Brazilian culture comes alive at Living Cultures: Brazil on Saturday, May 13 from 7-10 PM at Valley High School in West Des Moines. Here’s what you can look forward to at the event:
Brazilian Culture Comes Alive
CultureALL collaborated with the Brazilian Cultural Center, members of Central Iowa’s Brazilian community, and a team of volunteers representing many cultures to create cultural performances and activities which are dedicated to the preservation, education, and appreciation of Brazilian music, dance, theater, and culture.
Live performances by the Brazilian 2wins and Choro Moingona and music throughout the evening curated by DJ Raj.
Dance & Capoeira
Performances by the Brazilian Moves dance company and Fitness Connections showcase many different types of dance from Brazil’s regional cultures.
At the end of the evening, put your dancing shoes on and get ready to Samba! Don’t know how? Don’t worry! A Brazilian dance instructor will be on hand to lead you, your friends, and even your kids through the steps!
The Bumba Meu Boi
A live performance of a folk tale that goes back more than a hundred years and is performed in festivals all over Brazil. Bumba Meu Boi – which roughly translates as “Beat the Bull” – combines elements of storytelling, dance and music, and characters from Brazil’s indigenous peoples and mythology, Portuguese colonists, and slaves who came to Brazil from Africa.
The story begins with a pregnant slave woman named Catirina who has a desperate craving to eat the tongue of the best boi (ox) on the farm. Catirina persuades her husband Pai Francisico to kill the animal. When the deed is discovered, he is sentenced to death by his angry master and escapes to seek refuge with the indigenous people of the forest. With the help of a shaman and the Cazumbas – the magical spirits of the forest – the ox is magically resuscitated and the farm owner is forced to pardon the people’s hero who is reunited with his love.
Discovery Experiences (for Guests of ALL Ages)
Brazilian culture – like culture in the United States –is a mélange of different cultural influences and regional customs. You don’t have to be a kid to explore these cultures through the games and activities at our Discovery Stations:
- Cocar: Make your own cocar – a headdress inspired by the Indigenous culture of northern Brazil.
- Pintura Facial: Get decorated with Face Art inspired by Brazil’s indigenous people and Carnival celebration.
- Bola na Lata: Play a traditional bowling-style game that is popular in the Central region of Brazil.
- Bumba-Meu-Boi: Build your own miniature “bumba-meu-boi” ox in this paper-folding activity similar to Japanese origami.
- Máscara de Carnaval: Get creative and make your own mask, inspired by Brazil’s Carnavil celebration.
- Pescaria: Learn a few words in Portuguese – the national language of Brazil – as you play this “fishing” game from the South region of the country.
Brazilian Light Bites
Get a taste of Brazil by sampling delicious soups, snacks, and treats prepared by local chefs:
- Caldo Verde – Potato Soup with Sausage & Greens
- Sopa de Abóbora e Coco – Coconut Butternut Squash Soup (Vegetarian)
- Baguettes baked by La Mie Bakery
- Pão de Queijo – Brazilian Cheese Bread
- Empanadas –Brazilian Meat Pies
- Grilled Pineapple
- Brigadeiros – National Truffle of Brazil, baked by Samba Cakes & More
- Tropical Fruit Punch
- Cucumber–Dill Infused Water
Tickets are $35 for Adults and $15 for students ages 13 and over. Children under 12 will be admitted free, but please make a reservation for them when you book your tickets. Proceeds from this event go to benefit CultureALL’s K-12 education programs – $20 of each adult ticket is a tax-deductible contribution, so you’ll be doing good while you’re having a great time experiencing Brazilian culture!
Parking & Check-In
Free parking is available in the lot on the west side of Valley High School off 39th Street. Enter through the Main/West Entrance and follow the signs to the check-in. There are no physical tickets to the event, so please check in at the Registration Table when you arrive.
What To Wear
Fun, colorful – but casual – party attire is encouraged. If you want to dance, be sure to wear shoes you’ll be comfortable dancing in!