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BrasilFest introduces the broader community to this dynamic and diverse culture, whose homeland is known as the melting pot of South America, with live music, dance, visual exploration, authentic foods, ethnic items for sale, workshops, demonstrations and hands-on learning for kids and adults.
In 1999, Brazilian immigrants brought this high energy festival to Seattle with a mission of introducing the broader community to their arts and traditions at the time of Brazilian Folklore Day. Now, BrasilFest has evolved into a dynamic event that provides a platform for contemporary Brazilian cultural expressions featuring Capoeira presentations, Samba workshops, mask-making activities, drumming performances and Brazilian BBQ demonstrations.
To celebrate the 21st anniversary, guests can engage with Brazilian culture and history in a creative and unique way with the BrasilFest timeline. Within the significant dates marked on the timeline, guests put their faces in a cut-out image for a photo opportunity of themselves in traditional Brazilian dress. Another focal point is a large-scale map of Brazil used as an interactive piece to share how guests relate to the regions of the country.
Other featured activities include two panel discussions that involve the audience in conversations about political and social injustices affecting immigrants and artists of color. Young adults Brazilian born, or Americans born to Brazilian parents talk about their challenges and celebrations as Brazilians in the United States. Brazilian and American artists, educators and local arts administrators share their knowledge and research on current events taking place in Brazil and dive into topics such as racism, classism and the activism that have been ignited by leaders such as Zumbi and Marielle Franco.
BrasilFest 2019 is presented in partnership with Brazil Center and Show Brazil Productions.
Temporary site-specific works installed on campus by artists whose work reflects their surroundings and enlivens the campus with color, whimsy, and surprise. This year's works center on the theme Metamorphosis, and will be installed August through December.
ANGIE HINOJOS YUSUF & CARLOS JIMENEZ, LXCHEL
Location: Fisher Pavilion Overhang, corner of Second Ave and Thomas Street
Ixchel was the Meshica god of the moon; as the moon waxed and waned, she transformed through all the stages of life. Dragonflies are also a symbol of metamorphosis—when Ixchel died, dragonflies sang over her for 183 days.
HENRY JACKSON-SPIEKER, BURL
Location: Founders Court, Fountain side
Burl is a Juxtaposition between Seattle's natural and metropolitan environment. Creating a natural forms directly onto the concrete structures invites the viewer to hold and weigh these contrasting and continually encroaching worlds.
KATIE MILLER, CONSTRUCT
Location: Monorail Station Overpass, leading from Armory East exit
Construct explores Seattle's rapidly changing urban landscape and how our perception of place is informed by our surroundings. Utilizing forced-perspective, shifts in scale, and varied linear repetition, Construct references the lines, angles, and forms revealed through the building process.
CAROLINA SILVA, THE WIND TRAP
Location: Founders Court, Mercer Street side
A vertical space covered by mylar streamers, overhanging and interacting with light and wind, capturing unpredictable reflections, movement and sounds. The Wind Trap is about that which is unseen, appearing in a festive, transformative mode.