Since its inception in 2011, Brasil Summerfest has become the largest and most important music & arts event outside of Brazil focusing on the richness and diversity of Brazil’s music culture. The festival aims to showcase the various styles of music including traditional styles but with a special focus on contemporary artists. Recently, Brasil Summerfest has expanded to include art and film screenings in various venues.
The weeklong festival was founded and programmed by Petrit Pula, the GM of Nublu, the club and record label outpost in the East Village, and co-programmed by Erika Elliott, the Artistic Director at Central Park SummerStage and Béco Dranoff. Each year, the festival presents a series of events in New York City in the month of July at high profile venues. Venues have included Central Park SummerStage, MoMA, City Winery, Blue Note, South Street Seaport, Joe’s Pub and many more.
Past performances have included Seu Jorge, Bebel Gilberto, Marcelo D2, Criolo, Mallu Magalhães, Emicida, Gaby Amarantos, and many more. Brasil Summerfest’s mission is to continue to push boundaries and introduce Brazil’s sounds, colors and high quality entertainment to the wide New York public and beyond.
Festival Director / Music Programmer
Music Programmer / Film Programmer
Mary Jane Marcasiano
Head of Design