By Lindenberg Junior
The Brazilian community and lovers of Brazilian culture had the opportunity to celebrate the “Brazilian Day in L.A” again this year, in a beautiful, hot and sunny day in Redondo Beach. The annual event has been happening for seven years in a row since the initiative of the charismatic ambassador Thereza Quintella in 2007 and the support of the Brazilian General Consulate of Los Angeles. Since 2007 the event that celebrates the Brazilian Independence Day took place in “La Brea Tar Pits”, a park that belongs to the museum of contemporary arts of the city.
The Brazilian Consulate organized the event for the first four years, then in 2011, it was put together by the Sambalá Samba School, a non-profit organization held by the American David de Hilster, and the Brazilian Doris de Hilster, but supervised by the Brazilian Consulate. Unfortunately, last year’s Brazilian Day, which has been financially supported by the Brazilian Consulate of Los Angeles, was postponed because the multiple economical crises the Brazilian government has experienced and the fact that Sambala has moved to Florida.
Although monetary contribution from the Consulate no longer available, the event was back this year (*2015) with the support of several members of the community such as Bakari Santos (artist); Silvio Correia, Doug Howarth and Rodney de Assis, (Entrepreneurs); Ilma Wright; Luciene Peck and many others lead by Entrepreneur Valeria Ruggieri in the production/organization and journalist Lindenberg Junior in the public relations/communication marketing. This year, the event was held on Sunday, October 11th, between 12pm and 6pm, at Samba Restaurant in Redondo Beach (inside/outside area) with a beautiful view for the pacific ocean and the pier of Redondo Beach.
The sunny and beautiful day with an intense schedule of activities served as a warm up for the even bigger outdoor festival coming up in 2016! Brazilian Day in L.A is an event for the community by the community. It’s the perfect opportunity to share the energy and the happiness of being Brazilian, and to also enjoy traditional dishes and drinks from our country. The most important aspect of the festival is that it gives everyone the sense of belonging to a big loving family, our Brazilian community of Los Angeles.
The live entertainment was possible thanks to the contribution of some of the best Brazilian artists/performers in the L.A area such as:
Mario Pallais – Batala Los Angeles with Special Guest Ney Rios and Bobby Easton
Flavio Ribeiro – Grupo Brasilidade
Daniel Carneiro and The New Cycle Band
Junior Logan – Tom Jota
DJ Chris Brazil
Ana Laidley – Samba & Motion
Joany Macias – LA Samba Dancers
Ana Massete – Samba Angels
Diane Brazil – Samba4U
Gisella Ferreira – Samba Soul
The Brazilian Day in L.A 2015 had as sponsors:
Samba Steakhouse, Balloons Dream Art and Events, SWP Signs, Soul Brasil Magazine, Kisuccess Media & Marketing, New Leaf Staffing, Inc, and RioBela Productions.
*To check the photo covering of the event visit our FB page and click photos than the album.