Happened last Sept. 22 between 12 pm and 6 pm with Free Admission at La Brea Tar Pits in Hancock Park, and was sponsored by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil and the California Steel Industries. This event was organized by the Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles and the Brazil Foundation.

The festival celebrateed Brazilian Independence Day (Sep. 7) and took place at the Page Museum gardens, featuring the best of Brazilian music, cuisine, dance, and martial arts. The highlights was Roberto Trevisan, directly from New York with playful rhythms of forró – the Brazilian country music born in the northeast; Sambajah with the beat of pagode and samba and Sonia Santos & Anna Gazolla’s BrasilBrazil Show demonstrating the diverse styles and rhythms of Brazil’s colorful and tropical culture. DJ Sergio Mielniczenko (The Brazilian Hour & the Global Village programs) took charge of the presentation and as DJ playing the best of Bossa Nova and the newest beats of world music.

Capoeira Besouro also performed and the high point of the event was the famous Brazilian composer Dori Caymmi, who played the essence of Brazilian Popular Music. His main influences come from his father, Dorival Caymmi, as well Tom Jobim, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. Caymmi became a producer, arranger and musical director and has two Latin Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy nominations. Today he is one of the most important Brazilian composers alive. Several Brazilian restaurants provided authentic Brazilian food and several companies that commercialize Brazilian products in USA like Açaí juice, Coconut Water and Guaraná was in the big party. The attendance was able to buy brazilian products from different merchants.

The children had fun with the “Kids Corner”, featuring Soccer and Capoeira workshops, face-painting, folklore story-telling, door prizes, popcorn, and cotton candy. Trips to Brazil and other prizes was raffled. All the funds raised was delivered for the non profit organization Brazil Foundation. The location was The La Brea Tar Pits located at 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90211. Supported by Soul Brasil magazine.

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