Seattle Center Festál: BrasilFest Shares The Dynamic Music, Dance And Drumming Of Brazil
Embrace the cultures of the Pacific Northwest and cultivate love, peace and understanding of the communities that make up our region. Join us for Seattle Center Festál: BrasilFest, Sunday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., at Seattle Center Armory, Fisher Rooftop and Mural Amphitheatre. The packed day presents traditional and contemporary Brazilian dance, music, visual arts, food and celebration during the week of Brazilian Folklore Day.
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. In 2019, BrasilFest has evolved into a dynamic event that provides a platform for contemporary Brazilian cultural expressions featuring Capoeira presentations, Samba workshops, hands-on children's activities, drumming performances and Brazilian film.
"Lá Dentro da Mata," a Brazilian children's play, headlines the day. The music-filled production, presented in 90% Brazilian Portuguese, unfolds the adventurous, magical journey of the play's main character Mel. Guests can find this free performance on the Mural Amphitheatre Stage starting at 1 p.m.
Newly added this year is the "Alaska Airlines Fly Away Giveaway." Guests who obtain a passport inside Seattle Center Armory or by downloading online can collect stamps by attending festivals to be entered to win round-trip air travel for two to the Alaska Airlines destination of their choice. Each stamp is an entry to win; the more Festál events attended and stamps collected, the higher the odds of winning! More information at seattlecenter.com/festal.
Seattle Center Festál highlights the culturally rich communities who shape the character of our region. Although the series began in 1997, the festivals took place earlier in their own ethnic communities. Now, Seattle Center serves as a central place, where festivals invite the public to join in their unique cultural expression. This year's theme, "Love, Peace and Understanding," is woven throughout 24 free, ethnic cultural festivals. In a time of divisive national rhetoric, Festál celebrates our shared humanity to build connections, tear down stereotypes and create trust.
Seattle Center Festál: BrasilFest is a public program presented by Seattle Center in partnership with Brazil Arts Education. Admission is free of charge. For more information on this festival, visit www.brasilfest.org, and to learn more about this collection of ethnic cultural events and other Seattle Center public programming, visit www.seattlecenter.com or call 206-684-7200.