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In lieu of a cancelled in-person event, the festival is offering a virtual presentation.
BrasilFest is part of the Virtual Festál 2020 series, supported through grants from 4Culture & ArtsFund. Tune in August 16, 12pm - 3:30pm on Facebook.
Check out the schedule below. which is subject to change:
- Jenny Durkan, City of Seattle Mayor
- Robert Nellams, Seattle Center Director
- Eduardo and Ana Paula Mendonça, Festival Co-Producers
Performers and Presenters:
- Marcio DaLari
Born and organically raised in Brazil, Marcio has drank from wells of traditions and styles, from classical music to Indigenous and Afro-Brazilian chants passed through oral traditions. He has produced, toured, recorded and performed with Jazz combos, Rock and Blues bands, Bossa Nova and Samba groups, African and Middle Eastern troupes, Classical ensembles, etc.
Some great names of Brazilian music such as Milton Nascimento, Daniela Mercury, Alcione, Zelia Duncam and Virginia Rodrigues, had their concerts in the USA opened by Marcio DaLari.
- ICAF (Capoeira Angola)
The International Capoeira Angola Foundation (ICAF) was founded in 1995 by Mestre Cobra Mansa, Mestre Jurandir, and Mestre Valmir in order to cultivate, preserve and grow the Afro-Brazilian cultural art Capoeira Angola. The Seattle branch of ICAF was established in 1997 by Mestre Jurandir with the support of a small group of dedicated students. Housed in the vibrant space of the Union Cultural Center, our mission is to connect and empower the Pacific Northwest community through Capoeira Angola and cultural arts.
- Zum, Zum, Zum Dance
Zum Zum Zum dancers Diana Bohn, Fawnia Chauvaux, and Sherry Feng perform a Samba Reggae Space Needle Dance inspired by music from Eduardo Mendonca. Zum Zum Zum was formed by local Seattle dancers who dance Samba and various dance styles from Brazil. Previous experience includes parades and festivals dancing with Vamola and Show Brazil.
- Cooking Demonstration with Eliana Patterson
She found in Seattle a perfect place to share her passion for “brigadeiros” and other Brazilian delicacies. She lives in Washington for 3 years and has taken confectionary art courses to better offer her delicious and artesian sweet for everyone. She is going to teach how to prepare in your kitchen the traditional recipe of Brazilian “brigadeiros”.
- Brazilians and immigration in the USA - An interview with Dr. Moises Apsan
- Chorando na Chuva
Formerly known as Choro Tocando, Chorando na Chuva (Crying in the Rain) likes that their new name suits the Seattle weather. Chorando na Chuva digs deep into the roots of Brazilian music, expressively playing and singing classic choro tunes like no one else. They pour decades of musical exploration and travel to Brazil into their upbeat interpretations of this style that blends African rhythm and European forms.
- Dance with Dora
Dora Oliveira, Dance with Dora’s founder and creative director, is a master of her craft who has been performing, creating, and teaching Afro-Brazilian dance for over 30 years. A native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Dora is a talented artist whose passion for dance and music inspired her to establish her own company. Her persona is vibrant and authentic, and her bold style allows her to teach her students with boundless energy and fervor.
Dance with Dora brings the joy, strength, and diversity of Brazilian culture to the Pacific Northwest through original productions, festivals, parties, workshops, and weekly classes.
- "Young People Panel: Our Journey Across”
Claudia was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and now lives in Seattle WA. She has a bachelor's degree in Library Science - Information Technology, and she is pursuing a second bachelor’s in Computer Science.
Debora has a bachelor's in Linguistics and Teaching, specializing in Portuguese as a Second Language from the University of Brasilia, and a Master's of Arts in Education with a concentration in Urban Environmental Education from Antioch University Seattle.
- Show Brazil!
The soul of the Brazilian Culture in high energetic performance. Internationally recognized and respected Show Brazil!, well known throughout the Northwest, has delighted audiences in the United States, Brazil, and Canada for over twenty years.
Show Brazil!’s bandleader and Music Director Eduardo Mendonça, a native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, traces his lineage to a royal African family bearing the hereditary title of Mamabeka ("prophet of the royal court"), Eduardo is also the Music Director for iBuildbridges Foundation, and had the honor to play for Pope John Paul II’s, Nelson Mandela, and Dalai Lama.
Eduardo performed with Geraldo Azevedo, Guilherme Arantes, Jorge Benjor, Alcione, opened the show for Ana Carolina. Eduardo was also featured in a Paul Simon documentary video in 1991.
- Mayor Durkan's Festál Greeting
- Tambor e Cordas
Performing together for over 5 years, drummer King Dre and guitarist Doug Jones focus on World Music with a Brazilian base.
- Brazilian Swag
Brazilian Swag is a dance group composed of girls that came together and decided to share their passion for dance with the community. Bringing their culture performing Brazilian rhythms and dances.
These girls became Zumba® Instructors but each of them also brings a historical background in the dance field and other activities like Capoeira, and you can check this mix in their performances with Abalaê Capoeira bringing the roots of Brazil with love and passion
Same Day Events Showing Events on August 16, 2020
Formed with the primary goal of exposing new talent, showcasing existing fan favorites and providing enthusiasts with a gathering place to share their love for this enduring art form.