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A Brazilian Carnival and so much more at Southbank Centre

Published 27 June 2010

Festival Brazil, sponsored by HSBC and hosted by Southbank Centre, aims to introduce Brazilian culture in its full. Three things come to my mind when thinking of Brazil, and probably I am not the only one with this. Carnival, samba and football – these three are always the first to come to mind when it comes to Brazil.

However, the country is so much more; huge, diverse and exciting. Discussions with poets and writers, art exhibitions, performances of iconic musicians, debates about present-day Brazil, film screenings, free weekends with photography exhibitions and food stalls are among the events at Festival Brazil, which started in 19 June and will end in 5 September.

One of the highlight shows of the E4 Udderbelly at Southbank Centre organized within the Festival wears the name Brazil! Brazil!. After seeing the show I am confident to say that this is one of the most fitting events to attend this summer, when everything is about the World Cup, and Brazil are one of the favourites to win with their samba style.

It is great for couples when the parties concerned cannot decide on ‘football or not football’ as a program for the evening; and it is also great for those who are still trying to understand why others are so crazy about a ball and the twenty-two players running after it. With a bit of football and a lot more of dance and music, it is suitable both for men and ladies. For ladies because as The Scotsman noted the show is ‘a cast of hunky South American men who ooze machismo charm with every abdominal flex, flirting shamelessly and shirtlessly between handstands and somersaults…’. Believe me, the writer of these lines did not exaggerate!

Moreover, since the central theme of the performance is the beautiful game that is football and its history in Brazil, combining with capoeira and samba, with gorgeous singers and dancers, this is something that would be definitely interesting for men and every football fan as well. As an ultimate treat, Rhythm Carnival, Brazil’s hottest samba band, provides a carnival-like festive atmosphere with popular songs like ‘Mas que nada’ and many others.

For those who have never been to an E4 Udderbelly event, to make it easier to find the place, this is an enormous, upside-down purple cow, grazing in its special pasture, just off Queens Walk South, between the Royal Festival Hall and London Eye – a perfect place to eat, drink and soak up the unique festival atmosphere.

Brazil! Brazil!

Dates: 15 June – 18 July 2010

Tuesdays-Saturdays 7pm
Saturdays & Sundays 2.30pm (Sundays 4, 11 & 18 also at 7pm)
No shows on Mondays.

Ticket Prices:
Weekdays: £18 / 16 concessions / 14 under 16s
Weekends: 20 / 18 concessions / 15 under 16s
Matinees 20 / 18 concessions / 15 under 16s

Tickets/Box Office:
E4 Udderbelly Ticket Office, Jubilee Gardens 12pm- Late
Ticket Office, Royal Festival Hall 10am-8pm (daily)

Tickets also available online at udderbelly.co.uk and southbankcentre.co.uk