© Teresa Askew

There are special performances of Amas by Shademakers (4 & 8pm) as part of an amazing day of spectacle to mark the Olympics handover from London to Rio.

Co-designed by Rio Carnival designer Renato Lage and leading UK designer Paul McLaren, performers and artists from Rio and the UK have teamed up to construct and bring to life a presentation of a Rio-style float, the biggest the UK has ever seen.

It is the largest and most spectacular Carnival commission ever seen in the UK (about 12.5m high) which reveals itself in a 20 minute show that ends in a tableau of British cultural icons on a giant record cover sleeve, a living wall of 37 costumed performers, and additional costume pieces, inspired by the large floats of Rio de Janeiro.

And, throughout the day, there are performances by Samba and Mas Bands who have all been working with Rio carnival artists to present a true Homage to Rio, with further Carnival performances and Brazilian DJ vibes by the chill-out bar in the Sunken Garden.

Amas at the Thames Festival will be a performance piece packed with colourful performers in large costumes, including two enormous black and white swans and additional costume pieces on the stage, as Amas reveals to its full extent with leading Samba and Soca dancers performing a succession of choreographed dance pieces, in Homage to Rio.

2 & 5.40pm             DJ Limao
3pm                        Rhythms of the City
3.40pm                   DJ Cal Jader (Movimientos)
4 & 8pm                  AMAS
4.40 & 6.40pm         DJ D.Vyzor
5pm                        London School of Samba
6pm                        Rhythms of the City with Tropical Isles
7pm                        Paraiso School of Samba
7.40 & 9pm             DJ Russ Jones

Sunken Garden

12pm -                   DJ Cal Jader (Movimientos)
3, 5 & 7pm             DJ D.Vyzor
4pm                       DJ Limao
6pm                       DJ Russ Jones

Amas is commissioned by CREATE for the London 2012 Festival with support from Arts Council England and creatively produced by Artaha as part of the Rio London Collaboration.




Bernie Spain Gardens, by the OXO Tower.