Rhythms of the World show brings flavour of Rio carnival to town

PUBLISHED: 09:34 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 09:34 24 July 2013

Toque Tambor

Toque Tambor


THERE was a carnival atmosphere at the final gig in a series of concerts arranged by Rhythms of the World organisers.

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The sights and sounds of the world-famous Rio carnival came to Hitchin last weekend when samba drumming band Toque Tambor performed at Club 85.

The band, who performed at the carnival in Brazil in January, are regulars on the main stage at the annual Rhythms of the World festival, which was cancelled this year as organisers looked to find a new venue for the event.

The show on Saturday was the finale of a series of showcase events organised in place of the main ROTW festival.

Concerts earlier in the month included a weekend of gigs at Club 85 and the Victoria pub, along with a family fun day in Hitchin Market Square.

Amy Hopkins, chair of trustees for ROTW, said: “Toque Tambor finished off our 2013 series of events with their fantastic energy and party spirit.

“These events are part of our Rhythms of the World Presents and Rhythms of the World Community Outreach programmes, which aim to bring an essence of the festival to the local community and help to raise money for a full festival next year.”

Rhythms of the World is a registered charity led entirely by volunteers.

It aims to unite communities through the arts by organising a festival of music, dance, art and cuisine from around the world.

The Hertfordshire festival is one of the largest celebrations of world music and arts in the UK and is expected to return in 2014 once a suitable venue to replace former site Hitchin Priory is found.

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