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Bringing Bahian music, art, dance, film, and food to Washington DC



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;

Afro-Brazilian dance and drumming performances and workshops by Mestre Amen (one of the most famous and well-respected capoeira masters in the world, a master percussionist and the star of the Hollywood movies, “Only the Strong” and “Kickboxer IV”); and Rosangela Silvestre, world renowned dancer and choreographer; A Brazilian cooking presentation and tasting with Sonia Pessoa, Registered Dietitian and native of Bahia, Brazil;

Caipirinha tasting by Zen cachaça;

An International Afro dance party ;

A Closing cerimony with performnace by all guests.

Events will take place at the Frank D. Reeves Center, Georgetown University, Bossa Bistro and Lounge,   Fur night club, Church of the Pilgrims, Marrakesh restaurant, the International Capoeira Angola Foundation, and Church of All Souls.  Most events will be free to the public.

Festival Afro-Bahia is presented by AbracoDC and Sambart  Entertainment with support from the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, DC, Levantamos organization and the Washington, DC Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA).

For more information and an updated schedule of events, please visit: and

Tentative Festival Schedule

“Festival Afro-Bahia will honor and celebrate the resilience of millions of Africans who created a unique form of racial expression and cultural diversity in Bahia.  They transformed their oppression into art, their cries into lyrics, their hunger into culinary art, and the power of their hands into the sounds of instruments.” – Sonia Pessoa, President of Abraco and Festival founder

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Documentary Film Screening of film “Blacks in South America” ( segment about Brazil)

Location: Georgetown University  Program room , Leavey Center  3800 Reservoir Road,  NW Washington, DC

Open to the public free of charge

The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Opening Celebration

6:30PM -9:00PM

Location: Frank D. Reeves Center

2000 14th Street NW  Washington,  DC 20009

Open to the public free of charge

The opening celebration kicks off the festival with performances from diverse Afro Brazilian, Afro Latinos and  capoeira along with live Brazilian drumming.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

ZEN® Cachaça Tasting and Caipirinha making Demonstration


Location: Bossa Bistro and Lounge

2463 18th Street NW  Washington, DC 20009

Suggested donation: $5

You are invited to complimentary cachaça tasting and caipirinha making demonstration by ZEN® Cachaça.  Cachaça, pronounced (ka-SHAH-sa), is a Brazilian spirit made from fermented and distilled cane juice.  Learn to make caipirinhas, Brazil’s national cocktail, made from a blend of cachaça, lime, and sugar and caipifrutas a mix of Cachaça, sugar and tropical fruits. In addition to free cachaça tastings, there will be special discounts on Brazilian cocktails and Brazilian tapas throughout the night.

Samba-de-Roda  and samba reggae Jam  


Location: Bossa Bistro and Lounge

Cost: $5

Come out for a jam session with accomplished music styles of the African Diaspora including: Samba Reggae, Jamaican Reggae and samba-de –Roda do Recôncavo Bahiano.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Dance and Capoeira workshops prices $15 single $80 full package from Thu -Sat

Location: ICAF

733 Euclid Street NW Washington, DC 20001

11:00pm- 4:00 pm

Church of the philgrim 2201 P street, NW

(The workshop schedule can be founded at

Taste of Brazil & Exhibition


Location: Church of the Philgrims

2201 P Street NW Washington, DC 20037

Cost: $35 includes a pass for the International Afro night

Experience the tastes of Bahia, including the typical foods from local festivities such as the Saint John Festival, and the rich Afro-Bahia  gastronomy With her culinary expertise, Sonia Pessoa, a Registered Dietitian and native of Bahia, will take you to her homeland with African influenced flavored dishes, cooked with dendê (palm oil), malagueta peppers, coconut milk, and rich Bahian spices.

International Afro dance party


Location: Marrakesh restaurant

2147  P Street NW Washington, DC 20037

Cost: Free with Taste of Bahia pass,  $5 without pass

Saturday, June 15, 2011

Locations:  ICAF & Church of the Philgrims

Dance, Drumming and Capoeira workshops

10:00AM- 6:30PM   prices $15 single $80 full package from Thu -Sat

( The workshop schedule  can be found at

Tonho Materia’s Concert

10:00PM-2:30 AM

Location: FUR Night Club

33 Petterson St. NE  Washington ,DC 20002

Cost: $15 before 11 pm, $20 after 11Pm

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Closing ceremony  ICAF


Capoeira Angola Documentary ,dance and drumming workshops;


Performance by Guests

Location : church of All Souls Church  1500 Harvard  St. NW, Washington, DC

Open to the public and free of charge



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