Thursday, 10 June 2010
Brazil comes to London
My colleague Steve Draper is a bit of a fan of “all-things Brazilian”. These aren’t his words. I’ve just interpreted some of his actions as so.
Firstly, he sent me a picture of himself drinking a caipirinha, after he read my recent blog entry. You can see how much he likes it from the photo below. Secondly, Steve likes Brazilian group Os Mutantes and knows a lot about its members and the history of the band. He even asked me to translate some of the song titles. But he doesn’t know that they’re playing at the Festival Brazil in London’s Southbank Centre this summer, which runs from this Friday (June 11) until September. Steve – book your tickets.
The festival sounds really good, actually. I particularly like the fact that the organisers have mixed established Brazilian names – like singer Gilberto Gil and artist Ernesto Neto – with up-and-coming talent, especially in the literature section. I’m planning to go to as many of the events as possible – some are free, others are not – and report back to you. But try to go and see for yourself. If it’s done well, it should give you a real insight into Brazilian culture.