Trinity College commemoration ball (June 23)

On Friday, June 23rd, we entertained at the Trinity College commemoration ball in the centre of Oxford. The event, attended by hundreds of students celebrating the end of term, followed the theme “Belle Epoque”, an homage to the Golden Age of art, elegance and innovation. Sol Samba brought a spirit of Northern Brazil in the 1920’s themed event with infectious rhythms of Maracatu – we were happy to see students joining us in a large ciranda dance. The evening continued with beautiful fireworks and diverse concerts, and ended in the late hours of Saturday morning.


More photos of the event:
César Manivet Photography
Masterstroke – Bertie Beor-Roberts
Oliver Robinson Photography

Tandem Festival, Streets Alive and Nor Lye #10 (16-17 June)

In the hottest weekend this year, Sol Samba brought additional rays of sunshine and summer to three very different, but all fantastic, events.
Tandem festival, Friday 16th

Ramsden’s Tandem Festival, dubbed county’s “most innovative music festival” by OxfordMail, hosted us on Friday, the 16th of June. The eco-friendly festival took part in the Lower farm, surrounded by woods; stages were located within stalls, barns and silos, as well as in woods and fields. From fires in the quarry, yoga in the zen circle, to poetry reading in the barn, decorated with hundreds of origami-like folded books and resting in a tub in the “living room”, this festival was a perfect way to relax after a long week.

Streets Alive, Saturday 17th

On Saturday, 17th of June, Slough town centre became the stage for Streets Alive – a surprising day of silliness, sounds and spectacle with pop-up performances to delight adults and children alike. Spread over three locations and throughout the day, Sol Samba joined various other performers in dance and song. Our visit of Slough ended on a high note with a lovely ciranda (Brazilian circular dance), led by a large number of brave children!

Nor Lye #10, Saturday 17th

Saturday ended in North Leigh – for its 10th anniversary, Nor Lye 10 expanded its festival area to two stages with plenty of high quality music and beer and entertained a large amount of visitors. Many joined our dancers and moved to our beats. Well done, everyone!