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In terms of COVID requirements, Seattle Center is a City of Seattle department. Thus, we are following the guidance from the City of Seattle as well as King County Public Health. Learn about Seattle Center's health and safety protocols at our events. To protect the public, City staff and contractors are asked to be fully vaccinated.
The festival will take place in-person on Sunday, August 21, 12pm-7pm in the Armory Food & Event Hall, Mural Amphitheatre, and Fisher Pavilion Rooftop. The event is free and open to the public.
BrasilFest exposes the community to Brazilian arts and traditions during the week of the Brazilian Folklore Day. This is a unique mission, as this day is not usually celebrated outside of Brazil. In Brazil, this event is an important educational tool in continuing Brazilian folkloric traditions. The festival's mission goes beyond keeping traditions alive, and combines traditional and contemporary Brazilian expressions. It provides an opportunity to bring together all artists and organizations concerned with Brazil and to unite them in one venue. Thereby, they hope to increase the visibility of the Brazilian cultural landscape in the community.
Eduardo and Ana Paula, Brazilian immigrants, co-founded the nonprofit, Brazil Center, and BrasilFest, which has been held free of charge at the Seattle Center since 1999. It is the area’s best-known Brazilian festival. Eduardo was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He is a guitarist, percussionist, singer, composer, and director of Show Brazil! Productions. He traces his heritage to a royal African family called "Mama Beka", meaning “Prophet of the Royal Court". Ana Paula is a promoter and co-founder of Show Brazil Productions, a Seattle area company created in 1995 to promote Brazilian arts and education opportunities in the U.S and Canada. Ana Paula Mendonça was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and has lived in the United States since 1987, as a naturalized U.S. citizen.
|3:00pm-3:45pm||Chorando na Chuva|
|4:00pm-4:45pm||Tambor E Cordas|
|1:45pm-2:45pm||Dance with Dora|
Zouk with Fawnia Chavaux
Learn with Fawnia some elements of Lambada, Zouk, and other dances, and versatility in the social to dance various styles of music. This workshop aims to offer students a 360-degree panorama of what happens in the zouk community.
|Armory Loft 2|
Roda de Choro with Karen Tsao
Come join in a beloved Brazilian tradition – the roda (circle) de choro. This roda/jam is open to all who love, or just want to try, playing choro. Sit in for the whole time or just a tune or two. Listeners are also welcome. They have been hosting rodas over the past decade in various locations and know how to make all levels of players feel welcome in the group. They will be providing sheet music for both concert and B♭ instruments.
|Armory Loft 3|
|2:00pm-2:45pm||The Road of the Golden Trails - Roni Rodrigues
A glimpse of the history of Rondônia accompanied by basic steps of folk dances from the region.
|Armory Loft 3|
Afro-Brazilian Dance with Dora
Join the amazing Dora Oliveira for this all-ages, fun, high-energy dance workshop exploring Afro-Brazilian dance movements to the vibe of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil! Come ready to loosen up your body, lift your spirits, and get a fulfilling workout! Dora always delivers!
|Armory Loft 2|
|2:00pm-4:00pm||Roda de Capoeira||Fisher Rooftop|
VamoLá (Drum & Dance Ensemble)
VamoLá! is a Seattle-based Brazilian drum and dance ensemble that brings the spirit of Carnaval to life through vibrant parades and performances. Their main focus is on Rio-style samba, but perform a variety of other music and dance styles from all over Brazil. Their name means, “Let’s go!” in Portuguese, and we do just that — we get people going!