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Third annual Festa do Brasil held April 15-17 at Appalachian

BOONE—Festa do Brasil, a three-day celebration of Brazilian culture, will be held April 15-17 at Appalachian State University. Now in its third year, the festival includes a Brazilian film night, dance workshop, capoeira performance and free Brazilian food. All events take place in the Plemmons Student Union and are free and open to the public.

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The festival is hosted by the university and local community.

The festival starts on Wednesday, April 15, from 12:30-2 p.m. with an International Coffee Hour in Whitewater Café in Plemmons Student Union. A free, home-cooked meal of black beans and rice will be served. Information for study abroad trips to Brazil will also be available.

Thursday’s festivities begin at 6 p.m. in Greenbriar Theater with a showing of “City of God,” an award-winning film co-directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund. Adapted from Paulo Lins’s novel by the same name, the film captures the struggles of daily life in Brazil’s most notorious favela. A 30-minute panel discussion led by faculty members from the Department of English will follow the film.

Culminating events take place on Friday, April 17, from 5-9 p.m. in Grandfather Ballroom in Plemmons Student Union. The evening begins with an Afro-Brazilian Dance Workshop followed by a Dance of the Orixás.

The highlight of the festival is a capoeira performance. Rooted in Afro-Brazilian slave culture, capoeira is a martial art that combines dance, acrobatics, singing and music. Mestre Dotour from Philadelphia will lead the performance, which also includes past and present Appalachian students of capoeira. Today capoeira is played throughout the world and recognized as a Brazilian National Treasure.

An authentic Brazilian meal catered by Monezi’s from Greensboro will follow the capoeira event.

For more information on the festival, contact Bruce Dick at 828-262-2873 or Gabrielle Motta-Passajou at 828-262-8598.