Ladies and gentlemen, it’s finally time for Carnaval Brasileiro 2015, the largest annual Brazilian event in Minnesota!!!  This celebration features 80 performers - singers, musicians, drummers, samba dancers, and artisans - who will transform International Market Square into an authentically festive Brazilian cultural experience.  Last year's event drew over 1000 attendees in 2 shows, and this year's venue can hold 3 times that amount, so we are looking forward to a very festive celebration!!!  We also have a new website with more complete info at  Please visit us there!
For over ten years guitarist/vocalist Robert Everest and his ten-piece group Beira Mar Brasil have hosted this event, which features special guest, Brazilian singer and samba dancer extraordinaire, Dandara Odara.  Dandara performs at over 50 carnival celebrations around the world each year in Europe, North America, and of course, Brazil; 2015 will mark her ninth straight appearance in Carnaval Brasileiro of the Twin Cities!
In addition to Dandara, Everest, and Beira Mar Brasil, this celebration will showcase Samba dancers Edilson Lima and Vanessa Luiz from São Paulo, Brazil, over forty drummers from Brazilian percussion ensembles Batucada Do Norte and Drumheart, and the Brazilian martial arts group Omulu Capoeira of Minnesota

Our guests will be able to purchase Brazilian specialty drinks, try out carnival masks created by master Brazilian artisan Goretti Aamot, or have their face and body painted (just like they do it in Rio!).
This year’s event will include an all-ages afternoon family matinee (with mask and instrument making, dance lessons, and free face painting for kids).  Both afternoon and evening shows will take place at one of the premier event venues in the Twin Cities, International Market Square, a beautiful space with a huge glass-roof atrium and tropical foliage, taking you to the tropics at the time we need it most!



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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants
from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council,
thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.