Brasil Fest Brno as a sampler of the Carnival in Rio

25 February 2020, 2:00
Brasil Fest Brno as a sampler of the Carnival in Rio

Brasil Fest Brno will celebrate one hundred years of the existence of Czech-Brazilian relations. The  celebrations will justifiably take place in Brno, with which two Czechs are linked, who were the only ones who managed to qualify for the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro as performers. They are dancers Veronika Lálová and musician Jakub Škrha. The festival will begin with a procession, and then it will continue with concerts and thematic workshops.

The Latin American carnival can be understood as an analogue of our fašank or masopust, which are Slavic forms of a carnival. “Brazilian carnivals and festivals routinely enliven the streets of cities in neighbouring countries. I am pleased by the fact that we will experience this atmosphere for the first time in the Czech Republic, and specifically in the centre of Brno. According to official statistics, there are over two hundred Brazilians living in this city and I strongly believe that most of them will be actively involved in the Brasil Fest," says Marek Fišer, Councillor  of the City of Brno in charge of Culture. Brasil Fest Brno will take place from 12 to 14 June 2020.

On Friday 12 June, the festival will be launched with a procession that will lead from Moravské náměstí Square to Zelný trh (The Cabbage Market) and to the courtyard of the Old City Hall, where an after party with Brazilian thematics will be prepared. Already on Thursday evening it will be possible to visit the open-air cinema, which will be screening thematically. On Saturday 13 June, live concerts and tasting of characteristic specialties will take place from the morning to the evening. At the end of the weekend, on Sunday 14 June, the programme will be moved to the Lužánky Park, where participants will be able to experience some of Brazilian arts and traditions in workshops. When your life performance begins in Rio, the largest carnival in the world, you cannot be surprised enough at how powerful it is. The stadium is crowded with people, there are tens of thousands of them and everyone is chanting, screaming, applauding, cheering and singing along with you. The atmosphere perhaps cannot be replicated, but at least we want to get somewhat closer to it and make  our festival  really vibrant in Brno,” adds Jakub Škrha. The whole programme of the first Brazilian festival in the Czech Republic is free of charge.

Veronika Lálová / photo from FB of the dancer

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