The 11th annual South Florida Brazilian Festival returns to Snyder Park in downtown Fort Lauderdale Oct. 8 and 9, 2022. This much anticipated event will showcase some of Latin America’s biggest stars, including Latin Grammy-winning Samba group Fundo de Quintal, two Latin Grammy-nominated artists, Brazilian pop-rock icon Vitor Kley, and Brazilian Reggae group Maneva, and Pagode diva, Karinah.
The two-day festival is one of the Southeast region’s longest-running and largest multicultural festivals. For eleven years, the Festival has gathered crowds in the thousands and aimed to promote a message of global unity and environmental responsibility. This year’s festival is themed “Love Letter to the Amazon Forest” and will both honor and promote the well-being of one of the world’s most important and biologically diverse natural ecosystems. The Amazon, which has seen a recent surge in devastating wildfires and deforestation, plays a critical role in regulating the world’s oxygen and carbon cycles.
Performing on the main stage Saturday, Oct. 8 will be Vitor Kley whose song “A Tal Canção pra Lua” was nominated for a 2020 Latin Grammy for “Best Song in the Portuguese Language.” And just last year, his album Bolha was nominated for “Best Contemporary Pop Album in Portuguese Language.” The pop-rock artist’s hit song “O Sol” has more than 265 million views on YouTube, and his 2018 album Adrenalizou received platinum certification in Brazil for more than 80,000 copies sold.
Also performing Saturday will be Maneva, a five-piece reggae band from São Paulo. They have been performing together for almost two decades. Named after the African word for “pleasure,” the band’s smooth vibes have pleasured ears around the globe, earning the band a Latin Grammy nomination for their song “Lágrimas de Alegria.” Maneva will be performing songs to promote the recent release of their
album “Tudo Vira Reggae,” which was also transformed into a profound audiovisual project promoting social change and global unity called “Mundo Novo.” Maneva’s music has become a voice for global activism.
What we have experienced in recent years has been a watershed for humanity and it is important to be aware of how much we still need to evolve,” said Tales de Polli, vocalist of Maneva, translated from a Portuguese press interview. “For the new to come, the old must exist and learn from mistakes, merge past and present to project the future, not only wishing, but making it happen. ‘Mundo Novo’ talks about that moment and also tells our own story. It’s been 17 years on the road, believing in a dream, planting seeds
and writing unforgettable chapters of our lives.”
On Sunday, two of the biggest names in Samba will take the Festival’s main stage. The iconic samba group Fundo de Quintal is celebrating 45 years together as a band. The seven-member group is known as the forefather and innovator of Pagode, a style of Samba that incorporates unique instruments such as the tan-tan, hand-repique and banjo. The group won a 2015 Latin Grammy Award for best Samba/Pagode album, and in 2016 was nominated again in the same category. They have exceeded 10 million streams on digital platforms and have recorded 22 studio albums and 10 live albums.
Pagode diva singer Karinah will also perform Sunday. The stunning singer with superstar flair was the first singer to lead the Beija Flor Samba School at Rio Carnival in 2022, and has successful partnerships with singer Alcione, Belo, Mumuzinho and Dudu Nobre,
among other names in Samba and Pagode in Brazil.
In addition to the Festival’s centerpiece music stage, the Festival will feature global cuisine from a range of local restaurants, dozens of exhibitors, a kids zone, foot volley tournament, art displays and dance performances. A carnival parade with percussion and samba dancers will take place Saturday at 4pm.
For 11 years, the festival has opened its doors to the public to experience our culture through art, music, cuisine and business,” said festival founder and organizer, Luciano Sameli. “Attending the festival supports local artists and businesses. The festival has already helped more than 2,500 small businesses.”
In 2019 the Annual Brazilian Festival invested $232,000 in Brazilian suppliers, contractors and labor. In eight years, the festival provided 3,200 temporary indirect jobs, generated more than $40,000 for local institutions, contracted services from approximately 267 local businesses, helped more than 2,100 local exhibitors with brand exposure and generated more than $800,000 for local food vendors.
In 2020, at a time with the pandemic was taking its toll on small businesses, artists and musicians, the 9th Annual Brazilian Festival was held with the sole intent to provide financial assistance to more than 75 local and out-of-state artists, and 65 professionals in culture, art and entertainment. The Festival complied with all safety protocols required by health authorities. In 2021, the Brazilian Festival celebrated 10 years, moving the Festival to a new location on Fort Lauderdale Beach and breaking record sales in food spaces.
Tickets can be purchased, in advance, online for $20 (General Admission) at BrazilianFestival.org.
VIP Tickets can be purchase, in advance, for $80. VIP ticket holders get access to a reserved area with a dedicated cocktail bar, located in front of the Main Stage. (Beverages not included)
Kids under the age of 12 are free.
The festival will take place from 12Pm to 11 Pm on Oct. 8 & 9 at Snyder Park at 3299 S.W. 4th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.
Free Parking and VIP Parking are both located at the Park.
For more information, visit us at www.brazilianfestival.org or call (305) 803- 0338.