Uma Nota Fest was pretty fun! (photo: Maya Bedward)

Well, after a brief  hiatus on the website content tip … we are back! We needed a little break before we rev up for a bold new year of cultural production.

The Uma Nota Festival 2012 was a big success. The second year saw some major growth in outlook and perspective of the festival. We can say that we took a foray into a bigger scale with our “World Funk” flagship event at Great Hall, featuring three bands! Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, Mar Aberto SoundSystem, and Sound One all tore it up on the stage and got the dance floor shaking. DJs General Eclectic and Dos Mundos kept the beats moving through the night.

This year saw a partnership between the Brazilian Film Festival and Uma Nota Culture. We presented several films at the Royal Cinema. At Revival Bar Sunday night, we presented our festival closing act, direct from Rio de Janeiro, Pedro Luís, fresh with a new album. Our Sunday daytime Community Cultural Fair at the Supermarket in Kensington was a grand success with several workshops, performances and many families enjoying great food and caipirinhas! The friendly crowd was treated to performances by Ruben Esguerra’s A New Tradition, Jô Lutério and her roda de samba crew, and Maria Bonita and the Band.

We’d like to thank all the festival volunteers, the incredibly talented artists that were featured at the festival and the amazing people who come out to Uma Nota and participate with no pretensions and with eyes, ears and dancing shoes towards a fun time! And … of course we’d like to thank the sponsors, without whom as the saying goes, there would be no festival! Thanks go to Pitú, ChocoSol, Hansa Language Center and Mellohawk Logistics.

Check out some of our pictures.

UPDATE: New post: Watch videos from the World Funk flagship event at Great Hall!

(Photo: Jackie Atlas)

Sound One opening up the night (Photo: Jackie Atlas)

 

Mar Aberto SoundSystem (Photo: Jackie Atlas)

Foly Kolade of Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble (Photo: Jackie Atlas)

Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble (Photo: Jackie Atlas)

Sound One (photo: Jackie Atlas), Interactive Visuals: Ba (Core Matrix)

Bruno Capinan, Mar Aberto SoundSystem (Photo: Jackie Atlas)

Brazil Film Fest at the Royal (Photo: Steve Dryall)

People at The Supermarket for Sunday’s Community Cultural Fair

Jô Lutério and her roda de samba (Photo: Milene Hada)

Sponsors of the day, Mellohawk Logistics with Alex Bordokas and Nathalia Oliveira (Photo: Danny Alexander)

ChocoSol! (Photo: Danny Alexander)

Gordon Sheard presenting a Cultural Talk

Sunday saw a multitude of children! (Photo: Milene Hada)

Pedro Luís with Luanda Jones at Revival Closing Night. (Photo: Negin Bahrami)

Pedro Luís with Maninho Costa, an Uma Nota regular (Photo: Negin Bahrami)

(Photo: Negin Bahrami)