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Kelburn Castle and Country Centre staged its first ever Brazilian Festival in the grounds of a Scottish castle and evoked the spirit that makes Brazil so unique.

With the infectious rhythms of Brazil coupled with the exuberance of Carnival street music to everyone, the dynamic culture of contemporary Brazil was brought to the heart of the West Coast of Scotland for the first time ever.

Kelburn has become unique among castles in Scotland in that part of its outer wall has been spray painted by four well known Brazilian graffiti artists (Nunca, Octavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, known as Os Gemeos, and Octavio’s wife, Nina) creating a giant and colourful mural which has now become an icon in Scotland.

The festival weekend had a number of Brazilian and Brazilian-Scottish musical performances, dancers, musicians, bands and singers. The magnificent Ritmo Brazilian Dance Company headlined the Festival and portrayed the history of Brazil through a stunning stage show. Infusing Brazilian rhythm, passion and music together with vibrant costumes and dazzling dancers, Kelburn Country Centre’s first Brazilian festival was a red hot hit with the crowd during the sweltering sunshine not uncommon in Rio de Janeiro!

TWO PAGE FEATURE IN THIS WEEK'S LARGS AND MILLPORT WEEKLY NEWS.