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Brasil Arts Festival at Novo 535 is a visit to a vibrant culture

The Brasil Arts Festival encompasses much more than its name might lead you to think.

Part art show, part concert, part martial arts review, the festival has one unifying theme: the distinct culture of South America's largest country.

Vibrant colors and high energy are hallmarks of many of the paintings that will be displayed on a rotating basis throughout the afternoon. Mara Carli, a native of Sao Paulo, founded BrasilArts to raise awareness of the wide range of works produced by the artists of her homeland.

Color and energy also are major components of the two other events slated for Sunday afternoon at Nova 535 in St. Petersburg. O Som Do Jazz, featuring Andrea Moraes Manson, will perform bossa nova and samba-jazz, and an open batucada drum group will give visitors an opportunity to take up instruments and join in the rhythm.

The music will carry over into a demonstration of capoeira, a unique form of martial arts. Performed by the Volta a Mundo school, capoeira is a mix of sparring, dancing and acrobatics. Participants also sing and keep rhythm with percussion instruments.

The Brasil Arts Festival is from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Nova 535, 535 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg. Admission is $15, available at the door. (727) 341-4363;

Brasil Arts Festival at Novo 535 is a visit to a vibrant culture 06/18/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2008 7:30am]
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