The Encontro Street Band Festival is delighted to present the launch of a brand new samba project. União das Ilhas! Uniting passionate players of samba music from all over the UK & Ireland, the group provides an opportunity for Britain & Ireland’s most experienced sambistas to learn and play together, and to celebrate a shared love of the music of Rio de Janeiro's samba schools. We’re expecting over 80 musicians to take to the stage!
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!