Wellington Batucada

  • When: 5th Mar 3:30pm
  • Where: Parade: Rintoul St to Newtown Ave
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Image credit: Paul Taylor

A massive parade of Samba drummers: they will be warming up from 3.30pm in Rintoul St then grooving their way along Riddiford in front of the Community Stage and on towards Newtown Ave.

Wellington Batucada is a community-based percussion group which brings the flamboyant world of samba from Brazil to Wellington. Batucada is a Brazilian word used to describe the syncopated, African-influenced samba music played by a large percussion group (bateria) as part of a street parade or carnival.

New rhythms and musical fusions are constantly being explored and developed to reflect the wider cultural influences here in New Zealand, and to create a form of live dance music that’s uniquely ours.