United Beatz – Bristol Youth Bloco

Logo design courtesy of Sam Wild

Thanks to funding from Arts Council England we have started a group for young people in Bristol who want to learn percussion or dance. As this group is specifically for young people, they have decided the name of the group – United Beatz. Using traditional Brazilian carnival instruments, we will be teaching the group a fusion of music and dance, ranging from styles such as Samba and Reggae to Dancehall and HipHop. In addition to performing at Carnivals and Festivals across Bristol, as part of this project the group will also have the opportunity to perform with some of the most experienced and talented Brazilian musicians in the UK.

We are incredibly excited about the opportunities provided by this project, and can’t wait to get Bristol’s young people drumming and dancing! Not only will this group provide a way for local young people to get involved in Brazilian music and dance, it will also be an incredible addition to Bristol’s growing Carnival Arts scene. We are hoping to create a group that will be sustainable and provide long-term benefit to the community and it’s young people.

United Beatz drummers rehearsing

United Beatz drummers rehearsing

United Beatz Rehearsals

Weekly rehearsals will be held each Wednesday from 18th March through to VYBE Festival on 25th July.

Percussion rehearsals are held from 6 – 8pm at the Trinity Centre, Trinity Road, Bristol, Avon BS2 0NW

Dance rehearsals are held from 7:30 – 9pm at City Academy, Russell Town Avenue, Avon, Bristol BS5 9JH

There will also be one rehearsal per month on a Sunday (dates tbc) for both the dancers and drummers to rehearse together.

Rehearsals  will be led by Percussion Tutors, Jackson Lapes and Jordan Packham, and Dance Tutors, Jenny Rintoul and Ellie Lewis. All Bris Arts tutors have a wealth of experience working with young people, as well as being performing musicians and dancers in their own right. They all have up to date CRB/DBS checks and public liability insurance. Bris Arts also has a Child Protection policy in place.

If you require any further information about the project, rehearsal times or have any other questions, please feel free to contact the Project Manager, Becky Stothart, at Please note places are limited, so please do get in touch as soon as possible if you would like to be take part!

Afon Sistema

Afon Sistema is our community music group for adults based in Easton, Bristol. The band started in 2013 and fuses music from Brazil with rhythms and songs from around the world…With up to 20 drummers we are sure to make the floor shake with our huge wooden drums!!! We have performed at local events such as St Pauls Carnival and Pontypool Carnival, Oxjam Bristol Takeover music festival, as well as at local venues such as The Plantation. In 2015 we will be parading as part of both Bath Carnival and St Pauls Carnival. We are also available to come and play at private events or your town’s Carnival! Just get in touch!

Each September we open the band for new members to join, currently we have two tiers, beginner and intermediate. Please get in touch to be added to our mailing list.