Brighton School of Samba

About Brighton School of Samba

The Brighton School of Samba is the city’s original Rio samba school and brings a taste of the vibrant Rio Carnival to the streets of Brighton and beyond for members, audiences and the wider community.

Formed in May 2007 as a non-profit organisation, BSS built its foundations in the traditional structure of Rio’s ‘escolas de samba’ (samba schools), and our traditional name is G.R.E.S. Cidade Brilhante (‘Bright City’).

Brighton School of Samba performs at some of the city’s (and region’s) biggest events and is committed to community values and an all-inclusive policy. We teach samba drumming and dance at regular open-door bateria and dance workshops and welcome participants of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Copenhagan - Brighton School of Samba
Liverpool Brasilica - Brighton School of Samba
Pride 2019 - Brighton School of Samba
Clocks - Brighton School of Samba
Performances

BSS and its members have participated in events in front of thousands of people over the years, including:

  • London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic opening/closing ceremonies 

  • Notting Hill Carnival, as guests of the London School of Samba, since 2008

  • Helsinki Carnival, as guests of GRES Império Papagaio

  • Coburg Samba Festival, Germany

  • Same Sky’s “Burning the Clocks Parade”, Brighton since 2007

  • Brighton Pride Parade & Brighton Fringe Festival

  • Kemptown Carnival & Brighton Carnivals

  • Matchday performances inside the Amex for Brighton & Hove Albion FC

  • Copenhagen Carnival

  • And many, many more!

Come learn & join us on parade!

For more information about how you can learn, perform and participate in the spirit of carnival, visit our bateria & dance class pages, or find out other ways you can get involved with our activities.

The Brighton School of Samba is the city’s original Rio samba school and brings a taste of the vibrant Rio Carnival to the streets of Brighton and beyond for members, audiences and the wider community.