Maracatu: Celebration from Brazil to Bloomington
Be part of bringing Brazil to Bloomington! Our 2018 visual arts project focuses on Maracatu, a 400-year old Afro-Brazilian parading tradition with origins in the northeastern city of Recife. Highlighting different strands of history and promoting community diversity, Maracatu acts as an expression of creativity and inclusivity, mirroring social concerns that are significant to society today.
“Celebrations from Brazil to Bloomington,” led by artist and ethnomusicologist Dr. Colleen Haas, will offer FREE, all-ages activity stations and workshops throughout Festival weekend, including at Lotus in the Park and in the Festival Arts Village. Participants will have opportunities to design, create, and use percussion instruments like those commonly played at Maracatu Carnival festivities…and then join Dr. Haas (and local group Women of Mass Percussion) to learn Maracatu rhythms and perform as a community.
This project is supported in part by the City of Bloomington Arts Commission’s Arts Project Grant Program.