Brazilian NYC is mostly in Little Brazil; Astoria, Queens; and Newark, New Jersey. The United Nations was designed by a Brazilian. New York City’s big Brazilian festivals are Brazilian Day and Brasil Summerfest.
Brazilian Festivals in NYC
Brazilian Day on Labor Day Weekend and Brasil SummerFest in July or August are New York City’s big Brazilian festivals.
Sunday, September 1, 2019 LITTLE BRAZIL, NYC ~ Celebrate Brazilian Independence with food, drink, live music and lots of Brazilians on Sixth Avenue at 46th St.
Saturday, August 3, 2019 BUSHWICK, Brooklyn ~ Brasil SummerFest closes another great season with Baile Funk, the party music of Rio favelas. Batekoo, Omulu and Marginal Men will make da bunda (bootie) shake at Elsewhere Rooftop.
Sunday, July 21, 2019 LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC ~ Brazilian food, drinks, music, artisanal products and fun. Free and for all ages. Legal!
Fri-Sat, July 12-13, 2019 DOWNTOWN, Brooklyn
FLATIRON, UNION SQUARE, EAST VILLAGE, NYC | Sat, May 18, 2019 | Dance parade & festival | African, Bolivian, Brazilian, Cuban, Dominican, Ecuadorian, Mexican, Panamanian, Puerto Rican & Spanish dances
LINCOLN CENTER; Wed-Sat, Apr 17-20, 2019; Ballet dance audition ~ The best ballet shows in NYC are the Finals, Gala Performance & International Dance School Festival
A few legends and a new crop of the year’s best Brazilian music. Multiple Venues in Manhattan & Brooklyn July 29 – August 12, 2018
Madison Square Garden Chelsea, Manhattan Friday – Sunday January 5-7, 2018
Brazilian New York City
Manhattan’s Little Brazil is on 46th St between Fifth & Sixth Avenue. It has shrunk a lot over the years. There are still Emporium Brasil, Ipanema and Via Brasil restaurants.
New York’s main Brazilian communities are now in Astoria, Queens and Newark, New Jersey.
The Brazilian Consulate is in Midtown East. There is a Banco do Brasil Brazilian bank in Midtown.
Fogo de Chao and Churrascaria Plataforma are Manhattan’s Brazilian steakhouses. Rio Market in Astoria, Queens is a great Brazilian market.
Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer was the lead designer of the United Nations headquarters. He also designed Brasilia, the Brazilian capital.
The Bossa Nova at Carnegie Hall concert in 1962 popularized bossa nova around the world.
Monday-Friday MURRAY HILL, NYC
EAST VILLAGE, Nightly, Wed Nublu Classic Brazilian night ~ Late night underground experimental world jazz clubs. Young and fun without attitude.
ASTORIA, Queens This Brazilian supermarket in the “Little Brazil” section of Queens is a center of NYC’s Brazilian community
Brazilian New Yorkers
João De Matos hosts the Brazilian Day festival. Renowned artist Vik Muniz splits his time between New York City and Brazil. Dance Theatre of Harlem has some wonderful Brazilian dancers. Forro in the Dark is a great Brazilian club forro band. Bossa nova singer Bebel Gilberto splits her time between New York and the world. Geova makes incredible handmade fashion in the East Village. Marguerita Bornstein is a famous Brazilian illustrator and cartoonist living in Brooklyn.
Can you believe we are blessed with two Brazilian women’s drum corps? Fogo Azul NYC is a samba drum line. Batalá New York is a samba reggae drum line.
Friday, March 19, 2021 🇧🇷 🇺🇸 São Paulo, Brazil March 19, 1960 -Original SponsorJazz at Lincoln Center
October 2019 NUBLU East Village, NYC
Tue-Sat, Oct 10-Nov 16, 2019 CHELSEA, NYC ~ Like a phoenix, the renowned Brazilian sculptor and photographer recreates objects lost in the Brazilian National Museum fire, from their own ashes at Sikkema Jenkins
Wed-Sat, Apr 10, 12, 13, 2019 MIDTOWN, NYC ~ New York City’s African-American classical ballet company honors founder Arthur Mitchell (1934-2018) at New York City Center
July 14 – October 1, 2017 WHITNEY MUSEUM Greenwich Village, NYC
The Brazilian opera singer and American Jazz singer reprise the collaborations of Frank Sinatra and Antônio Carlos Jobim Sheen Center Fri, June 10, 2016 at 8pm
The Brazilian World
Many amazing Brazilian artists visit New York City. The New York Cosmos soccer team peaked when Pelé played for them in 1975-77.
Carmen Miranda popularized samba worldwide from the 1930s to the 1950s. People laugh at her fruit hat and silly image, but at her peak she was laughing all the way to the bank as the the highest paid woman in Hollywood. People came to resent her image, but perhaps we shouldn’t blame her for making the best of the limitations that were put on Latin women in that era. She was a pioneer in a tough time.
Brazil has important modern artists including Lygia Clark, Lygia Pape, Tarsila do Amaral and Hélio Oiticica. As their careers developed, they all seemed to use their fame to promote social justice. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection is one of the most important Brazilian art collections.
Saturday, June 26, 2021 SALVADOR, Bahía, Brazil ~ June 26, 1942
Friday, August 7, 2020 SANTO AMARO, Bahia, Brazil August 7, 1942
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 PROSPECT HEIGHTS, Brooklyn ~ The child and teen stars, among the most popular Brazilian singers ever, celebrate their 30th Anniversary of television with a Nossa História Tour at Barclays Center
Thursday, January 16, 2020 The Town Hall MIDTOWN, NYC The Brazilian samba star and actor visits with a friend. Anat Cohen & Choro Aventuroso open.
Thursday, August 1, 2019 LINCOLN CENTER ~ The multi-talented, Latin Grammy-winning Brazilian singer-songwriter of MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) plays a free acoustic concert at the David Rubenstein Atrium
Saturday, July 27, 2019 CENTRAL PARK, NYC ~ One of the elders of MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) brings the sounds of Pernambuco in Northeast Brazil to Brasil SummerFest at Central Park SummerStage
Three artists from Bahia showcase the rich variety of Brazilian music. Brasil Summerfest Central Park SummerStage Rumsey Playfield Sunday, August 5, 2018 FREE
This Brazilian collection is a like a good museum of modern, post-war and contemporary art. MUST SEE Hauser & Wirth Chelsea, Manhattan Tuesday – Saturday April 26 – July 27, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 PIONEER WORKS Red Hook, Brooklyn
Chelsea, Manhattan Tuesday – Saturday March 8 – April 14, 2018
Tarsila was deeply engaged in the 1920s Paris Cubist art scene. Back home she created a modernism that could only be Brazilian. Then she evolved a social consciousness that is a hallmark of the great Brazilian artists of the 20th century. MoMA in Midtown, Manhattan Daily February 11 – June 3, 2018
Sapar Contemporary Tribeca, Manhattan September 29 – November 5, 2017
Friedman Benda 515 West 26th St, Chelsea September 7 – October 14, 2017
Saturday, August 5, 2017 CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE – Sponsored by Red Bull Music Academy
Saturday, April 29, 2017 92ND STREET Y Upper East Side, Manhattan
Kuwait is at Sundaram Tagore Gallery Chelsea, Mar 30-Apr 29. Genesis is at the dealer’s Madison Avenue gallery, Apr 1-29, 2017.
March 21 – July 23, 2017 MET BREUER: Upper East Side, NYC
INTERVIEW ~ The living legend debuts “4 x Bibi” with the best of Piaf, Rodrigues, Gardel, and Sinatra at Symphony Space September 20 & 23, 2016
One of Brazil’s great romantic bossa nova singers Blue Note Jazz Club Greenwich Village, Manhattan June 6 – 8, 2016
One of Latin America’s major dance companies makes its Joyce debut. Joyce Theater Tuesday – Sunday May 3 – 8, 2016
January 14 – February 27, 2016 THROCKMORTON FINE ART Midtown East, NYC
BALLET HISPÁNICO, UPPER WEST SIDE, November 10, 2015 ~ International Brazilian choreographer Fernando Melo discusses his “Untitled” World Premiere for Ballet Hispanico at the Apollo Theater
EDELMAN ARTS, UPPER EAST SIDE, May 29-July 13, 2013 ~ Paulo Laport’s paintings are like a crystal ball. At a glance it’s just a piece of glass, but when you stop and look inside, images appear like magic. #BRAZILIAN #ARTIST
An interview with Rodrigo Santoro on his latest film, Heleno, a powerful human drama about the passion, decadence and destruction of Heleno de Freitas.
A film about the passion, decadence and destruction of the first global sports star, Brazilian footballer Heleno de Freitas, opens December 7.
Churrascaria is a Brazilian grilled steak tradition. Southern Brazil has gaucho culture. Feijoada is traditional Brazilian stew.
There is so much great Brazilian music. Samba and Pagode are from Bahia. Choro is a form of Carnival music. New Orleans jazz sounds like choro. Bossa nova is the samba-jazz fusion of the 1960s that blended with rock into MPB, Música popular brasileira (Brazilian pop). Sertanejo is the Brazilian country music that is among the most popular music in Brazil now. Forró is a country dance music. Baile funk is an urban music out of the rio favelas. Brazil has strong classical music and opera traditions. Heitor Villa-Lobos is a famous classical composer.
Capoeria is a beautiful martial arts dance with an African heritage. Brazil makes great telenovelas and movies.
Candomblé is an Orisha faith with an African heritage.
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Fri-Tue, February 12-16, 2021 Saturday, February 20, 2021 RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
Saturday, June 12, 2021 BRAZIL and the diaspora
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 JUNE 23
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 LITTLE BRAZIL, Midtown, NYC 🇧🇷 SÃO PAULO, Brazil September 7, 1821