Featuring inspirational international collaborations, presentations of new work, original festival commissions and some of Europe’s leading artists. Special guests include Paraiso School of Samba (London), led by artists who grew up immersed in the Rio de Janeiro samba scene. The headline slot is reserved for Glasgow’s very own – and internationally acclaimed – SambaYaBamba, who will delight audiences with their uproarious blend of drums, brass, dancers and Glasgow sass
Now in its second year, The Encontro Street Band Festival is a spectacular weekend-long celebration of street band music! Bringing 25 UK and international bands to the streets of Glasgow, the festival boasts a packed programme – including 2 days of captivating pop up outdoor performances in and around the Merchant City.
Featuring all flavours of street drumming, carnival brass, marching band, New Orleans jazz, Afro-Brazilian percussion, straight up samba and more – plus extravagant costumes, awesome dancers, artistic collaborations and massed youth bands – the festival brings the spirit of hot dusty streets at carnival time right into the heart of Glasgow!