Guanabara, Rio Carnival Capers

Covent Garden’s Guanabara is a veritable fiesta of South American culture, food and music set in a tropical world of authentic menus, live music and dancing. And now the 600 capacity venue is gearing up for the party of all parties: the Rio Carnival.

For seven nights that kick off in high style on 26th February, expect show-stopping performances, Brazilian food, beats and rum cocktails galore with sequin-clad Samba dancers, capoeira performers, burlesque dancers, jugglers and contortionists. Arrive early to learn some samba moves and ensure you take to the dance floor like a pro.

The opening night brings Circo do Guanabara, complete with circus and burlesque acts, samba ballerinas, fire breathers, hula-hoppers and more with the next seeing a carnival parade by London School of Samba that starts at 7pm in Covent Garden’s Piazza before hitting the Guanabara stage later that evening.

And the fun just keeps on coming with the Baile das Mascaras masque ball on the first of the month where revelers are encouraged to get into the party spirit by wearing their finest head-dresses and covering exposed flesh in glitter and body paint before getting down to the beats of DJ Moishe and D.Vyzor.

Don’t peak too early though as Sunday night’s Forro Carnival Special promises to be the biggest party of the week with Zeu Azevedo and the Forrodaqui band pushing on through to 4am and for those still going strong, Monday brings Bahia night when drummer Marcos Santana will take to the stage. Finally, Tuesday’s closing party sees the Soh Kem Eh band pumping out classic Samba repertoire, Marchinhas and other old-school classics anthems.

Wednesday 26th February – Tuesday 4th March 2014

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