[Photo: Nicolas Raymond]
Not to be confused with Brazilian Independence Day in September, Brazil Day 2014 on June 12 is an epic celebration of Brazil’s part in the World Cup and a great excuse to party hard with caipirinha, caprioska and capoeira. Whether you love football (or love to hate it), we’ve found something for you all. Score! Here’s our guide to the top six ways to spend Brazil Day…
Brazil Day at Trafalgar Square: The football-free fiesta
Dress in yellow, green and blue for this carnival-style event. There will be DJs, drumming, samba and capoeira. Food lovers fear not, there will be a food market, but footy fans may wish to party elsewhere if they want to watch the opening Brazil vs Croatia match as it won’t be screened in Trafalgar Square. June 12. Free entry. Noon-7pm.
Brazilian Night! At Ronnie Scott’s: The Brazilian music night
Swap the sound of heckling fans for Brazilian beats at Ronnie Scott’s evening of top-notch Brazilian musicians. June 12. £8 in advance, £10 on the door.
Boteco Brazil at The Gallery Soho: The authentic event
The only pop-up event the Brazilian embassy regard as ‘authentic’. Expect football on big screens (of course), film screenings, cooking and cocktail classes, talks on South American culture, it’s got the lot. Capoeira and samba demos too. June 12-July 13. Cost varies.
Carnival of Colour at Patch: The charity event
Joga Bola! At Rich Mix: The month long Brazilian bonanza
Celebrate Brazilian culture with a multitude of events including live Brazilian music, street art, theatre, film screenings and world cup matches on a 20 ft screen. June 12-July 13. Free entry.
Floating Cinema – Live Art Comission 2014: The musical jam
A bit of a late starter, you have to wait until June 28 for this Brazilian bash, but it does sound like it’s worth the wait. As you float along expect live performances of songs that were censored from 1964-1986. There will be a live link to a venue in Rio de Janeiro so musicians in both London and Rio learn, play and understand each other’s censored songs together. June 28.
Enjoy Brazilian food? Try Canela.
By Laura Sagar