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Sunday, August 20, 2023
12:00 p.m.
Armory Food & Event Hall
Free Event

BrasilFest will take place on Sunday, August 20: 12pm-7pm at the Armory Food & Event Hall, Mural Amphitheatre, and Fisher Rooftop. The festival is part of the Seattle Center Festál series. It is free and open to the public.

Seattle Center Festál is a year-round series of 24 free cultural festivals, produced in partnership with community organizations. In 2022, Festál celebrated 25 years of stories and traditions, ushering in a new era of hybrid programming. Learn more about Festál and subscribe to the newsletter for updates.

BrasilFest was created in 1999 by Brazilian immigrants Eduardo and Ana Paula Mendonça. The festival's mission is to expose the community to Brazilian arts and traditions during the week of the Brazilian Folklore Day. This year, BrasilFest celebrates its 25th Anniversary. 


Armory Stage


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.


Fernan Rock

Fernando Rocha is an actor, singer, director, and theater teacher. He got a Master's Degree in Theatre. From a very early, committed himself to the Performing Arts. He studied with great masters in Brazil and eight different countries, among them Japan and Germany. He practiced the art of mime, of the dances he tried a little of each, of the classical ballet, passing through the modern and contemporary dance and pausing with a little more emphasis on the Brazilian folk and the Japanese butoh dance. He recently began researching American hip hop and Indian Kathakali theater.

Founder of the Teatro Ritual Group in 1996 in Brazil and the Sonhus Space in Goiânia, a small theater dedicated to the theater of experimentation and projects involving the Art and Education of young people. He has published the book The Art of Actor in Group - The Training of Actor as Collective Culture and several academic articles on the creative work of the actor as well.

1:30pm-1:45pm Samba Parajito
2:00pm-2:45pm Tabla Forró

Raiz Brazil

Raiz Brazil Dance Company had its debut in February 2008 at the Sambala Carnival Ball at the Vault 350 in Long Beach by its founder Jonia McClenney.

Jonia is from Brazil and she wanted to make art and entertainment come together exploring the Brazilian rhythms like samba, axe, samba-reggae, frevo and fusing them with other traditional dance techniques like ballet, jazz, modern and hiphop.

They bring fun, sexy and classy entertainment, fascinating the audiences with the culture and art behind the glitter and the sultry moves.

4:00pm-4:45pm Tambor e Cordas

Drummer Andre Hobson, guitarist Doug Jones and vocalist Nilza Lessa blend the sounds of world music, especially Brazilian, Reggae and Jazz. Playing together since 2014, they bring a variety of backgrounds and experience to the music they share.

Armory Loft 2

1:30pm-2:30pm Samba Workshop with Jônia Queen

Jônia was born and raised in Brazil and she has danced her whole life, from Brazilian folk dances to classical styles like ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. She is the creator/founder of Raiz Brazil Dance Company. Jônia has been performing Samba professionally for 16 years and she is the current "Samba Queen USA 2016/17".

Jônia also has accomplished other samba competitions and titles over the years, like "Queen of the Drums" for Sambalá Samba School 2008-2011, "Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnival Queen 2014", "San Diego Brazil Carnival Queen 2014", "Hollywood Carnival Queen 2015".

3:00pm-4:00pm Roda de Choro hosted by Chorando na Chuva
4:15pm-5:00pm The history of Jonathan Batista

Armory Loft 3

12:00pm-1:00pm Zahara e os Livros da Luz – Book story by Joyce Yarrow
1:30pm-2:30pm Youth Panel
3:00pm-4:00pm Tabla Forró

Armory Loft 4

1:00pm-4:00pm Northwest Film Forum

Armory Balcony - Food Demos


Food Demo: Sandra Rocha - "Tapioca

Sandra was born in the Bahia region of northern Brazil. She was introduced to the kitchen at a young age while assisting her mother in the small bed and breakfast she operated. She learned about fresh foods from her father since they had to grow vegetable themselves.

When she was teen, she moved to the metropolis of São Paulo, and experimented recipes using her friends as subjects by preparing meals for small dinner parties. Later, she started a small take-out business called “Feijoada to Go”, preparing the most traditional Brazilian dish.

She lives in the Pacific Northwest near to Seattle where she intensified her interesting on prepare seafood.

4:00pm-5:00pm Food Demo: Everaldo Pierro Jr - "Coxinhas"

Mural Amphitheatre

12:15pm-12:45pm Capoeira Malês
1:00pm-2:00pm SambaGringo
2:30pm-3:30pm Grupo Onda Verde

The group celebrates the music of Brazil, especially Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Choro and Samba.
4:00pm-5:00pm VamoLá

VamoLá! is a Seattle-based Brazilian drum and dance ensemble that brings the spirit of Carnaval to life through vibrant parades and performances. Our main focus is on Rio-style samba, but we perform a variety of other music and dance styles from all over Brazil. Our name means, “Let’s go!” in Portuguese, and we do just that — we get people going!

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.

Fisher Rooftop

2:00pm-4:00pm Open Roda de Capoeria with Capoeira Malês
6:30pm-7:00pm VamoLá


2023 BrasilFest Poster

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