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About Cidade Brilhante - Brighton School of Samba

The Brighton School of Samba (BSS) was formed in May 2007 as a non-profit organisation. Created in the traditional structure of the Rio Samba Schools, Cidade Brilhante is committed to community values and an inclusive policy. The School brings a taste of the vibrant Rio Carnival to the streets of Brighton and beyond for members, audiences and the wider community. Our first performance at the Winter Solstice 'Burning the Clocks' in December 2007 saw over 40 performers represent the School on parade, witnessed and experienced by a crowd of several thousand people.

The Brighton School of Samba is the city's first and only traditional Samba School and runs regular open bateria and dance workshops, welcoming participants from all ages, backgrounds and abilities. For more information about how you can learn, perform and partake in the spirit of Cidade Brilhante, visit our bateria & dance page, or find out other ways you can get involved with our activities.

Previous events that BSS members have participated in include:

  • London Olympics and Paralympic opening/closing ceremonies 2012
  • Notting Hill Carnival as guests of the London School of Samba since 2008
  • Brighton Pride Parade since 2011
  • Same Sky's Burning the Clocks parade since 2007
  • Half-time performance at the Amex Stadium for Brighton & Hove Albion 2013

The Brighton School of Samba regularly invites a variety of local and international samba professionals and luminaries to lead special workshops for both bateria and dance, which have included:

  • Jonas d'Oliveira, Mestre of Rio's top samba school - G.R.E.S. Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
  • Carlinhos de Salgueiro, choreographer and dancer - G.R.E.S. Academicos do Salgueiro
  • Mestre Fred Turuka, Bateria Director - G.R.E.S. Unidos de Londres (London School of Samba)
  • Orquidea Lima, Musa, G.R.E.S. Unidos de Londres (London School of Samba)

GRES Cidade Brilhante is a Company Limited by Guarantee and registered in England and Wales number 6210957.
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