BrasilFest Celebrates 20 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 19th , 2018 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.

Festival History

Governor- BrasilfestBrasilFest 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.

 Board Members
   Eduardo Mendonça – President

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

Caxambu is a sunny funny participant in community programs and events, especially involving Brazilian & African music, and Capoeira Angola. Longtime involved in the Brazilian arts community in Seattle and proud to be affiliated with numerous talented Brazilian artists in the area.

  Ana Paula Mendonça – Executive Director

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


  Lindsey Dabek – Volunteer Coordinator

Lindsey Dabek has been working with the Brazil Center/BrasilFest as a Volunteer since 2012. She has participated in BrasilFest as a member of the Board of Directors and in the role of Volunteer Coordinator, as well as assisted with activity and exhibition planning/setup each year. She has performed yearly at the festival since 2011 with the bands Onda Verde, Seattle Brazilian Jazz Ensemble and Show Brazil! and is honored to be a part of the BrasilFest team.

  Auxiliadora Oliveira – At large

Dora Oliveira has performed and taught Afro-Brazilian dance for 30 years, beginning when she joined the renowned Brazilian dance troupe, Exaltacao A Bahia in 1976. Her repertoire ranges from Afro-Brazilian dance forms through jazz, ballet, and modern dance.


Patricia Fox – At large
Angelica Nolet – Secretary


BrasilFest is produced by Brazil Center and Show Brazil Productions!
For more information, go to www.seattlecenter.com or

Phone: (425) 254-1616

Email: info@brazilcenter.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.