On September 4 in the Parc del Fòrum, it's time once again to celebrate Brazil Day with big names in Brazilian music, loads of Brazilian food and an extensive programme of activities based around Brazilian culture.
The headliner of the festival is 'cantautor' and producer Oswaldo Lenine Macedo Pimentel, better known as Lenine, but there are other sure hits too, including established artists such as Roberto Mendes (who will perform along with Munir Hossn) as well as new stars on the curent Brazilian music scene, among them top female singer Verônica Ferriani. You can also enjoy the concert by Caníbal Football Club with their sounds of soul, funk and samba, and the live show from singer, accordion player and actor, Chambinho do Acordeón.
Among the new elements this year are the Brazilian Nights, which are free concerts before the festival kicks off from four Brazilian artists who live and work in Barcelona.
The first concert is Tuesday, August 30, at Guzzo, with a jam session that features special guest Leon Mendes. Wednesday the 31st welcomes rapper Jonas Santana to El Foro. On Thursday, September 1, you can see Jurandir Santana and the Silvio Orrico Cuartet, with guests Ed Moreira and Charly Hinojosa at Ocaña. The Nega Lucas Trio closes out the programme with a concert at the Casa Gracia on Friday, September 2.
As for what's to eat, 13 restaurants that serve up Brazilian cuisine in Barcelona, and five with Latino specialities on their menu will have dishes in the new Comidas do Mundo space during the festival.
You'll also find crowd-pleasing shows like Batucada, represented this year by the Escuela Samba Unidos Barcelona, who play in the style of the big schools of samba in Rio de Janeiro, and the now-traditional capoeira show. And for kids, from noon to 6pm there are workshops, concerts, face-painting and traditional games.
But wait, there's more! From September 8 to 11 in the Girona Cinema, they'll be screening the 3a Muestra de Cine Día de Brasil, a mini film fest with six movies (four fiction and two documentaries). Opening the cycle is 'Boi Neon' ('Neon Bull') from Gabriel Mascaro, and you can also see the documentary 'Ressurgentes', by Dácia Ibiapana, who will make a live appearance. The other documentary is 'Orestes', from Rodrigo Siqueira, which explores the many effects that justice, or the lack of justice, has on society. Rounding out the programme are Sandra Kogut's 'Campo Grande'; 'Para Minha Amada Morta' ('To My Beloved'), directed by Alv Muritiba; and 'Mate-me por favor' ('Kill Me Please'), the first feature-length film from Anita Rocha.