Wrestlers assemble! Three days of Mexican food, fighting and culture as Lucha Libre comes to York Hall
This July, Mexico’s best fighters will be converging on London for three days of fighting, revelry and fun. The Greatest Spectacle Of Lucha Libre will feature Mexican masked superheroes, Bolivia’s Fighting Cholitas and the UK’s own Lucha Britannia battling it out in a retro-style Mexican Arena at York Hall in East London. As well as the action in the ring, there will also be Mexican street food, Agave cocktails and special edition Lucha Libre beer, carnival dancers and cabaret acts.
For those who don’t know, Lucha Libre – which translates as ‘free fighting’ – is a Mexican style of wrestling where the participants perform acrobatic moves and high jumps while dressed in flamboyant outfits and masks. Fighters generally fall into two groups: Rudos (the bad guys) who break the rules and use underhand tactics and Técnicos (the good guys), who follow the rules and wow the crowd with more complex moves.
Every day will feature different shows, including family-friendly matinees, a huge Grand Finale and a wild Friday night cabaret for adults-only. Headling the show will be Mexico’s greatest luchador, El Hijo del Santo (The Son of The Saint), along with some of his country’s top luchadores.
Meanwhile, before the three-day extravaganza kicks off, two films about Lucha Libre will be premiered at Oval Space on 8 July. A screening of El Hombre Detrás De La Mascara will be followed by a Q&A session with El Hijo del Santo and producer Gabriela Obregón, with the second film, Mamachas Del Ring followed by a Q&A with Carmen Rosa and director Betty M. Park plus a conversation with ‘The Queen of the Ring’ Cassandro El Exótico. There will also be two after parties on 9 and 10 July at the Resistance Gallery.
- Lucha Libre takes place on 9 – 11 July 2015 at York Hall, Bethnal Green, E2 9PJ. Nearest station: Bethnal Green. Tickets: £20-£45 (discounts available for children). For more information or tickets, visit Lucha Libre World website.
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