9th Annual Samba Fest
Time: 11:24:00 AM - 6:01:00 PM
The 9th annual Samba Fest, an annual family-friendly celebration, takes place in downtown Hartford on:
Admission is free.
PARKING GARAGE OPTIONS: http://hartfordparking.hartford.gov/map2009.htm#
(NOTE: Parking is FREE at metered spaces in Hartford on Weekends!!!
$4 and $5 weekend garage rates are listed at #42, 40 and 38 on map)
This year features the United States debut of the group Meninos de Minas, a group of 14 from a social service project located in Minas Gerais, Brazil. It's an organization that provides youth aged 14-18 with learning musical performance and musical instrument craftsmanship skills as a means to prepare them to enter the workforce. This project provides a compelling conversation about creative ways to deal with urban social issues. I can provide additional information, but here is a link to a brief video from a performance at a music awards concert: http://meninosdeminas.com.br/videos_aberto.php?id_cat=55&&id=45 (NOTE: Meninos de Minas will present a Sneak-Peek Performance on Thursday April 30th at noon on the front steps of the Hartford Public Library)
Here is video footage from the 2014 Samba Fest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfyTILqHqJ0
Additional Samba Fest Artists Include:
The Ivan Vilela Trio from São Paulo, Brazil (Ivan Vilela - 10-string Viola Caipira guitar; Gilberto dos Syllos - electric/acoustic bass; Ari Colares - Brazilian Percussion) Sambeleza Brazilian Jazz (Isabella Mendes - keyboards/vocals; Jeff Fuller - bass; Joe Carter - Guitar; Tim Moran - flute/sax; Ben Biello - drums) Ginga Brasileira (Brazilian dance lessons with Efraim Silva and Thelma Ladeira, featuring Maculelê stick dance; Capoeira Afro-Brazilian martial-art-dance; and samba) Trinity Samba Ensemble, directed by Eric Galm (30-piece Brazilian drumming and singing ensemble) Trinity Steel Band, directed by Curtis Greenidge, GuakiBom Jazz, directed by Ray González (student salsa ensemble) Friendz (West African Drum and Dance) The Hartford Hot Several (joining in noontime parade and roaming the area!)
EVENT TO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON WRTC 89.3 FM (Trinity College Radio) http://www.wrtcfm.com/?p=2762
Additional crafts and activities including mask-making, drum-making, etc. are provided by various Trinity College Student Organizations.
Free Face Painting by Amazing Face Art
Circus Skills training by JuggleJoy
Brazilian Food available by Samba's Food Truck
Here is preliminary publicity for Samba Fest in Brazilian publications:
Brazilian Times (NY/CT/MA/PA):http://www.braziliantimes.com/noticia/11175,cultura,9TH+ANNUAL
Announcement for Thursday 4/30 Hartford Public Library Noontime Preview Performance: http://news.hamlethub.com/hartfordcc/events/1276-get-a-sambafest-sneak-peek-at-the-hartford-public-library
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