Circo Voador looks North in honour of the traditional winter São João festivities
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In the spirit of all things Festa Junina (the traditional winter solstice celebrations that are just as likely to take place in July or August as June) Circo Voador brings out the bunting once more to mark eight years of Arraiá do Circo, the annual bow to the great traditions of the country’s north-eastern states. Tents brimming with the region’s food and typical games are set to occupy the usually rather more refined, palm-lined courtyard under the famous Lapa arches, gig-goers replaced by costumed, gap-toothed hay-chewers perched atop straw bales fishing for prizes.
Gracing the stage will be the folk-dance of Grupo Zanzar along with live forró and MPB from Da Ladeira and Geraldo Azevedo. In the forty years since making his debut record in 1972 with fellow Pernambucan Alceu Valença, the MPB and forró star Azevedo has released 19 albums, most notably the triple platinum O Grande Encontro 1 in 1996. Arriving fresh from a tour of the very parties which Circo’s Arraiá apes, having hit Salvador, Gravatá, João Pessoa and Aracajú by the time he gets to Rio he will know a thing or two about getting the flannel-shirted crowd going.
Show-closers Da Ladeira are the forró band conceived in the UK and led by Azevedo’s son, Lucas Amorim, the man behind the scene in England where he hosts the annual Forró Fest. The band will be paying a special homage to Pernambuco’s most celebrated son and the father of MPB Luiz Gonzaga, born 100 years ago this year.