September is a very special month for Brazilian immigrants living in the United States. It is a time to sing, dance, meet friends, and celebrate life as an immigrant. Aligned with the festivities for the Brazilian independence, September is the month in which the cities with large Brazilian population commemorate the Brazilian Day.
The population growth of Brazilians living in the Triangle area has increased tremendously in recent years, and due to this growth there is also a need to create a space to share and educate the greater community of Brazilian culture. Another motivation that lead to the creation of this festival is that no other Brazilian Day festival or party being organized within a 250 mile radius.
Our mission is create a festival which provides a cultural and educational event for the population of the Triangle and surrounding area showcasing the music, dance, cuisine, and crafted arts from Brazil, centered around Brazilian Day Festivities.
The first annual NC Brazilian Day Festival is being presented by Batalá Durham- a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit charity organization whose mission is to educate and expose people of all ages and backgrounds to the music and culture of Afro-Brazilian samba reggae music by presenting engaging and authentic musical performances.