Brazilian summer in Bristol!

Been inspired by the World Cup and want to experience and learn more about Brazilian Culture?? This is your lucky summer! Here’s some dates for your diary!

Friday 4th of July –  Plantation Caribbean Restaurant, Gloucester Road

Come and get in the Carnival mood early at Plantation this Friday where you can catch BrisArts Maracatu project Afon Sistema making their debut performance alongside the one and only Bloco Ilu Axe. Expect carnival rhythms direct from North-Eastern Brazil: Samba Reggae, Afoxe, Maracatu and Ciranda. The energy and good vibes at this night are sure to get the Carnival party started early!! The event will be kicking off at 9pm but try and get down early to have some of Bev’s delicious home cooked Afro-Caribbean food and maybe a Caipirinha or five 😉


Saturday 5th of July – St Pauls Afro-Caribbean Carnival, St Pauls

The legendary Bristol Carnival is back for another year! In true Carnival fashion the day starts early! Head down to Brunswick Sq in St Pauls at 11am to witness the Encontro of Blocos. All Bristol drumming groups will be in attendance: Bristol Samba, Ilu Axe, Bristol Batala and Afon Sistema for a pre-parade soundclash!!! At 12 midday the parade will start where you can witness the amazing floats and costumes everyone has spent the entire year building. After the procession stick around and check out some of Bristols famous Reggae Soundsystems, our personal recommendations are Negus Melody and Maasai Warrior Sound Systems. In the evening head over to The Canteen on Stokes Croft where you can see Bristol Reggae veterans Talisman supported by Bristols own CDB Soundsystem.


16-17th July – Roseangela Silvestre Dance Workshops

Saw some amazing moves in the Carnival that inspired you to get up and dance? Go along to Roseangelas classes to experience a world leader in Afro-Brazilian dance. Rosangela Silvestre is a teacher, choreographer, dancer and creator of Silvestre Dance Technique. She is originally from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. She travels the world teaching and investigating movement, dance and music. Her intensives in Salvador draw dancers and people from all over the globe for the last 14 years. Her studies have led to her degrees in dance and choreography as well as Limon, Horton and Graham techniques. She was a choreographer for the Bale Folklorico da Bahia and Odunde. 

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Monday 21st July –  Drumming and Dance with Mariana Pinho and Simon Sou, City of Bristol Academy

This workshop will see two of Europes leading Brazilian Arts teachers combine together with a collaborative project linking music and dance from Brazil to the folkloric tales of India. Places on this class will cost £10/15. We don’t have any more info about this workshop just yet but please keep an eye out here for more info – you should not miss this class!!


Saturday 30th August – Songs of Life with Jon Hardeman, DMAC, Hamilton House

Another collaboration between Afon Sistema and Ilu Axe brings you another chance to learn and sing some of the beautiful, powerful ancient call and response songs and chants found in Afro-Brazilian roots culture. This is an open to all workshop. Jon Hardeman is one of the only people to be born outside of Brazil to be an expert in this music, not to be missed!!

Come and experience the power of singing in a group over a traditional live Afro-Brazilian four-piece ritual drum ensemble. You don’t have to be a singer and you don’t have to have singing experience, this special workshop in Afro-Brazilian ritual songs is for anyone with an interest in African Brazilian music and anyone who just wants to go for it.

The workshop will run from 3:45-6pm and will cost £15/20 or less if needed (please contact).

For more info please email or call Jon on  07905329373