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Brazilian beats: Pelourinho comes to the South Bank

Posted at 9:15 am, August 17, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment, Fun London, Music & Nightlife, Outdoor London

Brighten up your weekend with a splash of Brazilian culture by heading to the South Bank for a host of free shows and workshops including drumming, Afro-Brazilian dance and spoken word poetry. Performers from the Pelourinho neighbourhood in Salvador, North Eastern Brazil, are joining forces with talented young Londoners for a colourful weekend of music and fun. As they say in Brazil, nossa! (That means wow.)

The weekend’s highlights include all-female drumming group Banda Didá, which was formed through a project which coaches women from the area in music and drumming as well as their social and emotional development. In Yesimi Blake’s project ‘Spirit of Pelourinho’, young people from both London and Brazil use photography and spoken word to express how they feel about their neighbourhoods. Folk dance and Samba workshops are on throughout the weekend for those who feel the need to brush up their rhythm section know-how. The festival culminates with a flash mob performance of dance and drumming on the Riverside Terrace on Sunday evening, rehearsed by beginners and experienced performers that day. Katie Forster

The Pelourinho Weekend takes place from 16-18 August on the South Bank. The full programme of events can be found here.

Don’t miss rapper Afro Jhow at 8:30pm on Saturday – listen to one of his tracks below to get in the carnival mood:



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