The annual BrasilFest heats up Seattle Center August 20 with dancing, drumming, music,films, traditional food, workshops and exhibits.
305 Harrison Street, Seattle,WA 98109
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Seattle’s BrasilFest, celebrates the unique diversity of this South American cultural melting pot. Brazil’s African, Portuguese and indigenous roots are celebrated with classical guitar, samba rhythms and the percussive beats of traditional folk music.
BrasilFest (Brazil spelled with an “S” in Portuguese). The lively world of Brazilian arts and culture will fill Seattle Center with a sultry display of South American soul, Brazilian style.
This one-day extravaganza will offer continuous music, dance, workshops and performance that represent a broad repertoire of traditional and contemporary Brazilian expressions as well as traditional folkloric performers. Experience all that this exuberant and vivid culture has to offer, from Capoeira demonstrations and workshops for all ages (Brazilian martial arts), Samba workshops, children’s activities (mask-making, painting), Brazilian instruments, arts and crafts, photo exhibits and films. BrasilFest is the first annual celebration of Brazilian culture in Washington State, drawing a significant audience.
Although Seattle has a relatively small Brazilian community, it has grown significantly in the past decade; Microsoft in particular employs a large Brazilian workforce, as does the Pacific Northwest fishing industry. Regardless of the size of the community, BrasilFest has a significant contribution to make according to festival organizer Eduardo Mendonça. “Not only is this festival important to the Brazilian community but also for the general public that loves Brazilian arts and culture. Our mission is for people to have the most fun they can while being exposed to and educated about Brazilian culture.”
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