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The World Cup is officially upon us, which means that the next month in London is going to be full of Brazilian events. Thankfully, there are so many different and interesting things going on that there are very few signs that anyone's going to get bored of Brazil anytime soon.

However, we didn't want to just focus on Brazil so we've also got news of film festivals, salsa nights, Colombia's finest and the cream of London's Latin and fusion bands, all to come throughout June and into July. It's going to be one hell of a summer!

Check out our What's On ( for the latest events.

** THU 12 JUN Brazil Day @ Trafalgar Square (

The World Cup has finally arrived, and there will be a big Brazilian party in Trafalgar Square with live music, DJs and drums, dance workshops, food and football. The World Cup fever has officially begun!

** THU 12 JUN - SUN 13 JUL Joga Bola! (

During the World Cup Rich Mix have prepared an almighty line-up of contemporary Brazilian cultural happenings, taking place before, during and after the World Cup games. Click the link for the full schedule.

** FRI 13 JUN - WED 25 JUN East End Film Festival (

This week, the East End Film Festival (EEFF) will return with more than eighty feature films, including a Mexican Focus, set to be screened at various venues in London’s East End over a two-week programme.

** FRI 13 JUN Tropical Storm w/ Family Atlantica (

Tropical Storm presents a hot summer fiesta special featuring one of our favourite Afro-Latin groups, Family Atlantica.

** FRI 20 JUN Movimientos Presents Wara + Toy Selectah (

This is a special night with Wara making their first live appearance of 2014, as well as the legendary Mexican DJ/producer Toy Selectah on the decks.

** competition

Now, this is what we call a competition. Mais Um Discos have given us three sets of their ‘New Brazilian Music’ compilations, including their first release, Oi! A Nova Musica Brasileira ( , the afro, dub and hip-hop focused follow-upDaora: Underground Sounds of Urban Brasil ( and their most recent comp Rolê: New Sounds of Brazil ( . All in all, that’s 113 tracks of the best new Brazilian music. Not bad eh?

You can check out our interview with Mais Um Discos label boss Lewis Robinson here ( , where you will also find a great new mixtape of Brazilian music.

To enter the competition just click HERE ( .

** SAT 21 JUN Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor (

One of Havana’s finest live bands, Maykel Blanco y su Salsa Mayor, will be making their London debut on Saturday 21st June for what promises to be a scorching evening of Cuban music in Brixton.

** MON 23 JUN The Pride of Being Brazilian (

Orgulho de ser Brasileiro (The Pride of Being Brazilian) is a new documentary, dissecting one of Brazil's most emblematic phrases. What does it mean to be proud of being Brazilian?

** WED 25 JUN - SUN 6 JUL ( World City Music Village 2014 (

Family Atlantica, Umpatacum and Lokkhi Terra are some of the Latin acts playing at this year’s World City Music Village, bringing together some of the finest Asian, Latin, African and fusion acts in the UK.

** SAT 28 JUN Maria Gadú (

One of Brazil’s recent MPB stars makes a rare trip to London for a headline show. Caetano Veloso is a huge fan, and it’s easy to understand why. This is a great opportunity to see one of Brazil's newest stars.

** TUE 1 JUL Bomba Estéreo (

Colombia's Bomba Estéreo keep getting better, adding more and more great songs to their rhythm-heavy live band, fuelled by the sheer passion and punk attitude of singer Li Saumet.

** TUE 8 JUL - SUN 27 JUL Brasil Brasileiro (

The exuberance and energy of Brazil returns to Sadler’s Wells this summer as 38 performers from Rio de Janeiro bring alive the spirit that makes Brazil so unique in the smash hit Brasil Brasileiro.

** exclusive new music

** EXCLUSIVE New Track from Venezuela's La Gallera Social Club (
Venezuelan folklore meets Caribbean flavours and tropical bass in “Cuando Se Dice La Palabra Amigo”, an exclusive new track from one of our favourite Venezuelan acts.

** expert selection

** Rodrigo Brandão’s Brazilian Rap Seleção (
We wanted to offer you something different to the normal Brazilian stereotypes, so here's São Paulo OG Rodrigo Brandão to talk you through some of his favourite Brazilian hip-hop tracks.

** Algo mas?
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