Festival Afro-Bahia Comes to DC

Posted: Jun. 27th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

It's not every day that visitors and locals in the Washington D.C. area get a chance to experience Brazilian culture, but a once in a lifetime opportunity is headed to the nation's capitol in the form of the Festival Afro-Bahia. Featuring some of the best performers around and celebrating the culture of Brazil's Bahia, the festival promises to be a delight.

Festival Afro-Bahia will share the diverse culture of the state of Bahia, Brazil with Washington, DC.

Highlights will include:

Performances by Brazilian musician Tonho Materia, former singer with the legendary group Olodum from the state of Bahia. He is an innovator of the world famous Bahian music style samba-reggae;

Demonstrations of the Afro-Brazilian martial art of capoeira, with world-renowned masters and maculelê Val Boa Morte , Mestre Boa Gente, Mestre Cobra Mansa, Mestre Efraim Silva, and Mestre Curisco; Performance by Batalá

A screening of the documentary, “Blacks in South America,” along with a panel discussion about social and economic issues facing African and indigenous peoples in the Americas;

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