Brazil’s Carnival reaches its crescendo

A dancer from Vila Isabel samba school performs during the second night of Carnival parades at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. AFP

Rio’s Carnival festivities reached their crescendo late on Monday with a final night of samba school parades, part of a contest appropriately dubbed the greatest show on earth.

Tuesday, 12 February, 2013, 6:00pm

Brazilian theme packs them in at Ivy Ball

This year's Ivy Ball drew a record number of alumni from American Ivy League colleges and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

On Saturday, more than 800 people at the 24th Ivy Ball - the largest gathering of Ivy League graduates in Asia - had a Brazilian 'Carnival at Copacabana' theme party at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Gala-goers give it up for change

The Changing Young Lives Foundation threw its annual fund-raising dinner party at the Armani Bar last month.

The Festival of Trees 2009 was chaired by Jim and Sally Thompson, with all the money raised at the gala donated to the foundation's projects to help underprivileged children in Hong Kong and on the mainland.

24 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Carnival-type gala aims to keep roof over HK Dog Rescue

Amid all the fund-raising campaigns to help Sichuan , there's another worthy benefit that deserves your attention. Sally Andersen (pictured) and the folks at Hong Kong Dog Rescue have been hard at work planning a big gala tonight at Times Square's Wasabisabi.

29 May 2008 - 12:00am

Samba rhythms for charity

The sounds of samba provided the soundtrack to the lively Foreign Correspondents' Club's ball on September 15 at the Convention and Exhibition Centre.

19 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Samba magic to dazzle with colourful show

Brazilian dancers promise sizzling performance with hot rhythms, colourful plumes and costumes with a Vegas touch

Take six beautiful dancers in dazzling costumes, add some samba music and you've got a winner - an attraction that will liven up any parade and bring a taste of the real Brazilian carnival spirit to Lan Kwai Fong.

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

The story behind samba

Like the mambo and the salsa, the roots of the samba lie with the religious traditions and the people of West Africa, exported to Brazil with slavery in the years between 1600 and 1888.

The word 'samba' is said to come from Kimbundu, the African Bantu language spoken by slaves from the area of Africa now known as Angola.

7 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

First Person

Brazilian-born Marisa Rabi has been performing the samba in Hong Kong for 18 years. Here she explains why taking part in next weekend's Lan Kwai Fong Carnival is one of the highlights of her year.

4 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

Get on your feet fast if you want to join salsa contest

Good news if you've been a step behind in your dance practice. The deadline for registration in the Hong Kong Salsa Championship has been extended to Monday.

6 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Samba Goal by Various Artists

Fans beware - although two-time Fifa World Player of the Year Ronaldinho Gaucho's buck-toothed grin is on the CD cover, Samba Goal has little to do with the footballer himself.

The 14 tracks are simply a collection of Ronaldinho's 'favourite Brazilian songs', many of which would still be blasting out of speakers everywhere had Brazil not made its early exit from the World Cup.

19 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Samba sensation

For the past few months, Brazilian music and samba dancers seem to have claimed the streets in Chofu city, in western Tokyo, where I live. A few weeks ago, Brazilian musicians and dancers from the famous Rio carnival revved up a parade through the modest shopping streets nearby, creating a sensation in the normally quiet community.

8 Oct 2005 - 12:00am


What's going on around the globe

Every August, the streets of buttoned-down, uptight central Tokyo are invaded by the world's sexiest, coolest carnival and told to get funky. The result is a clash of civilisations to make even the least prudish blush to their roots.

21 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Travels in time

Contrast was the theme of the day when Jaeger-LeCoultre unveiled its watches at Italian restaurant Isola.

On the lower floor of the spacious restaurant there were lessons in Japanese tea-making, while the top floor was filled with samba music and Brazilian dancers in carnival costume.

30 Jul 2004 - 12:00am

Incognito - Future Remixed

Incognito - Future Remixed (Mercury) If this is the future, there is something reassuringly familiar about it - especially for listeners who started buying records in the 1970s.

24 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Brazilian carnival comes to Central

Samba soccer came to town last night as the girls from Brazil gathered to cheer on their heroes in the World Cup opener against Scotland.

Thirty Brazilian expatriates celebrated the start of the tournament they hope will culminate in their team retaining the trophy it won in the United States in 1994.

11 Jun 1998 - 12:00am