Bahia is coming to Washington DC
Festival Afro Bahia 2021 is sponsored by the DC Commission on the Art and Humanities. All activities will be virtual and free of charge!
Festival Afro Bahia is back again to celebrate the vibrant culture of Bahia and Brazil’ African heritage in Washington D.C.
The annual Afro-Bahia Festival 2021 dedicated to the idea of feminine power and celebrates our feminine ancestors, and ourselves as nurturers, teachers, spiritual leaders, scholars and performers.
All activities will be virtual and free of charge!
June 11-13, 2021
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.