LAVAGEM Celebration

Through Sunday, April 14
The Mint Museum
Presented by Moving Spirits, Inc.

The Lavagem Celebration builds Come-Unity! April 11-14th, 2024 

This four-day event is a celebration of African -Brazilian, Indigenous and African diasporan cultures. Master teachers from Brazil will arrive to Charlotte to share the Symbologies of the dances of the Orixás, Capoeira, Samba roots, Samba Afro, Afro dance, and Silvestre Technique. 

The Lavagem Celebration serves all communities in Charlotte, but is especially designed to uplift Indigenous communities, the African-Brazilian community and all communities of the African diaspora. This Lavagem is a means of caring for community and a celebration of resiliency and resistance.

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SCHEDULE (tentative):

Thursday, April 11th:

Opening Ceremony

Location: Mint Museum

6:00pm: Welcome and Historical Reverence, Presentation

6:15pm-7:000pm: The Spirit of the Drum: African Brazilian drumming class with Jose Ricardo & Luciano Xavier 

7:00-9:00pm: Caboclos

9-9:30pm: Wrap up 

Friday, April 12th:

Location: XLNC Dance Studio 

6:00-7:45pm: Capoeira with Mestre Jelon 

7:45-8:30pm: Samba with Nildinha Fonseca 

8:30-10:15pm: Dances of the Blocos Afros with Vania Oliveira 

Saturday, April 13th:

11:00-1:00pm LAVAGEM Procession at Five Points Plaza- Wear ALL white if possible (live percussion, samba. capoeira and more)


Location: Open Door Studios 

3:00-3:15pm: Check-in

3:15-4:45pm: Symbology of the Orixá with Rosangela Silvestre 

5:00pm-6:00pm: Performances

6:15-7:30pm: Dança Afro with Nildinha Fonseca 

7:30-9:00pm: Celebration 

*Vendors will be selling items for purchase 

Sunday, April 14th:

Location: Mint Museum

1:00pm-3:00pm: Silvestre Technique - Rosangela Silvestre

3:00pm: Closing

The LAVAGEM CELEBRATION is made possible from a Cultural Visions Grant from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Arts and Science Council @asccharlotte. It is also supported by a CHarts Grant from UNC Charlotte's College of Arts + Architecture. The festival is sponsored by the Mint Museum.

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Through Sunday, April 14 · add to calendar 2024-04-14 09:00:00 2024-04-14 17:00:00 America/New_York LAVAGEM Celebration The Mint Museum, 500 South Tryon Street, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC, 28202 / 28

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