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Cowley Road Carnival, 5th July 2015

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Once again, another successful year at one of our favourite spots – Cowley Road Carnival in Oxford. We switched it up by doing a stage show first followed by the parade.

And what a fantastic one it was! As always crowds of happy faces lined the street which made for great energy and an unforgettable parade. Think we truly brought the Samba Circus Spectacular to Cowley Road!


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Chatteris Midsummer Festival, 27th June 2015










The 27th of June took us to the town of Chatteris, a stone’s throw from Cambridge, for their village fair. We were greeted warmly with sausage and cheese rolls, biscuits and a lively parade.

In between our parade and stage show some of us even took part in the outdoor zumba session, warming us up for a super fun set at their main stage. What a lovely way to spend a Saturday!


Author: Bhavini Goyate

Southwest Fest, 20th June 2015

Southwest Fest, 20th June 2015

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At Southwest Fest we debuted our Fantasias (costumes) for this year’s theme – the Circus do Samba Espectaculo – Samba Circus Spectacular!  Also our dancers 1st show of the year!

 As another regular spot, we were greeted by familiar faces and got to grace the streets of Pimlico with our fabulous Fantasias!

Author: Bhavini Goyate

Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford

Cowley Road Carnival, Oxford

Cowley Road Carnival, Sun 6th July

Great (nearly)end to the best season yet! Huuuuuge crowds, lining the streets of East Oxford, for a full-on, powerful parade down the length of the Cowley Road, and a stage show to finish a perfect day. Well done and thankyou to all involved, I think ‘Sambalactica’ has well and truly flown to the stars and back and shared samba with the universe this year and during the immense journey of the last 10 years. Emotional doesn’t even begin to describe it.


But fret not, that ‘nearly’ means that there are 2 more chances to join the UDMSamba journey. Notting Hill Carnival Mon 28th August and Hackney Carnival  14th September both with Paraiso School of Samba – See you there!

Waterloo Carnival

Waterloo Carnival

photo by T A-Hobbs
photo by T A-Hobbs

Waterloo Carnival, Sat 4th July

Our annual day out with the Mandinga Arts team and Johanna Primary School, accompanying the 300 strong whole ENTIRE school in costume. HOW.

Checkout Mandinga’s fabulous work here

Waterloo carnival here

And don’t forget our last full on UDM parade of the season on Sunday 6th July, the long awaited Cowley Road Carnival 

What a bonkers weekend!

What a bonkers weekend!


This weekend = City of London Festival Children’s Parade, Fri 27th June and Southwest Fest SW1, Sat 28th June AND our 10th anniversary celebration!

UDM’s 3rd year at COLF Children’s Carnival Parade, and every year it just gets better. What a privilege to be chosen to perform on the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.

As if that wasn’t enough, Saturday saw us lead the SouthWest Fest Parade through the streets of Pimlico followed by a show on the mainstage – Congratulations Southwest who celebrated their 10th birthday today JUST LIKE US. More about that when we’ve recovered from the excitement

photo by Chris Bicourt

Sat 28th June UDM’s 10th Birthday Celebration

Our lovely alumni, performer, helper and writer extraordinare Roshni Goyate, is going to do write up of this super-special occasion, which obviously will take pride of place, smack bang in the middle of the websit. All we can say is it was beautiful and emotional and a few tears may have been shed. Sigh. Here’s to another 10