Maidstone Arts Carnival parade

Hundreds of performers led by a sizeable Bloco Fogo band paraded through the streets of Maidstone for the town's Arts Parade.  Also in the parade were dancers from the Mandy Ellen Dance troupe, the Margaret Preedy Dance School, The Maidstone Singers, and Baterias not included, Maidstone Girls Grammar Schools very own Samba Band.

All of this was made possible by all the volunteers and funding from Maidstone Council's Make Maidstone Smile fund and in conjunction with MaidstoneArea Arts Partnership. And judging by the amount of smiles and reactions from people in the streets, this should be made into a regular event.

Brazilian Carnival Encontro 2012

An entire weekend full of workshops, showcase events, stage and street performances featuring bands from all over the UK and Europe.

This year's highlights include: Maracatu Estrela do Norte, Samba ya Bamba, Vaca Louca, Juba do Leao, Batebalengo, Garden City Samba, Bloco Fogo, Bloco do Sul, Sambassadors of Groove, Batala, Rhythms of the City, Ziriguidum, Toque Tambor, Nova Guarda, Maracatudo Mafua, Paraiso School of Samba, London School of Samba, Outra Vez, and Copa Cabana.

This really was an amazing opportunity to get involved and be inspired by other bands and performances, the energy and creativity on display was amazing. Looking forward to next year already!