If you close your eyes near the planetarium in Palermo this Saturday, you might think you’re standing on the Rua São Bento in São Paulo or the beaches of Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro. That’s because the city of Buenos Aires will be celebrating Brazilian culture with an artisanal craft fair and a parade featuring samba dancers and batucada performers, among other free activities.
Singer and guitarist Lucas Soledade will kick off the festivities with a performance at 11 a.m. in Plaza Facundo Quiroga, followed by a masterclass in Brazilian rhythms from more than 20 professors. To close, the group Brazil Latin Music will serenade attendees with samba and pagode classics, past and present.
The event will run until 7 p.m. or until your legs finally give out from exhaustion if you’re dancing. Forró, frevo, lambada, samba, and axé are just some of the different styles and rhythms that will be on display.
Those planning on staying for the afternoon won’t have to worry about lunch as there will be an assortment of food stands serving authentic Brazilian cuisine. Dishes on offer include feijoada (a bean-based stew with pork or beef), acarajé (a kind of black-bean fritter with cashews and prawns), coxinhas (fried dough filled with shredded chicken), and moqueca (a seafood stew typically made with shrimp or fish). Vegan, vegetarian, and celiac options will be available as well, per the city government’s website.
Bilateral relations between Argentina and Brazil stretch back centuries. In fact, they were the first countries to recognize each other’s independence in 1821 and 1823, respectively.
Today, they are two of the largest trade partners in the region and key geopolitical allies. Earlier this year, the Argentine government announced that it would be joining the BRICS alliance of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — a move that Brazilian President Luiz Inácio da Silva was instrumental in facilitating.
BA Celebrates Brazil is sponsored by the Directorate of Communities of the City Government of Buenos Aires and the Asociación Cultural Me Leva Que Eu Vou (Cultural Association Take Me As You Go). The event is subject to weather conditions, so be sure to check the forecast before making your way over to the plaza.
Plaza Facundo Quiroga is located in Palermo, between Avenidas Presidente Figueroa Alcorta and Infanta Isabel.