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Past events

Mariana Pinho costumes designs for London School of Samba
Performing with London School of Samba (Unidos de Londres) and proud debut of my Ala das Baianas for The New Carnival Company in the lovely Isle of Wight. Massive thanks to Ana Paulino and Elza Ribeiro and all workshop volunteers for the help on getting this costumes ready!
Full photo album here.




Maracatudo Mafua at Brazil Day
Trafalgar Square
June 12th
Produced by Brazilian Embassy in London
the event united the groups that represent brazilian culture in London.
   Beautiful day where Trafalgar Square celebrated the start of the World Cup!
Full photo album here.



Maracatudo Mafua at Brockley Max Festival
Hilly Fields
June 7th
Mafua's 1st set of the season, performing to their local community and special moment where Natan Regis ( son of the singer Rebeca Vallim) has his debut, singing the sing Preto Velho.
Video of this precious moment here and pics here!
Pic by John Gaffen



Selva presents: FESTA NORDESTINA
9 May at 20:00

Rich Mix London35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road,, E1 6LA


A evening celebrating the music, dance and culture of the North East of Brazil. Selva is ever changing like nature’s forces and inspired by the need to raise awareness of latin culture and environmental issues we operate like a magnetic vortex.




With live music from FORRO SINCOPADO, LET DRUM BEAT, with LAB and Movimientos DJs, interactive performance, visuals, costumes and much more.









at SOL SAMBA ( Oxford)


Wednesday May 14th


After almost 10 years of collaborations, Mariana returns to the Sol Samba nest!


More info here:







MAY 9th-11th

'Future Leaders' apprentices (aged between 13 and 25 depending on the art form) will extend their practical skills in carnival arts based music making, dance, visual arts and drum kit, as well as gain project management experience, guided by leading artists and professionals in their field. 

  By the end of their year together, we hope that all 40 of the Future Leaders are in an improved position to deliver their own work, develop new ideas with other likeminded artists, and generally feel a greater sense of confidence and belief in their abilities to take their skills to the next level. More info here.

Mariana Pinho's Dance workshops + Maracatu Drumming by Ramon Fernandez + Samba reggae drumming by Mac Preto Velho ( Dende) 

at TRIBE OF DORIS Summer gathering

MAY 29th- June 1st  

Explore, participate, experience, collaborate!This years gathering will take place in the grounds of the stunning Stanford Hall, a 900 acres park & estate, through which the river Avon flows.


 Collaboration is also a key part of what we do so we will be setting up spaces, both formal and informal for people to share, inspire and innovate. The central fire is often a place where new ideas spark into being. More info here.



Gandaia Cultural Carnival - Brazil 2014


 As per every year, we gather some pretty amazing educational sessions with artists/groups! Check our  cultural journey through Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Recife. Full info on our previous edition here and watch this space for 2015 plans!





Drumming Masterclass with Gilu Amaral


​From Orquestra Contemporanea de Olinda
Monday 28th October

Husky Studios 29a Amelia St - London, SE17 3PY, UK


Born and raised in Olinda, Gilu has gained a wide range of musical experience, acquired through work and collaboration with many artists such as Naná Vasconcelos, Renata Rosa, Mundo Livre S/A, amongst many. Immersed in different rhythmical structures from sacred ritual of "candomble", different schools and local musical groups. This allowed the artist to have a domain of many rhythms such as maracatu, samba, forro, 'coco', ciranda and cavalo marinho.


  In this session the rhythms from Pernambuco are unfolded in 3 hours of drumming and learning!


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