The Brazilian Center For Cultural Exchange of Sacramento is hosting its 10th Brazilian Carnaval September 18 from 4-11 p.m.

The event will take place at the Clara Studio, 2420 N. Street in Sacramento.

Brazilian food, drinks, vendors and art will be available.

Africa is a major influence of Brazilian culture as the Portuguese brought slaves to Brazil in the 1500’s.  The rich African culture of music, dance, martial arts, and food is what Africans brought to Brazil, formerly a colony of Portugal.

As the culture grew, the Portuguese took advantage of the beautiful African women and created a new race called, “CABOCLO,” says Saara Burga, CEO of the Brazilian Center for Cultural Exchange of Sacramento.  “No one could stay away from the Black men in Brazil so today Brazil is a mix of African, Brazilian, Indian, and Portuguese and is mostly 80% Black,” Burga continued.

At Carnival, there will be an exhibition of Somba del Roda (Somba) where the women encircle the men and dance with their feet chained together and taking tiny dance steps.  The circle was a way to hide the men who were performing ‘capoeira’ which is Brazilian martial arts that they used to fight their oppressors and to obtain freedom.

Tickets to the event are $20.

Burga invites everyone to come to Carnival on Saturday, September 18, 2021 and enjoy the rich combination of AFRICAN, Portuguese, Indian, and Brazilian flavors of art, music, food, and culture.