We are delighted to announce that applications to perform at the Encontro Scotland street band festival are now open!

Bringing a multitude of UK and international bands to the streets of Glasgow during Merchant City Festival, the Encontro will celebrate street band music and associated art forms (dance, costume, visual arts and street theatre) with a joyous, outrageous, thrilling and inspirational weekend festival.

The Encontro is a creative collaboration between SambaYaBamba and Oi Musica, celebrating SambaYaBamba’s 20th birthday. Bands, players, music organisations, dancers, artists, teachers, youth players and members of the public will come together for an exciting and packed programme – creating the first international street band festival to take place in Scotland.

We welcome applications from the full spectrum of street-performing bands. From samba and Brazilian-influenced to marching band, street brass and carnival music of all persuasions; from tribal drums to global sounds - traditional, folkloric, urban, or none-of-the-above… all are invited to apply!

Applications are open NOW and close on 15th January. We will let groups know at the beginning of February if they have been selected to perform at the Encontro.

We have a limited number of bursaries available to support groups with travel and accommodation costs. We can provide more information on this once your application has been received.

Encontro Scotland is still subject to funding, however we encourage all groups to apply now!

Please direct any enquiries to encontroscotland@gmail.com