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Welcome to Bristol Samba
AKA Dismaland's Anarcho Samba!

Bristol Samba is a community band of drummers and dancers playing energetic Brazilian-based music for celebrating and dancing. The samba band and dancers perform at festivals, parties and events throughout the year, raising the roof and creating a vibrant atmosphere. Click on the buttons to discover where we'll be performing, how to book the band for your own event, and how to join us. Bristol Samba promotes, supports and develops percussion-based music and related carnival arts, particularly in our local community. The band has been performing for over twenty-five years, since its formation under the name Bristol School of Samba.



Well shiver me timbers - if it isn't Bristol Harbour Festival 2016 next Sat 16th July! It's a double barrel of samba as at midday we'll be invading SS Great Britain's Radio Bristol Stage, then setting sail for mayhem and mutiny at The Louisiana from 3pm onwards. Be warned ye land lubbers!

Stay up late with Bristol Samba

Our next public appearance will be this Saturday, 9th July when we'll be performing for the St Peter's Hospice Midnight Walk, starting and finishing at Ashton Gate Stadium. Come along - you could raise money for an excellent cause too!

Samba comes to Horfield Primary School

Next Saturday, 25 June, we'll be drumming up support for the Horfield Primary School Summer Fair at Bishop Manor Road, BS10 5BD from midday onwards. Let's hope that the samba sun shines on the day! ;)

Thank you ...

... to everyone who came and enjoyed our performance at St Werburghs Farm Fair on the weekend! And a big thank you to photojournalist and presenter Colin Moody for our new banner photo, capturing all the fun and energy of the tunnel! Catch more of his images of the day in our gallery.

St Werburghs time!

Get ready for the mighty tunnel boom! We'll be heading up the carnival parade from 4pm next Saturday 4th June at St Werburghs Farm Summer Fair 2016.

Garden Party Time

Well the sun came out for us at Redland Green May Fair - just! Thanks to everyone who braved the weather to come and see us. Let's hope we can do the same trick next Sunday 8 May at the Trinity Centre for its Annual Garden Party celebrating 40 years of music. There's a great line up of performance and workshops from noon onwards - not to mention a final opportunity to catch Jimmy Cauty's ADP Riot Tour. We'll be playing about 17.45s come and support our samba home!

Spring has Sprung!

Never mind what the thermometer says ... it's time for Redland May Fair this Bank Holiday Monday, 2nd May, so it must be Spring! It's a lovely family day out with over 120 stalls, entertainment for all the family and a variety of music, starting from 1pm. It's a bumper Bank Holiday Bonanza and Bristol Samba will be closing the festivities at 4pm. Come and have a dance - it'll help you warm up ;)

St Patrick's Day Parade

Our first public gig of 2016 takes place this weekend when we'll be taking part in the annual St Patrick's Day Parade! We'll be leading the procession from St Patrick's Primary School, BS5 8AS, on Sunday 13th March and making our way to City Academy - it all starts at 1pm, so come and join us!

Exciting times for Bristol Samba!

2016 is off to an exciting start for us as we've just been awarded charitable status, ensuring our continued commitment as a community band to promote Afro Brazilian music and dance in the Bristol area and beyond. With thanks to Making Music UK for their help. Plus over the next few weeks we have a private gig at a carnival dinner, a birthday celebration for one of our drummers and plenty more events to come. Watch this space!

Merry Christmas from Bristol Samba

As we pack our drums and dancing shoes away for the winter break, Bristol Samba would like to thank all our friends for supporting us so brilliantly through a very busy year. Here's wishing everyone a wonderful festive season, and we're looking forward to seeing you all getting back into the swing in 2016 - it wouldn't be the same without you! x

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