If you’ll be on the other side of the pond any time in the next month, stop by London’s Festival Brazil running June 19-September 5. Highlights include riffs on classic themes like a capoeira extravaganza; performances by Tom Zé, Os Mutantes, and Gilberto Gil; a soccer-themed “conversation with Sócrates” with Alex Bellos, author of Futebol: The Brazilian Way of Life (there’s a bit of a preview online already); and of course live screenings of World Cup matches. The more obscure include a wall-sized strip by comic book artists Fabio Moon and Gabriel Dá, and the considerably more pedantic Portuguese Achievement Conference.
London is no stranger to embracing Brazilian culture. While you’re there, you can get a Brazil fix by night at the clubs Guanabara and Favela Chic. Both are especially known for some of Europe’s premier bailes funk. Meanwhile, the Barbican Centre, a veritable arts citadel in the City of London and the largest performing arts center in Europe, has hosted Rio’s Grupo Cultural AfroReggae countless times, ultimately launching the AfroReggae UK Partnership, a joint effort to reduce gun violence through music.