Congratulations to final-year students, Daniel Brancato and Paul Kane, who have been awarded first and second prize, respectively, in the Anglo-Brazilian Society’s annual undergraduate essay competition!

Daniel’s essay analysed the Afro-Brazilian martial art/dance form, capoeira, considering its appropriation as a national symbol, and Paul’s focused on the bossa nova movement in Brazilian popular music. On hearing about his success, Daniel commented:

‘hard work paid off and I feel honoured to have won first prize. I thoroughly look forward to the prospect of giving a talk at the Brazilian embassy in London and the prize money (£1,000) will come in handy when I book my flight to Brazil!’

Paul also intends to put his £250 prize money towards his first trip to Brazil this summer.