NICARAGUAN MUSIC NIGHT – THURS 26 APRIL, Venue La Ruca 89 Glos Rd, Bristol BS7 8AS

NICARAGUAN MUSIC NIGHT – THURS 26 APRIL, Venue La Ruca 89 Glos Rd, Bristol BS7 8AS


Join us at the fantastic La RUCA cafe for an exciting evening of revolutionary folk songs and Nicaragua-themed entertainment!!

We’re delighted that two visiting Nicaraguan musicians—Franklin Martínez & Luis Jarquín—will be providing live music, including a performance of the famous Carlos Mejia Godoy songs from the Misa Campesina Nicaragüense (the Nicaraguan Peasants’ Mass).

Arrive at 6pm for food, available for purchase from La Ruca’s fantastic (and very reasonably priced) menu. Bring your own beer / wine (but please make a donation for corkage!) Music from 7pm.

Plus a raffle with the chance of winning a bottle of Nicaragua’s prized Flor de Caña rum!

£5 entry. All proceeds will go towards the development projects supported by BLINC, Bristol’s twinning with the Nicaraguan town of Puerto Morazán.

Venue La Ruca 89 Glos Rd, Bristol BS7 8AS


El Sueno Existe mini festival 20/21st July

El Sueno Existe mini festival 20/21st July

Screen Shot 2018-04-11 at 12.49.33.pngUpcoming mini festival in Machynlleth, near Aberystwyth celebrating all things Nicaraguan / Latin American.

Further details at

Venue Y Plas Arts Centre, Machynlleth town centre SY20 8ER

5 mins walk from train station, trains direct from Birmingham/Shrewsbury

Camping – nearest is Gwerniago  Pennal, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9JX

3 miles from venue   01654 791 227

Also plenty of B&Bs, Wynnstay Hotel etc.

Tourist info for accommodation (@corris craft centre: 01654 761 244

and on the comedy festival website

(ignore the “sold out” – that is just for their weekend in May)

Friday 20th July evening: FILM, Nicaragua (Tbc)

Saturday 21st day time : workshops/speakers/poetry/film/dance etc  – Nicaragua past and present

Saturday evening 7pm – 11pm : concert

Casa Benjamin Linder! About & Air bnb link included

Link about Casa Benjamin Linder –

Link to casa Ben Linder Airbnb –

Who was Benjamin Linder?

Benjamin Linder was a young mechanical engineer and juggler from Portland, OR, who had the dream of making a change in humanity. He grew up with a family who encouraged him to chase his dreams and become the person he wanted to be. When Benjamin started to look for a job where he could make an impact, he found that Nicaragua was a place that had endured many setbacks and he could provide support in numerous ways.

In 1983, Benjamin arrived in Nicaragua with hopes of helping its people. His goal was to help those who were damaged by the Somoza’s regime. He started by cooperating with a small Sandinista social group that dedicated the majority of its time encouraging families to receive vaccinations and other health-care related matters in Managua. Ben used his skillful clown and juggling abilities to attract families, especially children, into receiving their vaccinations.

While the country was recovering from the revolutionary war, Ben believed he could help with a bigger project. He traveled to El Cuá, a rural community in Jinotega. El Cuá was in a very devastated condition; there was no potable water or functioning electricity at that time.

The project he worked on there was in developing different designs for hydroelectric plants to help the community immensely in the future. Ben and his colleagues were finally able to make a difference, as El Cuá first received electricity in 1985. Yet following this accomplishment, there were more problems to come.

While the Somoza dictatorship had been taken down by the Sandinista Revolution, there was still a rebel group called the Contras. This group was funded by the U.S in order to overthrow any progress made by the Sandinistas. The Contras targeted the people who organized and worked in the hydroelectric plant project in El Cuá. In 1987, when Ben was searching for another project location in nearby San José de Bocay, he and his colleagues were ambushed and assassinated by the Contras.  Benjamin Linder was the only U.S citizen to be killed by the U.S funded Contras.

Link to casa Ben Linder Airbnb –

About Casa Ben Linder

The Casa Ben Linder property was originally purchased in 1987 by a group of U.S. citizens living in Nicaragua who opposed the U.S.-funded Contra War and organized demonstrations against the war in front of the U.S. embassy in Managua every Thursday morning.

The house was named after Benjamin Linder, and its purpose was to provide a safe gathering space for U.S. citizens in solidarity with the Nicaraguan Revolution, in case U.S. troops invaded Nicaragua. Although that never came to pass, when the Contra War ended in 1990, the group began hosting regular Thursday morning educational talks at Casa Ben Linder that lasted for nearly 25 years.

For many years, the Casa Ben Linder housed solidarity organizations and Nicaraguan organizations working with the poor, including FUNDECI, which was founded by Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockman, a Maryknoll priest, who was Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister in the 1980s and who later served as President of the General Assembly of the United Nations.