BrasilFest Celebrates 19 Years at Seattle Center!
The annual BrasilFest heats up Seattle Center with dancing, drumming, music, films, capoeira, traditional food, workshops, kids activities and exhibits.
WHAT: BrasilFest (Brasil is the Portuguese spelling for Brazil)
WHEN: Sunday, August 20, 2017 12 noon – 7 pm
WHERE: Seattle Center – Fisher Pavilion, Armory and Mural Amphitheater
305 Harrison Street, Seattle, Washington (Seattle Center Map)
COST: Free admission
Seattle Center’s Festál, is a series of cultural community festivals and events designed to celebrate, preserve and share the rich traditions of the region’s diverse communities with the widest possible audience. Festál is a vital part of Seattle Center’s role in helping to build a larger community and is presented by T-Mobile, Coca-Cola, Alaska Airlines and Seattle Center Foundation.
BrasilFest was created in 1999 by Brazilian immigrants Eduardo (right) and Ana Paula Mendonça (left) — in the center Gary Locke, then Washington State Governor — with the mission to expose our 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.
Our mission goes beyond keeping traditions alive; it combines traditional and contemporary Brazilian expressions.
Mendonça has played, composed, and directed various genres of Brazilian popular music in the US, Canada, Nepal and Brazil since 1974. A native of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Eduardo has shared
international stages with legendary Brazilian musicians Geraldo Azevedo,
Alcione, and Jorge Ben Jor. Eduardo has performed for many notable
personalities, including the 14th Dalai Lama, Pope John Paul II, and former
South Africa President Nelson Mandela, and he was featured in the PBS
American Masters documentary, Paul Simon: Born at the Right Time.
Steven Silverman – Vice President
Mendonça was born in São Paulo, Brazil and has lived in the United States since 1987. She was the owner of Café Brasil Restaurant. Also she created and supports “Projeto Alegria”, an organization that gives to families in need in Itupeva.
She is Manager 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.
Mendonça is also co-founder and co-Director of Brazil Center/ BrasilFest, a nonprofit organization that produces the area’s best-known Brazilian community festival, held at the Seattle Center since 1999.
Chang Choi – Treasurer
Angelica Nolet – Secretary
Lindsey Dabek – Volunteer Coordinator
Lindsey has been volunteering with Brasilfest and Brazil Center for the past five years, during which she has served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the festival, as well as assisted with exhibit setup and planning. She has also performed at the festival with the bands Show Brazil!, Onda Verde and Seattle Brazilian Jazz Ensemble. As a Seattle native, she is proud to be a part of the Brazil Center and support Brasilfest.
Patricia Fox – At large
Auxiliadora Oliveira – At large
Phone: (425) 254-1616
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments about this website.
BrasilFest Festival: P O Box 2242 – Kirkland, WA 98083
Copyright©BrasilFest, 2017. All Rights Reserved.
Brazil Center is a federally registered 501 (C3) nonprofit organization, and all donations to BrasilFest are tax deductible.