The London School of Samba were proud to attend the 14th Annual Brazilian International Press Award ceremony, last Saturday where they were recognised for their contribution to Brazilian culture in London and the UK, as named by the ‘Media and Cultural Leaders of the Brazilian Community in Europe’. The event, put on by South American television giants, Globo in partnership with Focus Brazil saw a special tribute to Brazilian singer/ songwriter Marcos Valle, who is best known internationally for his work with Sergio Mendes on Brasil 66 and among his 22- album strong back catalogue, as well as music he wrote for several novelas (soap operas) in Brazil. The award is decided by evaluating information from the media as well as cultural organisations and community in Brazil. As most of you will know, The LSS has worked in partnership in recent years with Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel, who visited the school in London in 2009, and performed with and facilitated workshops with the LSS members. Since then, several members from LSS have performed in the Sambadrome in Rio Carnival with Mocidade.

‘This is a really poignant time for us to receive this award’ said Louise Forster, Development Manager, ‘it is particularly positive to be recognised publically for all the hard work carried out not only by the Trustees and Management, but all our members who truly are our greatest strength. We are a real community and it’s so important for us to be able to celebrate that’.