Feb 24th 7pm; Feb 25th 6pm
Once again, this February 24 and 25 Brasarte brings to the Bay Area a centuries old trans-oceanic, magical celebration: the Yemanja Arts Festival. Yemanja is mother of salt waters, goddess of the sea, giver of life, and patron of fishermen. This celebration originates from Yoruban traditions carried from West Africa to the Americas, but it is now embraced by migrants and travelers throughout the world who, having crossed the oceans in search for a better life, regard Yemanja as their protector. With this festival BrasArte also honors Black History Month as it is believed that Yemanja traveled on slave ships with the African diaspora.
This celebration offers a unique opportunity for healing across cultures and races, a chance to reach out, share and celebrate with each other. Participants will immerse themselves in joyous Brazilian music, dance, food and drinks in a beautifully decorated space filled with baskets, flowers, soaps, perfumes, sea shells, inspired in gifts traditionally offered to Yemanja.
Drummers, musicians, dancers and singers from Latin America and the United States will invoke the goddess mother, her healing beauty, and her generous and protective spirit.
Brazilian food by Sabor da Bahia and bar featuring our famous caipirinhas (Berkeley show only)
2 SHOWS Feb 24th (Casa de Cultura, Berkeley) Feb 25th (Dance Mission San Francisco- co-presented by Dance Mission)
(San Francisco 2/25)
Made possible with support by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts and Berkeley Civic Arts