tunbridge wells

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

Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon 2015

Over 2,000 runners took part in this year's Lifestyle Kia Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon which took place on a crisp February morning. The race was started by Dame Kelly Holmes with the support of Bloco Fogo to bring a carnival atmosphere to the proceedings. A quick blast at the start to see the runners off before we headed off to play at the 11.5 mile spot outside the Kia Garage near the Spa hotel.

The support form the runners as they passed in the way of smiles, cheers and clapping kept us going till the last runner passed, and hopefully we motivated them onwards in the closing stages of the race. A great band turnout help to keep the volume levels high and the samba rhythms pumping out !

Bloco Fogo at the Tunbridge Wells Half Marathon from Marc Peters on Vimeo.

Tunbridge Wells Lantern Parade 2015

Bloco Fogo's HUGE band of 40 drummers led the parade of hundreds of children and their lanterns through the streets of Tunbridge Wells for the annual Winter Lantern Parade.
Their seemed to be more lanterns than ever before this year having been created during several workshops throughout January. With a general theme of water this year there were fishes galore, including a special Bloco Fogo Fish !

Special thanks go out to Town & Country housing and CREATE ( Camden Road Education, Arts & Theatre Enterprise) for supporting the event and helping to make it possible, along with all those that donated to help the group make their funding target of £1,000.

More details can be found online

Tunbridge Wells Mela

Bloco Fogo opened the 9th Tunbridge Wells Mela, a celebration of music, visual arts, food and dance from around the World, organised by Cohesion Plus. The sun came out over Calverley Grounds as we started with over 30 people on stage playing to an appreciative audience that grew as people heard us the sounds of drums and samba and came to see what was happening. A great family event !