Brasil Summerfest is a music & arts festival launched in July 2011. The festival aims to showcase the richness and diversity of Brazil’s music scene with a special focus on contemporary artists. This includes traditional styles of samba, forro, bossanova, maracatu as well as new emerging ones such as novo-tropicalia, manguebeat, hip hop, indie, baile-funk, among others.
This 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 will present a series of events in New York City in the month of July at high profile venues in including Central Park SummerStage, City Winery, Nublu, Brooklyn Bowl, South Street Seaport, and much more. The 2013 edition will also be introducing a film series which will be co-presented by Cinema Tropical at the New School University.
Shows in the past have included Bebel Gilberto, Marcelo D2, Criolo, Mallu Magalhaes, Luisa Maita, Forro in the Dark and many more. This year, the festival is continuing to present high level performances by artists like Seu Jorge, Planet Hemp, Gaby Amarantos, Emicida, Tulipa Ruiz. The Summerstage shows have been one of the highest attended shows of the past two seasons and the City Winery Outdoor show was the most attended of the season. The New York Times called it “a new entry in the city’s summer music festivals… staking out new ground focusing on some under appreciated genres and less familiar names.”
Festival Director / Music Programmer
Music Programmer / Film Programmer
Mary Jane Marcasiano