BrasArte offers a variety of authentic and traditional annual Brazilian festivals.
Inspired by the original Festa de Yemanjá celebrated in Bahia, Brazil, and the resilience of African spiritual practices across the americas, the Yemanjá Arts Festival brings together master artists and young faces from across the Bay Area, Brazil and Cuba.
San Francisco Carnaval
Ginga Brasil is one of the earliest SF Carnaval Comparsas and has been parading consistently for 32 years! Bloco Ginga Brasil began as a vision from our founder Conceicao Damasceno to bring the Carnaval rhythms and dances of her native Bahia, Brasil to the Bay Area.
SF Bay Brazilian Day & Lavagem Festival
The annual Lavagem Festival is the highlight of BrasArte’s calendar. Brought about by the vision of founder Conceicao Damasceno to recreate the annual Lavagem de Bonfim Festival held in her home town of Salvador Bahia. Now in its 19th year this annual street festival features a procession and cleansing ceremony followed by a day long music and dance party.
Since 2000, our weekly youth programming, and cultural immersion camp (Camp Ere), has introduced thousands of Bay Area children to Brazilian arts and culture. Our extensive scholarship program (over 50% of attendees receive some level of financial aid) has created an inclusive opportunity for youth in the Bay Area.
BrasArte is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization. Our mission is to preserve Brazilian culture through dance, music, culture, and connection.
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