DEC
31

New Years Eve Fiesta!

Traditional Spanish hospitality and fiery flamenco at Costa Dorada for a New Year’s eve of fine cuisine and hospitality. This is a great opportunity to try something different this year and experience a unique New Year experience.

DEC
31

New Years Eve Tropicalista

Three of London’s best Latin music nights are joining forces again this New Year’s Eve for what is surely the only way to see out the year. DJs from Movimientos, Batmacumba and Arriba La Cumbia will be seeing Rich Mix

Leave our national holidays alone

Last week I was talking to someone in London about holidays and so on, and the subject of Brazilian national holidays came into the conversation. In 2011, we had 16 holidays in total, including four days that are applicable only

DEC
16

Movimientos End of Year Explosion

Great night of live music and film lined up by Movimientos at Passing Clouds. There’ll be rumba-flamenco from Jardares Por Fuera, Andean-rock fusions from Remolino Kieto, and a selection of short films from the excellent Rio Film School.

They are guilty

Graffitti near my place: “The government is to blame for crimes in the city…” “Corrupt police…”

DEC
19

Tulipa Returns to London

Tulipa Ruiz charmed the audience at her last London appearance thanks to her mix of playfulness, an effortlessly great voice and a selection of fine tunes from her debut album Efêmera that seem impossible to grow tired of.

A Brazilian Xmas Dessert

The traditional Christmas feast in North America culminates in a big slice of pie and in England everyone wants to finish their meal with steaming hot Christmas pudding. But when it comes to dessert, Brazil steers its own course. No pie, no pudding. In fact, nothing that many would consider dessert at all.

My everyday padaria treat

One of the things I missed the most while living abroad was my daily trips to the local padaria (bakery). The smell of freshly baked goods and coffee, the banter with the staff, the sense of community. You don’t need

Christmas decorations in São Paulo

Thousands of tourists come to see the Christmas decorations in Avenida Paulista – our Oxford Street equivalent at this time of the year. The most impressive decorations are funded by banks, notably Bradesco, Itaú and Santander. The mayor’s office also