Brasil Fest Chicago 2012

Chicago's Brazilian community and friends are coming together on August 26 to celebrate their unique heritage with Brasil Fest Chicago, the first Brazilian outdoor festival in the Midwest.

Why Brasil Fest with an "S" rather than a "Z"? Because that's the Portuguese spelling of Brazil! And why now? Because 2012 is shaping up to be remembered as the year when Brazil claimed its place in the global stage.

The Brasil Fest stage will offer non-stop entertainment for all tastes from noon to 6:45 p.m. Afro-Brazilian culture afficionados will be treated to capoeira and maculêlê performances, while music fans will get a little of everything from the erudite Brazilian jazz of Paulinho Garcia and the Breno Sauer Sextet to the danceable rhythms of Chicago Samba and Bossa Tres Quintet.

Passistas Samba Dancers and Samba1 Brazilian Dance Group will perform dazzling moves - and the audience will have no excuse not to join them, because there will be instructors onstage teaching samba! And for those who are curious about the Zumba fitness craze, there will be a 15-minute Zumba session with Brazilian music and choreographies.

Brasil Fest will be a free ($5 suggested donation) kid-friendly event with lots going on offstage, including face-painting and Brazilian children's games, and hands-on learning opportunities through free capoeira and percussion workshops for all ages.

Brasil Fest will be held as part of The Boulevard, a popular Star Events festival that has been rocking the sizzling Logan Square Neighborhood for three years. Initial funding for the event was provided by Brazil's Ministry of External Relations by way of the Consulate General of Brazil in Chicago.

"Our goal was to insert an event in Chicago's summer schedule that would honor the Brazilian community while at the same time engaging the local public," said Deputy Consul of Brazil in Chicago Camila Mandel Barros.

Brasil Fest was conceived by Moacyr Marchini, the frontman for Chicago Samba, which has been entertaining local Brazilian music lovers for 21 years. "I've been to Brazilian Day in New York a few times, and I thought it was nuts that we didn't have a similar event here," Marchini said. "This has been a longtime dream of mine, and I'm confident that Brasil Fest Chicago will only grow in the coming years."

To make Brasil Fest happen, Marchini has been working for months with members of the leading Brazilian organizations in Chicagoland: The website Chicagoano, the mother's group Mães Brasileiras de Illinois, the catholic group Comunidade Católica Brasileira em Chicago, the Illinois-São Paulo Partners of the Americas, and the International Latino Cultural Center.

For companies that want to expose their brand to the local Brazilian community, Brasil Fest is offering a variety of sponsor packages to fit any budget. Chicago-area residents who want to be a part of the event can volunteer to help out with a variety of tasks before, during and after the event; all volunteers will receive a free Brasil Fest T-shirt. Visit http://www.brasilfestchicago.com/ for additional information.

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  • Michael G.

    While the weather wasn't cooperating, it didn't matter for those who were there. The people that we met there were nice and friendly (something I haven't been used to since I don't speak Portuguese, but am Brasilian). The music and stage acts were great and lots of fun (my 18 month old son kept everyone entertained by dancing with rhythm and without a care).
    The only downside were 3 main points as far as I am concerned; there wasn't any Brasilian food vendors--how can that be with Brasil Legal, Sinha and a few others in town that could have catered? I felt as though there weren't enough booths for education/information that were Brasilian in nature--more sponsor tents than anything else. Lastly, if there is a liquor license....can we get some caipirinhas or caipiroscas going? All and all though, a great start to what I hope is an annual event! Oh, fix the logo-the Chicago city stars have 6 points!

    August 30, 2012

  • Isabela

    The music was good but what happen with Brasil food? I thought they would have caipirinhas and feijoada! Saudades da comida brasileira!

    August 27, 2012

  • Margaret R.

    Could not find the group at the monument (around 12:30 PM), drove around the area searching for some sign of BrasilFest activities

    August 27, 2012

  • David B.

    I had a very good time yesterday even with the rain. Was especially nice to meet so many good people !

    August 27, 2012

  • Sergio

    A huge "thank you" to everyone who braved the merciless weather to be at Brasil Fest today! Today was just a start, we pulled it off despite all odds, just imagine what we can do next year with more support!

    August 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    All I can say, I was in the monument it was Heavy raining

    August 26, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    is it still happening even with the rain?

    August 26, 2012

  • Sue C.

    It's outside??

    August 26, 2012

  • Sue C.

    How much does it cost to go

    August 26, 2012

    • Rene J.

      I think it is a $5 suggested donation.

      August 26, 2012

  • Sue C.

    I will be there

    August 26, 2012

  • Mario

    Espero que todo mundo gosta de si e bebi muita caipirinhas!! Me traz grande dor em dizer que eu tenho que cancelar este tempo. ;-( Ate logo gente boa!

    August 24, 2012

  • Isabela

    Onde nós vamos nos encontrar pessoal? Temos que marcar um ponto de encontro! Vai ter muita gente lá!

    August 21, 2012

    • Petra

      Eu intendo Portuguese, but others might not so if you want everyone to feel welcome you might want to organize the meeting place in English. (-:

      1 · August 22, 2012

    • Sergio

      Hi everyone, maybe this info is hard to see because it's in small print above the Brasil Fest logo, but from the start I said let's meet by the organizers' tent - that's honestly the only reference point I have :)

      2 · August 22, 2012

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