Meninos do Bloco Fogo Samba Summer School

Over the last week we held our first ever summer school for 8-14 year olds in Kent to come and have a go at learning the different skills involved in samba. Over 5 mornings, the children learnt a mixture of drumming, dancing and craft skills to perform on Saturday in Tunbridge Wells with Bloco Fogo in an exciting and memorable performance.
Bloco Fogo mestre Cheryl, led the drumming workshops teaching everything from basic samba reggae rhythms and techniques to performing as a bateria. Dance tutor Hester, taught the children an exciting combination of afro-reggae and street dance moves whilst Theatre Prop Designer Jemma, guided the children through a series of craft workshops to create some beautiful flags, hats and beads for our performance.

Aided by Bloco Fogo volunteers, the week flew by with the children working hard to create not only some amazing music and dance, but new friendships and skills.

"I've been blown away by the amount of hard work, creativity and concentration the children have put in over the last week, as well as the professionalism all the tutors involved brought to the project. The performance was utterly fantastic, with members of the public dancing and getting caught up in the excitement of the occasion -I'm just so proud of everyone! Who's joining us in 2016?!" -Cheryl

Keep your eyes pealed for videos on our page of the performance and rehearsals over the next few weeks, and if you took any photos or videos, don't forget to tag us or use #blocofogosummerschool

There are so many people to thank: Our superstar Meninos: Jess, Matthew, Eryk, Rosie and Amelie; Tutors and Volunteers: Hester, Jemma, Jackie, Tracy, Lily, Jon, Hannah and Ruby; St Matthew's Primary School, High Brooms for hosting us, Eurotalk for their Brazilian language worksheet, Nuffield Health for sharing the performance space with us on Saturday.

Photos by: Jess, Eryk, Hannah, Kevin & Cheryl

Sevenoaks Preparatory School Rio Summer Ball

A small group came together on a fabulous summer evening to play at the Rio themed Summer Ball at Sevenoaks Preparatory school.  A couple of hundred guests in all their splendour were welcomed along the pink carpet by a riot of Brazilian sounds before being led into dinner as we paraded through the marquee. An exquisite evening, bought to life by Bloco Fogo !

Loose Primary School Summer Fete

Someone saw us at another event and was blown away by our performance, energy and the vibe we had, and just had to have us along to their fete, Fortunately this year our schedule meant we could just about squeeze this in between our other gigs!
A short 30 minute set at peak fete time was well received by the crowds, with Cheryl announcing to the fete who we were and what to listen out for in our performance.

The quiet area provided an excellent sheltered spot for a picnic.


Moonlight Catwalk

The eight-mile Moonlight Catwalk took place on Friday June 15, beginning at Claremont Primary School in Banner Farm Road, Tunbridge Wells at 10pm.
In aid of Hospice in the Weald, walkers were asked to dress to impress and come along for a night on the town. Surprises and treats were available along the way to keep everyone going, plus there was a free celebratory drinks and chocolate at the end.

Bloco Fogo were there to keep spirits high as the walkers gathered at the start and begin their warm up routines.