Free Live Performance at Arsht Center’s Family Fest Exploring Brazil 1/15/11

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Presents
Free Family Fest: Exploring Brazil
Adrienne Arsht Center – Parker & Vann Thomson Plaza
1300 Biscayne Blvd., Downtown Miami, 33132
Free Parking until 12:00pm in LOT C
January 15, 2011 @ 11:30am

A Free Outdoor Event!
11:30am: Samba Academy
12:10pm: Brazilian Voices featuring Brazilian Voices Kids
12:45pm: Capoeira Luanda
2:00pm: Balé Folclórico da Bahia, a free performance on the Knight Concert Hall stage

The Adrienne Arsht Center presents FAMILY FEST, a FREE day of family-friendly out-of-door activities and performances! Families will enjoy a fun-filled day full of music, dancing, hands-on demonstrations, and mini-workshops – giving children a “hands-on” introduction to the performing arts.

This weekends’ Family Fest theme will EXPLORE BRAZIL – famlies will experience a spectacular display of color, movement, and music, as a Brazilian troupe of dancers, musicians, and singers performs slave dances, capoeira, samba, and carnival dances of African origins. A FREE performance of Balé Folclórico da Bahia will take place in the Knight Concert Hall immediately following the Family Fest activities.

Visual highlights include: hundreds of families & children taking part in make-and-take crafts, dramatic story telling, face-painting by professional stage makeup artist, and a variety of kid-centered workshops (11:30 – 1:00pm).
· Samba Academy: a pulse-pounding showcase of music and sound
· Brazilian Voices / Brazilian Voices Kids: a female vocal group with 50 women and 50 children, singing unique interpretations of samba, jazz, and bossa nova
· Capoeira Luanda: a local capoeira performance group, combines African-Brazilian martial art with North American modern dance in a visually stunning performance of dare-devil acrobatics
· Balé Folclórico da Bahia: a Brazilian troupe of performers ignites the state with folkloric dances of African origin, including slave dances, capoeira, samba and carnival-inspired dances.