11th Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval “Cultural”

The Annual Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval “Cultural” celebrates its 11st year and the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. This year they bring a special homage to their former “Carnaval Queens” and the new 2014 Queen, choreographer Jonia McClenney, from Raiz Brazil Dance Company.

The rich culture of Brazil, the biggest and only country south of the border to speak Portuguese, is knew for its spectacular “Carnaval”, charismatic and festive people, beautiful beach and magic soccer! This year in special, as the next FIFA World Cup will be held in eight cities in Brazil; we will have the “World Cup 2014” as our Carnaval theme and include a free lecture about Brazil host cities and a documentary film screening regarding the Brazil’s Soccer Passion.

The kick off of the 11th Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval “Cultural” is Friday, Feb 28th at 9.30pm ($15 at the door) featuring the best samba & pagode group in the U.S West Coast, Brasilidade Band; the moves and acrobatics of Capoeira Sul da Bahia group and the announcement and show of the new “Carnaval Queen” 2014, top sambista and choreographer from Raiz Brazil Dance Company, Jonia McClenney.

The event series continues on the next day, Saturday, March 1st, still in the morning with the “Brazilian Taste Experience” (starting 11.30am) where the public will have the opportunity to enjoy the authentic and most traditional Brazilian dish – Feijoada (black bean with cured beef and pork, smoked sausage and bacon, served with collard greens, garlic rice, farofa and orange slices). At noon * there will be a workshop of Capoeira (Brazilian Martial Art) for all levels with Contra-Mestre Cruz and at 2pm * the Samba Workshop with the award winning dancer Vanessa Isaac. At 3pm, have the experience of “Rio’s Samba School Beat” (Free) with the drummers of Santa Barbara Samba School leader by professor Matt from UCSB. To finish the afternoon activities, at 4pm, join (Free) the “Lecture & Film” - have valuable information about travel to Brazil and tip for the FIFA World Cup 2014 + the Documentary screening of “Ginga: Brazil’s Magic Soccer”. *OBS / Call the Brazil Arts Café for the workshops and feijoada prices or our hotline (805)245-5615.

The event series end on the night of Saturday, March 1st ($15 at the door) with the Afro-Brazilian rhythms of multi-talented artists Mariano Silva and his groups Prakatar (acoustic) and Bella Bahia (all female drummers), special guest musicians, Capoeira Batuque SB, DJ Christine Di Stefano (former KCSB host/DJ), and Samba Dancers – with the participation of former Santa Barbara Carnaval Queens Jennifer Parker (2011), Kafi Bella (2012) and Carmen Carrasco (2013).

The Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval “Cultural” is presented by Contemporanea Instruments of Brazil, Univision Latino Broadcast/Channel 38 and Soul Brasil magazine. Community Sponsors includes Capoeira Sul da Bahia/SB, Capoeira Batuque/SB, Santa Barbara Samba School, Brazil Arts Café, Magali Travel Services, Juiceology Powerful Juices, KCSB Radio and Kisuccess Publishing & Marketing. The new home for the Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval 2014 is the new Brazil Arts Café & Studio, located at 1230 State St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101.

Calendar Format – Three Event Series Listing

Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval “Cultural” – Event 1

Day: Fri, Feb 28th

Time: 9.30pm

Location: Brazil Arts Café & Studio

Address: 1230 State St #C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Contact Phone: (805)245-5615

Featuring: Brasilidade Band (Samba & Pagode), Capoeira Sul da Bahia, and the announcement of the new Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval Queen 2014 - Jonia McClenney, and her choreographed show.

Price: $15 at the door

Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval “Cultural” – Event 2

Day: Sat, Feb 1st

Time: Starting 11.30am up to 5pm

Location: Brazil Arts Café & Studio

Address: 1230 State St #C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Contact Phone: (805)245-5615

Capoeira Workshop (Noon/Paid), Samba Workshop (2pm/Paid), Rio’s Style Samba School Instrumental Demo (3pm - Free), Lecture & Film Screening (4pm - Free) - Travel Smart to Brazil + Tip to the FIFA World Cup 2014 _ the Documentary screeing “Ginga; Brazil’s Magic Soccer”. * Please Note that the “Brazilian Food Experience: Feijoada” will be available from 11.30am to 5pm. For workshops and feijoada prices call the Brazil Arts Cafe at (805) 845-7656.

Santa Barbara Brazilian Carnaval “Cultural” – Event 3

Day: Sat, Feb 1st

Time: 9.30pm

Location: Brazil Arts Café & Studio

Address: 1230 State St #C, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Contact Phone: (805)245-5615

Price: $15 at the door.

Featuring: Mariano Silva and his groups Prakantar Band (acoustic) and Bella Bahia (all female drummers), guest musicians, capoeira batuque, DJ Christine Di Stefano (former UCSB radio host) and feather samba dancers (including the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Carnaval Queens)

Additional Resources

Can be found on the top of the page “News Room” in our website

Carnaval “Bloco” (Group) / At Summer Solstice Parade

To have a chance to participate in the most energetic and fun group of the Santa Barbara Solstice Parade – the “Carnaval” bloco, leader by the dancer/choreographer/percussionist/capoeirista Mariano Silva, contact us by phone (805)245-5615 or email: To check the video with the highlights of the “Carnaval” bloco during the Solstice Parade in 2012, go here:

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