Festival Brazil at the Southbank Centre

Everything's a bit Brazilian by the Thames this summer as Southbank Centre presents Festival Brazil – three months of free performances, exhibitions and shows.

Bringing the vibrant, dynamic culture of contemporary Brazil to the heart of London, Festival Brazil celebrates the country's rich cultural heritage – including music, visual arts, dance, literature, debates and food.

Festival Brazil features UK performances at Royal Festival Hall by cultural icon Maria Bethânia, superstar singer song-writer Gilberto Gil, the legendary psychedelic rock band Os Mutantes and tropicália star Tom Zé. From the favelas of Salvador, the world masters of capoeira leap, flip, kick and spin at breathtaking speed in Brazil! Brazil! a new show for all ages.

Brazil’s most evocative writers and poets form the heart of 2010's London Literature Festival. Plus two ground-breaking Hayward Gallery exhibitions, featuring some of today’s most exciting international artists, challenge our expectations of art, sculpture and design.

And look out for the many free performances that take over the Southbank Centre site during the Festival.

Festival Brazil will centre around two big weekends, and everyone's invited:

•16-18 Jul: Spoken word performances, poetry readings, family workshops, Brazilin cuisine and music
•6-8 Aug: Free events, family workshops, artist-led talks, free guided tours and a huge Brazilian carnival!

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