¡VAMOS! brings Brazilian spirit to Sunderland

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THE rhythms of Rio filled the streets as shoppers were given a taste of Brazilian culture.

Sunderland city centre welcomed the ¡VAMOS! Festival to the Market Square as celebrations sparked by the World Cup continued.

Adain Newbry joining in the �VAMOS! Brizilian Festival in Sunderland Market Place.

Adain Newbry joining in the �VAMOS! Brizilian Festival in Sunderland Market Place.

Dancers and musicians entertained the crowds, with the event centred around a pavilion where Brazilian artwork was displayed and music was performed by Burundanga Brazilia.

Dishes of Latin street food from Pica Pica were plated up for families to try, along with a performance from The Rio carnival queens from Element Dance Company, while children’s mask making classes sparked youngsters’ creativity and a photo booth captured the best bits of the day.

The event was part of a series of summer music sessions to be run in the city by Sunderland Business Improvement District (BID) as it worked in partnership with Sunderland Live.

Ken Dunbar, chief executive of BID Sunderland, said: “We’ve been encouraging all families to come into the city centre this summer to experience the festival atmosphere.

“Each event has offered an exciting variety of free entertainment and the ¡VAMOS! Festival brought the feel-good factor to the streets of Sunderland.” He added the fun gave people the chance to enjoy the activities, as well as the city’s range of cafés, restaurants and shops.

Saturday’s programme followed on from performances by a Jessie J tribute act, The Glitter Dolls, a range of dazzling street performers, hip-hop dance group Dance Jam, and Northumbria University student and singer-songwriter, Kyle Jackson.

They appeared in the run up to North East Live, held at the Stadium of Light last month.