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 http://www.mandingaarts.co.uk/

Waterloo carnival here https://www.facebook.com/waterloocarnival

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

http://www.udmsamba.com/programme-2014/

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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

UDM 10th Birthday Party

UDM 10th Birthday Party

10437466_656542417756860_8635412710209955839_n (1)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

Tower of London, Sat 14th June

Tower of London, Sat 14th June

 

Well, nobody locked us in or chopped our heads off so the Beefeaters must have been pleased with us.

What an honour to parade inside the Tower of London grounds, and in front of the Crown Jewels. For more photos and videos check out our gallery and youtube playlist, and for another chance to see us, we will be at Marylebone Fayre tomorrow 3pm!

http://www.udmsamba.com/programme-2014/

1st show of the Season, South Bank Centre, Sat 7th June

1st show of the Season, South Bank Centre, Sat 7th June

 

União da Mocidade started our season in style today with a packed show at the South Bank Centre as part of Nucleo Festival, celebrating the El Sistema music education system in Venezuela as well as the dispersal of South American music around the world.

Great weather, beautiful location, fantastic performance and above all an amazing bunch of young people. YES.

Next chance to see us is Sat 14th June at the Tower of London http://www.udmsamba.com/programme-2014/

2014 Theme – ‘SAMBALACTICA! Uma Viagem Estelar’

2014 Theme – ‘SAMBALACTICA! Uma Viagem Estelar’

Sambalactica! Uma Viagem Estelar
Sambalactica! Uma Viagem Estelar

Sambalactica, a journey through time and space bringing samba to the universe!

This year’s theme is influenced by G.R.E.S Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel’s 1985 song Ziriguidum 2001 which describes a journey through space and time. Our 21st century take on a 20th century song.
Come and see us in action!

Vou à Lua, vou ao Sol
Vai a nave ao som do samba
Caminhando pelo tempo
Em busca de outros bambas (bis)

To  the moon, to the sun,
The spaceship travels to the sound of samba,
Moving through time,
In search of other ‘sambistas’

 

Proud to announce Arts Council funding 2014

Proud to announce Arts Council funding 2014

ACE2013Based on the success of 2013, UDM is proud to announce another year of support from the Arts Council England, how exciting!

You can check out this year’s carnival theme here and previous years here.