Brasarte is a non profit educational organization dedicated to preserving the traditional music and dance of Brazil and to promoting cultural exchange between Brazil and the USA.
Brazilian food and bar featuring our famous caipirinhas (Berkeley show only).
Feb 11th (BrasArte in Berkeley)
Feb 12th (Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco).
1901 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley CA, 94702
$35 in advance, $45 @ door.
BrasArte proudly presents the 18th annual Yemanja Arts Festival. Yemanja is mother of salt waters, goddess of the sea, giver of life, and patron of fishermen.
This celebration is rooted in Yoruban traditions carried from West Africa to the Americas. Today it is embraced by migrants and travelers throughout the world who, having crossed the oceans in search of a better life regard Yemanja as their protector. With this festival BrasArte also honors Black History Month as it is believed that Yemanja watched over the Africans during middle passage.
This celebration offers a unique opportunity for healing across cultures and races, a chance to reach out, share and celebrate with each other. Participants will immerse themselves in joyous Brazilian music, dance, food and drinks in a beautifully decorated space filled with baskets, flowers, soaps, perfumes, sea shells, inspired in gifts traditionally offered to Yemanja.
Drummers, musicians, dancers and singers from Brazil and other parts of the African Diaspora will invoke the goddess mother, her healing beauty, and her generous and protective spirit.
Brazilian food and bar featuring our famous caipirinhas (Berkeley show only)
Made possible with support by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts, Berkeley Civic Arts, California Arts Council and Alameda Arts Commission.
Contact: Nicholas Harvey.