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Thames Festival pays homage to Rio de Janeiro with a carnival showcase

On the 8th of September, one day after Brazil celebrates it’s Independence Day, the Thames Festival will host an amazing day of spectacle to mark the Olympics handover from London to Rio de Janeiro, with carnival showcases from Shademakers, performers and artists from Brazil and the UK, and the biggest Rio-style float ever seen in Britain – plus Samba and Mas Bands & Brazilian DJ vibes by the chill-out bar in the Sunken Garden.

There are special performances of Amas by Shademakers (4 & 8pm) as part of an amazing day of spectacle to mark the Olympics handover from London to Rio.

Co-designed by Rio Carnival designer Renato Lage and leading UK designer Paul McLaren, performers and artists from Rio and the UK have teamed up to construct and bring to life a presentation of a Rio-style float, the biggest the UK has ever seen. And, throughout the day, there are performances by Samba and Mas Bands who have all been working with Rio carnival artists to present a true Homage to Rio, with further Carnival performances and Brazilian DJ vibes by the chill-out bar in the Sunken Garden.

Homage to Rio
Thames Festival
Saturday 8 September
1 – 9pm
Bernie Spain Gardens, by the OXO Tower.

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