Bom Dia! Happy Friday! What a way to kick off the weekend! We are celebrating with glimpse of just some of the beautiful moments caught at this year's 7th Annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival. We had such a great time exploring Brazilian culture, past, present and future! For Now - Press play! We have more video and photos coming! Stay Tuned!
Bom Dia! Happy Wednesday! We're almost through the week and we have lots of photos we've processed since the festival! Its been exciting seeing so many of your familiar faces, and meeting many more new people who attended this year!!
All PHOTOS COPYWRITE - PHOTOGRAPHER: JUAN LOZA - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED - 2016 - BRAZILIAN DAY
What a thrill it was to host the lovely ladies and gents, from SAMBAZ! These beautiful dancers are the premier Brazilian dance group in Phoenix and across Arizona. Founded by Angelique Marquand Starks, this talented team of Sambaistas has stormed the US at major festivals, events, and nationally recognized dance competitions.
Push Play and Enjoy their performance at this year’s 7th Annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival!
Thank you Yana Sky for posting the video!
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY OF PHOTOGRAPHER - TERRY SHELTON. ALL RIGHTS RESERVEVD - COPYWRITE 2016 - BRAZILIAN DAY
On behalf of Afro:Baile and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, we want to say MUITO OBRIGADO (Thank You very much), to each and everyone of you who attended this years 7th Annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival. We also want to send a huge thank you to all of our performers, dancers, djs, musicians, singers, instructors, academies, artists, vendors, foodies, sponsors and friends who really made the festival come together as a community.
Thanks to Axé Capoeira Arizona, Jay Camara, Axé Alex Pirulito,DjSeduce, Chris Brazil, Batala Los Angeles, Mario Pallais, Grupo Cupim Do Samba, Jahgun Jahgun Jahgun, Renni Flores, Kawambe-Omowale African Drum & Dance, Gracie Barra Scottsdale Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Self Defense, @Daniel Piper Musical Instrument Museum - MIM, Joey Formiga Morales, Dave Ware, Dana Ware, Danja Russ Details, SambAZ Dancers, Angelique Marquand Starks, Jam Sani, Juan Loza, Slleyk da Bahia, Inaie Ramalho, Corporate Caterers PHX, Triple Dot Food Truck,Alex Verkruijsse, GoDaddy Tempe, Cary Lackey, Xingu Beer, AAA Arizona, Az Patio Cover Sun Control Llc, Sedona Pines Resort, Gustavo Dantas, Phoenix Art Museum, azcentral, BD Designs, Mijana Grill Az,Menassa Abinader, Me Brigadeiro, The Lure Carts LLC., Paletas Betty,Jamburritos Cajun Grille - Express, Breezy Pop, AND EVERY Single staff member from our Production crew, grounds crew, audio crew, clean up crew, and board staff at SCPA!!
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Photos by Jam Sani Photography.
TODAY IS THE DAY!
The 7th Annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival is Today! Saturday September 24th 2016 at the wonderful Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts from 2pm - 10pm! The festival is all ages, family friendly, and a great time!
WHAT TO EXPECT?
We're going to have beautiful weather, delicious food, tasty drinks, and a true Brazilian Experience of Live Brazilian Music, Dance, Performances, Workshops, Art, Film, Activities 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!
$15.00 (12 & up)
$7.00 (11 & under)
Purchase at the festival box offie starting at 2pm.
Come Early! Stay Late! Its a full day of Brazilian Culture and Community!
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. 2nd Street / Scottsdale, Arizona
Doors at 2pm - 10pm / All Ages
Good Morning!! Bom Dia!
Just 1 day until Brazilin Day! Excited! Ready for some fun! Ready to dance! shake! boogie! learn! eat! drink! play! watch! and EXPEIRIENCE!
BUT! Before we get to Brazilian Day tomorrow, here is a list of some things to help you prepare for the festival, and how to make the best of the day and night celebration.
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
INDOOR / OUTDOOR EVENT:
GETTING AROUND THE EVENT:
FOOD & DRINKS:
Bom Dia! Just a few days away until we celebrate Brazilian Day Festival! The 7th annual event is a day and night time festival held both outdoor and indoor, complete with Live Music, Dance, Performances, DJs, Workshops, Activities, Kids Crafts, Food, Drinks, Vendors and more! There is something for everyone, so we don't want hear any complaining there's nothing to do! Hahah! We have something happening every hour all day and all night long both in and outdoor!
The festival program was created to showcase the best of Brazilian Culture as a whole, down to the roots, history, and culture that was created past, present and future. Its a community, the Brazilian community, and your community, our community, a cultural community! Brazil is a lot of things to a lot of people, and we hope to share just a taste of Brazil that reflects what it means to be Brazilian!
Official Schedules posted! Come Early! Stay Late!
Tickets @ www.BrazilianDayArizona.com or visit the TICKETS page today!
The Festival is just 5 days ahead of us! A full year in the making! We can't wait! It’s going to be a good time for all to enjoy both day and night!
We know all that good time can stir up an Appetite, so we have several options of food and drinks being served by some of the best local eateries in the valley! Brazilian? Lebanese? Argentinian? How about all 3 and some Cajun or Fish Fry to go along with it! We got something for everyone!
All food and drink sold separately, so be sure to support your local eateries as they have planned some delicious menus for you! See what’s cooking. Visit our FOOD & DRINK Page Today!
And be sure to visit our TICKETS page to get your tickets for the festival!
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Brazilian, Portuguese, African, Lebanese and Japanese traditions have all shaped Brazilian music, dance and martial arts styles. An annual festival in Phoenix highlights the different flavors of Brazil with live music and dance performances, authentic food and drink and interactive workshops.
The 7th annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival will commemorate Brazil’s Independence Day with a cultural celebration on Sept. 24 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Founder and director Miguel Ivery said the festival provides a taste of the rich music and dance traditions of Brazil.
“You really get an understanding of where Brazilian music has come from, where it is going and everything in between,” Ivery said.
The event started as a showcase for artists from Ivery’s record label, Afro-Baile. Over the years, it has grown into a local cultural celebration attracting thousands of people.
During the festival, local and international bands, singers and dance groups will perform modern and traditional styles of Brazilian music and dance.
Internationally-known artists Jahgun of samba-reggae group Olodum and Renni Flores from Brazilian percussion group Ile Aiye will headline the festival.
The event will also have performances from Grupo Cupim do Samba, a five-piece band out of Rio de Janeiro; the SambAZ Dancers of Phoenix; West-African drumming group Kawambe-Omowale of Phoenix; samba-reggae drum troupe Batala Los Angeles and capoeira group Axe Capoeira Arizona.
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DJ Chris Brazil from Los Angeles and DJ Seduce from Phoenix will also get the crowd moving with high-energy music.
Along with music and dance performances, the festival will have a children’s area with face painting and jewelry-making activities, a film presentation on Brazilian music and culture, a live art show and a Samba Queen contest.
Local food vendors will offer Lebanese, Brazilian, Mexican, Argentinian, Cajun and American styles of food. Festivalgoers can try popular Brazilian foods such as coxinha, brigadeiro and pastel.
Caipirinhas, Brazilian cocktails prepared with cachaça, lime and sugar, will also be available for purchase.
During the interactive festival, guests can take part in workshops on capoeira, Afro-Brazilian dance, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Brazilian percussion styles and sweaty sexy samba.
Ivery said the workshops expose festivalgoers to Brazilian dance, music and martial arts in an immersive and educational way.
“You’re going to be able to experience things you’ve never seen before, that you will to be able to see, hear, touch and take part in. We really want people to leave knowing that they had a real experience of Brazil,” Ivery said.
Throughout the day, students and teachers from Axe Capoeira Arizona will perform and teach different styles of Brazilian dance, music and martial arts.
The performance styles come from northeast Brazil and have been influenced by African dance rhythms and movements.
All of the music, dance and martial arts styles have rich histories.
Styles of dance such as colheita and maculele were traditionally performed during the harvesting of sugar cane.
Samba-reggae has been influenced by music styles from Brazil and Jamaica.
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Afro, a type of Afro-Brazilian dance style performed since the Colonial Era, incorporates drumming and rapid dance movements.
Contramestre Jay “Camara” Spain, senior teacher and director for Axe Capoeira Arizona, said Brazilian dance styles such as samba and Afro can be difficult even for trained dancers to learn.
“You use your hips, shoulders and diaphragm; open your chest and curve your back. And then there’s a lot of small, intricate steps, especially in samba and Afro, that are not easy to do,” Spain said.
Spain said African slaves incorporated music and acrobatics into capoeira to disguise the martial arts style as a type of dance.
Capoeira has influenced dance styles in other countries. Spain said early break dancers in New York blended hip hop dance styles with capoeira movements.
“The people who were, back in those days, doing locking and popping and spinning on their backs on cardboard boxes on the sideways, they saw capoeira, and they copied from our footwork, what we call ginga, and called it the ‘uprock step,’” Spain said.
Many Brazilian martial arts and dance styles, including capoeira, bring together people of different ages and backgrounds.
“We do it all together in a community-based format, so it’s very inclusive. We like to let [audiences] see that, hear that and experience that,” Spain said.
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Brazilian Day Arizona Festival
When: 2-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.
Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale.
Admission: $15 general admission, $7 children 11 and under, children 2 and under free.
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