Peak into Brazilian culture at Carnaval this Friday
Southeast Missouri State University’s Brazilian Student Association will host its Brazilian Carnival Night at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 7, at the Centenary United Methodist Church.
The free event allows students, faculty and staff members to get a feel of the Brazilian culture. This year’s focus will be on learning about Rio Carnival.
“We want to share a little bit of cultural diversity because when you learn about a different culture your perception of the world expands,” Karen Muramatsu senior president of the Brazilian Student Association said.
The event exposes American students who have never traveled outside of the country to a culture different from their own.
Samba Bom and Dill Costa will perform a live concert at the event. The band’s lead singer is a Brazilian actress, who has acted in several Brazilian TV shows and even visits parades in Rio. The band also will have carnival dancers in carnival costumes.
“We wanted to bring a sense of what really is Carnival in Brazil and we contacted them because we liked their professionalism and the way they work,” Muramatsu said.
A Brazilian martial arts Capoeira group called Nação Capoeira from Memphis, Tennessee, will be performing, along with two students from Missouri Valley College to perform in the freestyle soccer. There will be tap dancing, trumpet performances and a performer from Ecuador, Jose Mino. Performers from the Brazilian Student Association also will be preparing the Brazilian traditional dinner. There will be a cultural exposition and games as well.
A year of planning goes into planning BSA’s Brazilian Carnival Night because there has to be enough time to contact sponsors and other resources.
Last school year was the first time BSA hosted Brazilian Carnival Night.
BSA wants to continue sharing the culture of Brazil and hopes to continue having events like Carnival Night at Southeast.
“It’s pretty authentic compared to what we have in Brazil and it’s a very unique opportunity,” Muramatsu said.