Seattle Center Festál: BrasilFest erupts in Brazilian music, martial arts and more, 12 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 16, in Seattle Center Armory, at Mural Amphitheatre and on Fisher Roof. Festival-goers may march in a colorful parade, dance, sing, eat and be amazed as BrasilFest fills Seattle Center with a sultry display of South American soul, Brazilian style, and celebrates the cultural diversity of this dynamic country.
The 17th annual BrasilFest celebrates Tropicália, an arts and cultural movement that developed in the late 1960s under Brazil’s military dictatorship. Drawing on African, Portuguese and indigenous traditions, Tropicália unites the diverse influences that shape modern Brazilian culture. Marcio Pacheco’s talk entitled “Tropicália – Social Revolution in Brazil via Music” illuminates the ways musicians reacted to the social and political environment of the era, using music as a means to express their opinions and discontent.
Special guests Monoclub, from Sorocaba in the State of São Paulo, present their unique fusion of folk and modern music (https://bandamonoclub.bandpage.com/). Other musical highlights include performances by Batucada Yemanjá, Tambor e Cordas, Passarim, Full Bus, Grupo Amoroso and Choro Tocando.
Energetic dance and Capoeira performances fill the day, featuring the amazing Dora Oliveira and Dance Brazil, Bahia in Motion, Show Brazil! and VamoLá. Visitors can join the fun in dance workshops led by Oliveira and Bahia in Motion, or a Capoeira Angola workshop taught by Mestre Silvinho of the International Capoeira Angola Foundation. Festival performances culminate in a participatory percussion and dance parade leading from Mural Amphitheatre to Fisher Roof.
A visual arts exhibition displays the work of Brazilian artists Amália Couto and Mirleane Plaisted. Seattle Latino Film Festival screens “Caramelos Para Todos (Candy for All),” a documentary about the work of two musicians in the Candeal favela.
Sample traditional Brazilian food at the outdoor marketplace near Mural Amphitheatre, where vendors serve specialties including feijoada (beef, pork and bean stew), pastel (fried pastry with savory fillings) and pão de queijo (cheese bread).
Seattle Center Festál is a program of Seattle Center Productions. Admission is free-of-charge. For more information on BrasilFest and other Seattle Center public programming, click on Seattle Center or call 206 684-7200.