Afro:Baile presents the 7th Annual Brazilian Day Festival, a celebration of Brazilian culture is from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St.
Presented in partnership with the Center, the event is designed to excite and energize crowds as the festival will showcase live Brazilian bands, costume-themed dancers, workshops, films, performances, special guests, art, lights, décor and more.
This year’s theme will celebrate both Brazil’s Independence Day and the country’s beloved Carnaval with a multifaceted presentation of Brazilian culture taking place both indoors and outdoors. The celebration will kick off with an outdoor main stage featuring live music, DJs, and dance performances, while local vendors, mobile eateries and a fun children’s crafts area will keep attendees having a good time until the sun goes down.
At sunset, a Batucada (drum line) parade will ensue around the festival encouraging attendees to wave their Brazilian flags, dance and follow along for a good time. As day becomes night, lights will shine brightly with dancing, costumes and performances to the sounds of samba, samba-reggae, pagode and axé music — right from Carnaval!
Not to be overlooked, the festival’s indoor stage area will be equally exciting with an array of live workshops, demonstrations, films and hands-on activities focusing on Brazilian history, culture, heritage, roots and Brazil’s African (Afro-Brazilian) diaspora.
Workshops will include live capoeira, jiu-jitsu, music instruments, Afro-Brazilian dance, and a sit-down film montage. The interactive demonstrations are family-friendly and a great opportunity to learn about Brazilian culture while taking part in the festivities.
Festival attendees will not only experience live Brazilian music and dance, but will also have an opportunity to taste the authentic flavors of Brazilian cuisine. Local food producers will sample and sell tantalizing Brazilian, Lebanese, Argentinian, Cajun, American and other cultural foods. A bar serving Brazil’s national cocktail, the “caipirinha,” will also be available along with other delicious beverages throughout the day.
Admission is $15 and $7 (ages 11 and under). Advance discount tickets are highly recommended and are available online at www.BrazilianDayArizona.com. All online ticket orders will receive a free gift.
The Scottsdale Independent is available for free every Wednesday.