Mar 2, 2020
“Come ready to participate!” proclaims dancer, Lena Silverman, who grew up in Seattle and within BrasilFest. She is joined by Eduardo Mendonça, festival co-producer of BrasilFest. They represent two distinct generations and the contrasting experiences of immigrating from Brazil to the U.S. as an adult and growing up as a first-generation mixed race Brazilian youth in Seattle. Lena and Eduardo speak to the history and impact of the festival and their personal challenges with identity and social justice. They share how BrasilFest challenges stereotypes through arts, food, programming, and discussions that represents the diversity of Brazil and also what it means to be American.