSummer & our fab kid’s menu, we are giving away a family meal at Wahaca, Polka Theatre tickets and a made to order piñata for that special celebration.
Wahaca’s kids menu allows the little ones to explore the market too with our “Build your own tacos”, where choosing from chicken, steak, MSC cod or veggies, they can wrap up tasty fresh guacamole, cheese and salad tacos by themselves.

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Jimmy having lunch at Wahaca Brixton

This year, we partnered up going forward with Polka Theatre at Wahaca Wimbledon where 20p from every special sold, will be going to support one of the most iconic children’s theatres in London, which relies in ticket sales and donations, providing award winning theatre to children from all backgrounds. We have a family ticket for their summer hit show Gorilla, a children’s classic that comes to life with puppetry, songs and a giant sprinkling of Polka magic to give away.

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And to top up your #MexicanSummer celebrations, we have a bespoke piñata that will be handicrafted for you by London based Mexican-American artist Katapixia, a piñata, recycled art and Mexican bread maker.

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Katapixia’s piñatas

Prize includes a family meal up to the value of £60, a family ticket to Gorilla at Wimbledon’s Polka theatre and one piñata made to order from Katapixia,

To enter simply share with  us your ideal #MexicanSummer pics on Twitter or Instagram. We will pick a winner on Friday the 24th of July.

Wahaca to host the mother of all Day of the Dead festivals

This year, we’re hosting a 12 hour party bringing together the best Mexican and British creative talent, for an explosion of Mexican life at London’s immense Tobacco Dock on November 7th.

Earlybird tickets for the mother of all Day of the Dead festivals have now sold out but will go on general sale next week. Register here to receive the latest news and be the first to hear about tickets..

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There’s going to be a cross-border musical mash-up. From the UK we’ve got The Horrors and Crystal Fighters booked to play our main stage, where they’ll be joined by amongst others epic Mexican super-group, Mexrrissey and Grammy award winning multi-platinum rock heroes Zoe, and there’s more acts to be released soon…

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There’s going to be world-beating Food. Enrique Olvera, probably Mexico’s most prominent chef, and whose restaurant Pujol is ranked in the top 20 in the world, is flying over to cook a supper club with our very own Thomasina Miers, for those lucky enough to grab a supper club ticket when they’re released later in the summer. For those who like to graze, the historic atria of The Tobacco Docks will feature stalls serving Mexican market tacos, contemporary tortas, smoky barbacoa, roasted elotes and fresh churros. Mexican hot chocolate salons will revive the spirits, and tequila and mezcal bars will serve them.

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There’s going to be art and debate. In partnership with the Saatchi Gallery and Mexico’s Rodrigo Peñafiel, the festival will take you on a journey through an extraordinary exhibit of Mexican and British art, celebrating life and death whilst English PEN, the global charity for literature and freedom of expression, will host a daytime talks stage to explore the issues affecting the Mexican state, its people and culture that inspire so many of us today. The fiesta will support the charity Periodistas de a Pie, which works to defend the rights of journalists and protect freedom of expression in Mexico.

As the sun sets, the music will get louder, and the fiesta more transcendent. UK and Mexican DJs including Mad Decent’s Toy Selectah, and making his UK debut, Erick Rincon of “3ball Mty” (Tribal Monterrey) will bring the uniquely hedonistic sound of Mextronica to the Capital.

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Wrap all this in immersive theatre, eating, drinking and dancing and you’ve got yourself a sensory spectacle with soul.

Not one to miss out on.

Win the ultimate Mexican summer evening.

To celebrate the Baja California specials menu, part of our #CuilinaryTrip series of regional Mexican dishes, and the arrival of Mexico’s national company Ballet Folklorico de Mexico De Amalia Hernandez, we are giving you the chance to win dinner for two at Wahaca Covent Garden and the best seats in the house for the Ballet’s performance at the Coliseum round the corner.

Our Baja menu, exclusive to Wahaca Covent Garden includes Octoups Tostada with peanut chilli oil, Clam, mussels and prawn arroz rojo to MSC smoked herring pescadilla and Roasted vegetable hibiscus & Peanut dressing. For pudding a Lime posset with shortbread. This new specials menu is sure to blow your mind and transport you to the beautiful coastal towns of foodie Baja.

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To complete your evening, Mexico’s national dance company Ballet Folklorico de Mexico De Amalia Hernandez heading to the UK at London’s Coliseum from July 22nd  to the 25th of July, 42 years to the day since their last UK engagement as part of the year of Mexico in the UK.

Formed by the charismatic Amalia Hernandez in 1952, the company have become Mexico’s leading artistic ambassadors. They were the first to travel to china and have been seen by over 45 million people worldwide, not least by the thousands of visitors who visit the company at Mexico’s  Palace of Fine Arts – the foremost stage for the arts in Mexico City which has housed the company since 1959.

Amalia’s work tells the of the building of a national. Her vibrant and energetic pieces see a cast of 40 dancers and 16 musicians bring the fierce traditions of Aztec Warriors and thrill of the fiesta dances to London in a blur of hundreds of colourful costumes.

Prize includes pre-theatre dinner at Wahaca Covent Garden up to the value of £40 and the best seats at the Coliseum on Wednesday 22nd of July. To enter simply share with  us your ideal #MexicanSummer pics on Twitter or Instagram. We will pick a winner on Friday the 17th of July.

To book tickets  for the show click here.