Brazilian NYC is a blend of Indigenous, Portuguese, African and Asian cultures. African descent is the majority.
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The Brasil Summerfest music and arts festival presents Luan Barbosa’s Roda De Samba, Batalá NY, DJ Greg Caz and visual art by Alice Quaresma outdoors at the DUMBO Archway in DUMBO, Brooklyn at 6pm. From $17 brasilsummerfest.com
The Brasil Summerfest music and arts festival presents music by Forrobodó, Lívia Nestrovski & Fred Ferreira, with visual art by Chiara Banfi outdoors at the DUMBO Archway in DUMBO, Brooklyn at 6pm. From $17 brasilsummerfest.com
GREELEY SQUARE PLAZA
(near Herald Square)
Tuesdays to August 31
FREE with pre-registration
Thursdays to August 5, 2021
FREE with pre-registration
PBS WNET THIRTEEN
Streaming July 9 – August 6, 2021
Sunday, August 8, 2021, 7pm
June 17 to September 21, 2021
July 16 – August 13, 2021
Monday, July 12, 2021
July 19 – August 22, 2021
Brazilian Festivals NYC
New York City’s big Brazilian festivals are Brasil Summerfest in late July and August and Brazilian Day on Labor Day Weekend.
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 7pm
Friday-Saturday, July 9-10, 2021, 6pm
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.
Brazilian New York City
Brazilian New York City is mostly in Little Brazil, Manhattan; Astoria, Queens; and Newark, New Jersey.
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.
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.
MURRAY HILL, NYC
EAST VILLAGE, Nightly, Wed Nublu Classic Brazilian night ~ Late night underground experimental world jazz clubs. Young and fun without attitude.
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. He has tile art installations at the (Q) 72nd St station. He is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co. 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.
Saturday, March 19, 2022 🇧🇷
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
Greenwich Village, NYC
The Brazilian opera singer and American Jazz singer reprise the collaborations of Frank Sinatra and Antônio Carlos Jobim
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.
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Sunday, June 26, 2022
May 25, 2021
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
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.
Central Park SummerStage
Sunday, August 5, 2018
This Brazilian collection is a like a good museum of modern, post-war and contemporary art.
Hauser & Wirth
Tuesday – Saturday
April 26 – July 27, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Red Hook, Brooklyn
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
February 11 – June 3, 2018
September 29 – November 5, 2017
515 West 26th St, Chelsea
September 7 – October 14, 2017
CENTRAL PARK SUMMERSTAGE | Saturday, August 5, 2017
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.
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.
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.
LITTLE BRAZIL, Midtown, NYC 🇧🇷 Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Friday, October 1, 2021
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL🇧🇷🪘🪘🪘February 25 – March 5, 2022
Sunday, May 8, 2022