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what's up? - events

Are you ready for your Samba year 2024? The Samba event agenda is filling up with great options and there are already dates for 2025! Find a list of workshops, festivals and drumming trips to Brazil that you can already register for.

Choro Camp New England 2024

17.-23.6.2024 - If you have fallen in love with the Brazilian music tradition "Choro" (or "Chorinho"), we know this much: you have really good taste. The Choro Camp in New England invites all Choro enthusiasts to an intensive multi-day workshop-encontro in New England (USA).
The Samba festival DLSDLE is happening again this year in Maromme La Maine - Normandie in France. 2 days of workshops, concerts, batucadas, dance and children's programmes. The organisers, Agogô Percussions, are excited to welcome all samba fans - register now!


The celebration of the sea goddess Yemanjá is celebrated every year on February 2nd by thousands of people with much affection and worship. Offerings are made to her through the sea and Candomlé ensembles play ritual rhythms on the beaches of Salvador in her honour.
Gabriel Lopes (Monobloco) has announced another Europe Tour in 2024 with 2 different workshops for Rio Samba bands - register now and learn from a total pro! All levels welcome, lots of input fresh from Rio and he's also launching his new Samba book shortly!
10-12.11.2023 The still very young Samba School in Munich Praias do Isar is already fully involved in Europe's Samba scene. For their 1-year anniversary, they warmly invite the Samba community not only to party with them, but also to join them for percussion and dance workshops.
Your Samba Summer is not over yet! Summer and autumn festivals across Europe! If you missed the Sambanale, the Coburg Samba Festival, the MegaSamba and the Brasil Fest in Brno, you'll have plenty of opportunities to party at some awesome Samba events in the coming weeks!
Leandro Barsotti, Mestre of the G.R.E.S. Estação Primeira de Lanus in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is coming over for a Workshop Tour in Europe. For fans of Rio Style Samba - book now!
8.-17.1.2024 In Bahia, the bay of all saints, everything flows together musically speaking. Join us on an extraordinary workshop trip in a small group where you will gain a deep insight not only into music and rhythms, but also have a first-hand experience of the Brazilian culture.
A musical and cultural journey to the northeast of Brazil for all fans of Afro Beats and Samba Reggae! All interested Brazilian percussionists are invited to join this Bahia Connection event for two or even three weeks in the wonderful pre-carnival buzz.

Brasil Fest Brno 2023

3-6.8.2023 The Latin music festival with loads of Brasil beats, shows and workshops in Brno in the Czech Republic invites you to a 4-day experience: 4 stages on the main festival day, music, dance, good food, shows, workshops, absolute samba summer!

Samba Festival Nijmegen 2023

For the 19th time, the Samba community in Nijmegen invites you to its Samba Festival with a fabulous programme and international guests - a workshop weekend to party & play samba with groups and well-known mestres from Europe. Meet old friends and make new ones, samba non-stop & good vibes!

Samba Festival Hartberg 2023

11-13.8. After last year's great success, the Escola de Samba Baturim from Vienna and the quaint town of Hartberg in Eastern Styria invite you again to a 3-day festival at an extrordinary location offering workshops for Samba Reggae, Samba Batucada & Dance.

Kalango at the Samba Festival Coburg 2023

14.-16.7.2023 Wow - after a really long break we are finally back in Coburg. This year we will have a compact booth and lots of equipment for sambistas and fans of Brazilian percussion. We are really looking forward to seeing you all and do some catching up - see you soon!
25.6.-1.7.2023 With their this year's theme "Climate Emergency and Biodiversity", the Parisians live to the rhythm of culture, colours and community life. Come join the flagship event of the association Couleurs Brazil, located in the heart of the 20th district of Paris.

Choro Camp New England 2023

Join us for Choro Camp New England’s 3rd edition: June 26 – July 2, 2023! If you have fallen in love with the Brazilian musical tradition Choro (or Chorinho) - you have good taste! A unique option for all Choro instrument sections and levels to get together for some seriously good music!


June 10-11, 2023 in Badbergen, Germany - a friendly Samba encontro with great workshops for all levels and Brazilian styles out in the countryside - outdoorsy, camper and van life friendly! A festival not to be missed.
The first Samba festival solidary with and supporting people with intellectual disabilities invites you to their event on May 28th to celebrate a musical get-together in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. Workshops, DJs, raffles and a lovely family programm await you!
Dive deep into the diversity of Brasil percussion with Dudu Tucci: from pandeiro to timbal, Candomblé, conga, bateria workshops, pre-carnival trip to Salvador and, as a highlight, a new season of the Raizes do Brasil training project beginning this summer.
Warning - Samba highlight: learn from a samba pro from Rio: Gabriel Lopes (Monobloco) is touring Europe with 2 different workshops - register now! All levels welcome, lots of input fresh from Rio and the launch of his new Samba book!

Carabassamba Festival Mallorca 2023

14.-16.4.2023 Samba Reggae and Rio Samba Encontro - the Carabassamba invites you with a great selection of workshops, shows, concerts and island atmosphere. As always, the hosts have put together an excellent programme with selected guest mestrxs.
9-13.11.2022: Five days nothing but Samba playing! Grooves and bateria sessions non-stop for groups or individuals. The perfect workshop to brush up your repertoire, develop your skills or learn a second instrument. Intensive workshop on all bateria instruments with Dudu Tucci.
Authentic Afro Samba from Salvador da Bahia with Mestre César Veloso (former Mestre of Malê Debalê), workshop in Berlin on October 1st, 2022, private bookings for groups, blocos and schools are welcome. Register now!

Carabassamba Festival Mallorca 2022

Returning after a long break - the Carabassamba Festival features a terrific selection of Samba de Enredo, Samba Reggae and Samba no Pé workshops, shows, concerts and island feeling. As usual, the islander hosts enchant with their small but excellent programme and selected guest mestres.
20 years of Marafoxé Nação Nagô! A fusion style of Maracatu and Afoxé, which Juninho Quebradera transformed into an exciting project in the favela Ilha de Joaneiro. A story that reaches from Recife to Berlin and doesn't stop there. The anniversary will be celebrated on 3.9. in Berlin.

Samba Festival Nijmegen 2022

Nijmegen welcomes you to their Samba Festival with international guests to celebrate their workshop weekend & play samba with groups and popular mestres from Europe. Meet old friends and make new ones, Samba non-stop & good vibes!
The 1st samba festival in Austria! The ever-cheerful and energetic Austrian samba scene invites you to the quaint town of Hartberg in Eastern Styria for a diverse encontro of Brazilian music sessions, dance, parade and loads of Samba Batucada, star guest from Rio!

Coburg Samba Festival 2022

30 years Coburg Samba Festival - congratulations! After a long break, this year's Samba Festival returns to the heart of Coburg with international bands and guests from Germany, all of Europe and Brazil. This year you will unfortunately have to manage without our Kalango stall.

+KSamba Festival Mallorca 2022

And a very Happy Birthday to the Sandungueros! The hosts of the 8th +KSamba Festival in Mallorca are turning 20. A delightful Samba festival in the heart of Mallorca, nestled in the narrow streets of Lloseta, drum feel like at the Pelourinho!

10 years MEGASAMBA Sesimbra 2022

Literally Mega - hundreds of ritmistas and passistas meet at the end of July for one of Europe's top Samba highlights. Not far from Lisbon and right on the shoreline of Sesimbra with magnificent beaches and the mighty Atlantic Ocean - massive, crazy, beautiful!
DuettO: Level up your repinique playing and learn from the pros! Lucas and Hebert are the ultimative killer duo on the repinique. After a longer break, they are finally touring Europe again! You can book them for a workshop between 13.6.-6.8.2022.
Ever wanted to learn from a total Samba pro from Rio? Gabriel Lopes (Monobloco) is touring Europe from April to June 2022 offering 2 different workshops. All levels are welcome, Gabriel will find plenty of fabulous Samba input to enhance your group performance. Save the date!

Feliz Festa de Yemanjá

The Festa de Iemanjá is one of Salvador's most important summer celebrations. Every year on February 2nd, the beaches of Praia Vermelha in Salvador da Bahia turn into a ceremonial celebration area where offerings are made and much music is played. Read more about this tradition in our article.
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