The carnival atmosphere of Brazil is heading to the Suffolk coast this October as the FlipSide festival debuts at Snape Maltings and showcases a flavour of Brazil’s literature, music, art and culture.

For three days from 4th to 6th October 2013, Snape Maltings Concert Hall will host an array of stimulating family-friendly events with highlights including literary heavyweights Ian McEwan, Patricia Melo and Ali Smith; dancing along to the accordion, triangle and zambuma drum; street food, a musical tribute to Vinicius de Moraes and Antonio Carlos Jobim who created Bossa Nova, talented song writer and musician Adraina Calcanhotto on the Saturday evening and a packed programme of literary events and workshops.

There’s also the chance to learn ‘Forro’, Brazil’s national dance, and have a go at Brazilian martial arts ‘Capoeira’ with masters of the art Urban Ritual in the traditional Rodas.

Children will love the art workshops which include making a Brazilian bandit outfit, painting a vibrant Brazil inspired masterpiece and creating the Amazon River and Rainforest! Plus watch a cordel or pamphlet being made and then join in to create one to take home.

The festival is twinned with the legendary Brazilian literary festival FLIP to celebrate Brazil’s unique artistic perspective and will bring a taste of Brazil to the UK before it hosts the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.  FLIP, which celebrated its tenth anniversary last year, attracts audiences of more than 25,000 in Brazil.

Amanda Bond, Brand Manager of Visit Suffolk comments: “Suffolk is a cultural hotspot and on the coast alone has attracted festivals and highlights including the Aldeburgh Festival and the Britten Centenary. This exciting festival adds to this mix and is taking place at one of the most celebrated music venues in the world at Aldeburgh Music’s Concert Hall at Snape Maltings.”

The weekend will show how literature, music, art, dance, film, football and the culinary arts are intertwined in Brazilian life.

A weekend pass costs £110, a Saturday pass is £72 and individual events start from £15 per event.  Student tickets for main programme literary events are £10.  Free art exhibition, storytelling, book making and art workshops.

For more information on Suffolk and ideas on where to stay visit www.visitsuffolk.com


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