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Samba Queen: Gabriela Guimaraes is bringing her company, Musas Samba Passion, to the Queenstown Memorial Centre tomorrow for 'Carnaval 2020'

It’s carnival time!

In February, a ripple of party fever spreads throughout Brazil for Queenstown, and its big Brazilian community, estimated at more than 2000, won’t be missing the fun.

Tomorrow night, ‘Carnaval 2020’ at Queenstown Memorial Centre will celebrate Brazil’s biggest festival with live music, a drumming group and professional samba dancers.

Organiser and musician Danilo Poujo says he decided to create the party a few years ago after moving to the resort.

“Queenstown has one of the biggest Brazilian communities in New Zealand, and I noticed people missed their traditional and cultural parties.

“I decided to organise something for them, but also for the people who don’t know what Carnaval is about.”

Carnaval is held in Brazil every year, before Lent, drawing global attention.

Poujo, who’s been promoting the event since 2017, says it’s growing in popularity.

“We sold out last year and had to have a second Carnaval night at Yonder.

“This year they’re still on board, but we had to find a bigger venue for 500 people.”

Attendees are encouraged to get into the mood and wear masks and costumes.

“Brazilians say Carnaval is about dropping your inhibitions and letting your emotions out – it’s a time to have fun.”

Tickets for Carnaval 2020 can be bought on the Eventfinda website from $15.

The London bar will also be hosting ‘Carnaval de Rio’ with a costume competition and the traditional Brazilian drop, caipirinha.

To complete the festive weekend, on Saturday, the Fogo Brazilian BBQ restaurant is hosting a carnival event with a DJ playing Brazilian funk all night.

ed@scene.co.nz