3 April, 2024

Celebrate Brazilian culture

GET your samba on with the return of the highly successful Cairns Brazilian Carnival for a larger-than-life celebration of Brazilian culture and tradition with an explosion of colours, music and flavour next weekend.

Dancers Vivian Joanna and Pippa Travers-Mason from samba group SambAfro. Picture: SambAfro Facebook
Dancers Vivian Joanna and Pippa Travers-Mason from samba group SambAfro. Picture: SambAfro Facebook

With over 300 participants in its first edition, the Cairns Brazilian Carnival is returning bigger and better on Saturday, April 6 at Cock and Bull on Grove St with an array of renowned Brazilian entertainers and lots of samba. 

“Last year we sold out with a week to go, and this year it looks like we’ll be selling out too,” said carnival organiser Taciano Cavalcante.

“This year we’re keeping it fresh and more inclusive. We have our first ever kids’ carnival starting off at midday until 2pm. We had so many parents asking us to introduce children to the culture, we’re hoping to bring some Brazilian soccer skills demonstrations, we’ll have a sing- a-long with traditional carnival songs, drumming, and more,” he said.

“We have a fantastic schedule for this carnival, we open the night at 6pm with dance classes, we have some of Cairns’ best teachers coming to do some free introductory classes.

“Afterwards we have a group SambAfro, an African-inspired samba group playing live music and dancing and straight after we’ll have an afro Brazilian emerging cultural elder, her name is Rose Genesio and she’ll do an afro Brazilian ceremony of blessing for the evening.

“This year we have an amazing catalogue of live entertainment with group Nossa Roda de Samba a really traditional roots samba playing songs that are well known by the Brazilian community, then we have Sambalicious, the parade with feathered dancers and international artist Marcio Mendes.

“For the first time ever, included with ticket purchase, we’ll have Brazilian treats going around from a Brazilian chef from Palm Cove.

“Having a Cairns Brazilian Carnival has become pivotal, carnival is the one event that all Brazilians flock to, it raises this level of patriotism. I don’t know any Brazilians in Cairns who aren’t striving to make it.” 

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