The samba schools of Rio de Janeiro inspire and enchant countries and cities around the world. One of those cities that surrendered to the Carnival spell is located in Switzerland, precisely in the city of Geneva. It was there that I had the pleasure of meeting G.R.E.S. United de Genève – chaired by Cédric Veillard – Swiss and “crazy” by samba plot. The school also has the participation of Flávia Costa and Sylas le Goff, both Brazilians and passionate about samba and carnival, they develop various activities next to the school, the main one being linked to the dance part. The United of Geneva performs presentations in several places of Europe, including the famous Festival of Coburg, the most important carnival event of the European continent. In addition, he also created the Mega Samba Festival together with Escola Bota in Rego de Portugal, where they worked together for two years to hold the event, which still happens every year in the last week of July in Sesimbra – Portugal.
In 2003, the school began to be idealized by Cédric, who says he was encouraged to create it because of his passion for samba. In addition to being president of the school, Cédric is responsible for the drums. Self-taught, he hears samba-enredo every day and is always tuned to the news of the batteries of the samba schools to put into practice with his rhythm artists. He traveled a few times to Rio, but this was no obstacle for him, who according to his own words says that the battery “is the way of his life”. Formalized in 2004, Unidos de Genève offers courses in dance and percussion, as well as being a great place where Brazilians living in Geneva have the opportunity to miss a part of Brazilian culture, enjoy moments of exchange, learning and Establish bonds of friendship.
Cédric Veillard – 2016