WHAT WE ARE
The Latin UK Awards are Europe’s only awards ceremony celebrating the growing global impact of Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese music, dance, arts and sport.
Created by the UK’s leading Latino publication, Latino Life - in print (www.issuu.com/latinolife) and online (www.latinolife.co.uk), The LUKAS is a fantastic, colourful, and entertaining celebration of Europe's rapid growing passion for all things Latino.
SHINING A GLOBAL SPOTLIGHT ON GREAT LATIN ACHIEVERS
The LUKAS is a unique event, in which the greatest achievers in Latin music, dance, football, food, arts, community and business - from unsung heroes of the community to global football stars, artists and celebrities - come together under one roof to celebrate.
“I want to thank The LUKAS and the public in Europe for this prestigious award. I feel honoured and hope to visit Europe again as soon as possible” Juan Luis Guerra, International Act of the Year 2015
"It was a great honour for me to be recognised by the Latino community in the UK," Phil Manzanera, winner of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award,
"This is a beautiful award. Our cultures have given a huge amount to British society, if you think about sports, music and food its incredible the progress we have made here and this is a wondERful way of celebrating it." Osvaldo Ardiles, Lifetime achievment award 2014
ATTRACTING HIGH PROFILE GUESTS
THE LUKAS features Europe’s most outstanding Latin artists, film makers and sports personalities – celebrities and athletes from the stage, stadiums and sports fields – and international stars. The gala ceremony is attended by top politicians, artists, sports and TV personalities and features perfromances by the biggest international Latin artists.
“The LUKAS 2015 is a brilliant celebration of Latin America culture. I thoroughly enjoy the evenings, and look forward to it every year.”Jeremy Corbyn, Labour Party Leader Leader
“This is a very special award for us. Thanks you to all our public in Europe for showing us such love” Gente de Zona , International Act of the Year and and perfromers 2017
"I am so happy to have received this award and I'd like to say a big thank you to all those who took the time to vote for me. I really appreciate the effort and sentiment.” Luis Suarez, Footballer of the Year 2015
“Thank you for looking after us so well and for a great evening - We had a fantastic time and many congratulations on all your hard work.” David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), awards presenter
THE LUKAS 2018
The public nominate candidates at www.thelukas.co.uk/content/NOMINATIONS. Nominations will close on 30th December 2017 and voting will start on January 5th 2018. See Voting riles for terms and conditions
THE LUKAS TEAM
Amaranta Wright - Founder and Managing Director
Amaranta Wright is a journalist, author, magazine editor and social entrepreneur. Born in Buenos Aires, Amaranta Wright came to the UK from Argentina at the age of six, and grew up in North London where she went to Fortismere Comprehensive School. After reading Modern History at Oxford University, she returned to her birthplace and became correspondent for The Sunday Telegraph, San Francisco Chronicle, The Scotsman, and The Toronto Globe and Mail and was short-listed for The Jane Packenham Journalism award.
Amaranta then worked for Levi Strauss in a job that took her across Latin America researching youth culture. She wrote about her experience in a critically acclaimed book Ripped and Torn: Levi's, Latin America and The Blue Jean Dream, published by Random House and now being made into a film. After creating and running BULB, the award-winning global issues youth magazine, for four years Amaranta founded www.latinolife.co.uk – now the UK’s leading Latino lifestyle magazine. THE LUKAS is the brainchild of herself and Jose Luis, London’s leading Latin events promoter.
Jose Luis Seijas – Founder and Managing Director
Since his arrival from Caracas 20 years ago, Jose Luis has established himself as one of Europe's leading Latin DJs and events promoters, and has become a central reference point for Britain's Latino community. He pioneered the Urban Latin music and club movement in Europe, taking his creation, La Bomba – the UK’s most successful Latin club night at the Ministry of Sound – to Ibiza and Germany, South Africa and Hong King. As well as starting some of London’s most innovative club nights, Jose Luis has directed the UK's biggest Latin festivals, such as Latin Splash, Carnaval del Pueblo and the Latin Stage at The Notting Hill Carnival. Jose Luis also specializes in consulting and marketing for Latino brands in the UK. Rooted in a deep love of Latin music, years of expertise and loyalty to his roots, Jose Luis always has his finger on the Latin pulse.
Steve Lewinson - Music Director
Steve Lewinson is a musician, producer, songwriter, composer and musical director, who has worked with some of the world's most artistically and commercially successful artists, including Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Massive Attack, Amy Winehouse, George Michael, Sade, Kylie Minogue, Anita Baker and Jimmy Cliff and Simply Red. He has contributed to many award winning records, as well as to film soundtracks and theatre and opera productions. Steve also acts as a creative consultant to companies and organisations, helping them to recognise and develop new opportunities for growth. He has now joined The LUKAS as a partner in this role. We are delighted to welcome him to the team!
Kenny Underwood – Co-producer and Production Manager
Through his company, Cheeky Rascals, Kenny has become one of the UK’s leading project and event management consultants, bringing efficiency, quality and a meticulous attention to detail to all he touches. His recent and current projects include BeautyCon 2015 London – (Beauty and Lifestyle Exhibition) 1Direction – (Live Televised UK Promotional Performances 2015) Sarah Brightman World Tour 2016 and British Athletics Association – Indoor & Outdoor Live Broadcast Track & Field Events (2012 - Current). We are very fortunate to have Kenny as part of The LUKAS team.
WHY WE DID IT
Do you know a pub without its Salsa night, a gym without a Zumba class, or a neighbourhood without a Tapas bar? Whether its footballers in our Premier League, Brazilian beats in the coolest urban club nights or pub entertainment in the suburbs, Latino influence is everywhere… we even dominate Saturday night television with our fantastic Latin dances. Luso-Hispanic culture has been influencing global society for several decades now. it is time to celebrate the diverse Latin genres and achievements under one umbrella.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"I had a wonderful time at the LUKAS Award evening. Thank you for all your efforts. It meant a lot to me to receive the LUKAS ’Lifetime Achievement Award’ for Contribution to Human Rights." Bianca Jagger
" The LUKAS are doing a great job celebrating and rewarding the talent and efforts of our cultures" in the UK and Europe," says JUANES, multi Grammy award winner and currently the world's most popular all-Spanish speaking artist.
"! was absolutely delighted with the evening!” Dame Vivienne Westwood, Fashion Designer