Bahia is coming to Washington DC
Festival Afro Bahia is back again to celebrate the vibrant culture
of Bahia and Brazil’ African heritage in Washington D.C.
Festival Afro Bahia is back again to celebrate the vibrant culture of Bahia and Brazil’ African heritage in Washington D.C.
The festival Afro Bahia is an educational event that creates opportunity to experience the culture of the Brazilian state of Bahia based on the African traditions of food, dance, music, art craft and discussion.
The state of Bahia is considered the cultural heart of Brazil, being the first region encountered by Europe and the center of population for residents of African ancestry.
Bahia is the location of the world famous annual “Carnaval” celebration. It is additionally renowned within Brazil for its annual state-wide Saint John’s festival, celebrated simultaneously in all of Bahia’s 417 municipalities.
Bahia is also the home of the dance form known as “samba,” and is a center of musical innovation for a unique type of music known as “Samba Reggae’.”
The religion, arts, and cuisine of Bahia are strongly influenced by the contributions of vibrant linkages to African ancestry, particularly in the capital city of Salvador which contains the largest single urban African descendant population anywhere in the world outside of Africa.