You might be from Durham, Carlisle, Merseyside or Slough; but if you’re English and you’re in Brazil, admit it: you know you’re from London really. Or you may suspect you are, once you’ve been introduced as being from ‘Londres’ – synonymous with ‘England’ – enough times.
With a similar apparent vagueness about the mysteries of the British Isles (don’t worry, most Brits are a bit confused too), at least the Cultura Inglesa Festival, which celebrates the best of British, rather than English culture, has an excuse: it takes its name from the chain of language schools that runs it.
Now in its 17th year in São Paulo, the four-week festival offers a packed programme of art, music, film, theatre and dance performances by British artists – and best of all, it’s all free.
Past festivals have included musical heavy hitters like Franz Ferdinand and The Horrors. This year, the musical line-up culminates in a free concert with the slightly less stellar indie songstress Kate Nash, making her first appearance in Brazil since 2011, playing alongside The Magic Numbers, the Brazilian band Bonde do Rolê and US indie rockers Mind The Gap.
A series of films and documentary screenings is another highlight this year, focussing on music documentaries and contemporary British cinema. Dance and theatre events get a good look in, too, on the festival's line-up, with a one-man performance by Joe Bone in the award-winning Bane.
With a theme of street culture running through the entire festival, look out, too, for street-art-themed talks and events, and art exhibitions held at metrô stations, featuring images on the evolution of graffiti and British-inspired fashion around the world.
Cultura Inglesa Festival takes place in locations citywide, followed by dates in cities across São Paulo state.