Amazon Week in DC

Amazon Week in DC - Presented by the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC

The 7th of September celebrates Brazil's Declaration of Independence in 1822. In 1824, the United States was one of the first countries to recognize the independence of Brazil. This year, visitors and residents of Washington will be able to experience Brazilian history, culture and entertainment on the week of September 7th, with a series of events that will celebrate the Amazon region.

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  • Tourism in the Amazon, American Society of Travel Agents Global Convention 2018

23 August, Thursday, 11:30 am
The Washington Hilton Hotel
1919 Connecticut Ave., NW
Registration required

“The Wonders of the Brazilian Amazon: Learning From the Source” will be a seminar presenting the Amazon region as a tourist destination. Held at the American Society of Travel Agents Global Convention, it will be presented by Mr. Nickolas dos Anjos, president of AMAZONASTUR (Amazonas State Tourism Board). Representatives of EMBRATUR (Brazil’s tourism agency) and the Consulate-General of Brazil will also answer general questions about the country and the new Brazilian electronic visa for US citizens.
The annual ASTA Global Convention is the essential event for travel agency professionals, providing insights into current research and trends. The 2018 Global Convention will be held in Washington, DC, on the Washington Hilton Hotel, between August 21-23. Registration is available at

  • Brazilian Amazon Culinary Week

31 August – 9 September
Siren by RW
1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

From August 31 through September 9, guests at Siren by RW will taste a special menu curated by Chef Felipe Schaedler, of Banzeiro Restaurant in Manaus. Brazilian Amazon Culinary Week will feature Amazonian fish and delicacies, as well as specialty Brazilian libations prepared by the Siren by RW team.

Felipe Schaedler is passionate about the exuberance of the largest rainforest in the world and is a young visionary who investigates and innovates regional gastronomy with genuine Amazonian products. His creative awareness over the years has led him to discover new flavors, aromas and textures, bringing an exceptional experience with each dish.

The Brazilian Amazon Culinary Week is hosted by Siren by RW in partnership with the Embassy of Brazil and supported by Destination DC. Part of the proceeds will be donated to The American Experience Foundation and to the Vaga Lume NGO.

  • “The Future of the Amazon” at the National Geographic Society

September 4, Tuesday, at 6:30 pm
National Geographic Society
1600 M Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Free admission

Join us at the National Geographic Society for a discussion on the conservation of the Amazon rainforest. The evening will include a conversation with Thomas Lovejoy (U.N. Foundation and National Geographic Fellow) and the Brazilian researcher Rita Mesquita (INPA), and the screening of a National Geographic documentary on the Amazon rainforest, with juices from the Amazon and Brazilian cheesebread being served to the guests.

Thomas Lovejoy first set foot in the Amazon in 1965 and studied birds in the forests near Belem for his PhD. He has been involved in Amazon science and conservation ever since, including a major ecological experiment to understand the consequences of forest fragmentation now in its 39th year. He was an integral part of the National Geographic’s map of the Amazon (November 2015) project. In 2016-2018 he served as Science Envoy for the Department of State. He will provide an overview of Amazon conservation achievements, opportunities and challenges looking forward. 
Rita Mesquita has lived in Manaus, in the state of Amazonas, Brazil for the past 34 years and is a senior researcher with the Brazilian National Institute for Research in the Amazon (INPA) since 2000. She holds a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Georgia, USA. Her research is on natural regeneration of degraded areas of the Amazon, working mainly on secondary vegetation dynamics. She worked for the State of Amazonas Government between 2004-2008, and took part on some of the most relevant public policies for nature conservation, including the creation and implementation of protected areas, the ecological economic zoning, and the formulation of legislation on environmental management and climate change mitigation. She currently works on scientific dissemination and is responsible for INPA’s extension and outreach programs. 
The National Geographic documentary Wild Amazon: Savage Realm presents the largest rainforest and mightiest river on earth, where there is more diversity of life than anywhere else. From the elusive jaguar to diminutive leaf cutter ants; where turtles strike as fast as a snake and spiders protect frogs, stunning photography will showcase the diversity and color of the rainforest along with the people they share their home with. The documentary explores the extraordinary relationships that have developed between the unlikeliest of creatures while they struggle for survival in the Amazon. 
You are invited to join the discussion and watch this National Geographic film and journey deep into the heart of the Amazon, the largest rainforest with the largest river on Earth. Juices from the Amazon and light snacks will be served following the discussion.

  • Parintins and Manacapuru Festivals at the Kennedy Center

The Parintins Folk Festival is a popular annual celebration held in the Brazilian city of Parintins, Amazonas. One of the largest annual festivals in Brazil, it takes place during three days and  celebrates a local legend about a resurrected ox. It is also a competition where two teams, Garantido and Caprichoso, compete in extended retellings of the story, each team attempting to outdo the other with flamboyant dances, singing, and parade floats.
Join us at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage on September 5th and 6th for these vibrant performances that are based on local Amazonian folklore and indigenous culture, while also incorporating contemporary Brazilian rhythms and themes. Admittance is free and no tickets are required.
Parintins Boi-Bumbá Festival
September 5, Wednesday, 6:00 pm
Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage (2700 F St NW)
Admittance is free; no tickets required

Dancers from Parintins, state of Amazonas, Brazil, will stage regional themes in a celebration of local traditions, depictions of nearly century-old legends of rivalries, and the culture of riverside communities in the Amazon region.
Manacapuru Ciranda Festival  
September 6th, Thursday, 6:00 pm
Kennedy Center, Millennium Stage (2700 F St NW)
Admittance is free; no tickets required
Dancers from Manacapuru, state of Amazonas, Brazil, will showcase rhythms, songs, multicolored costumes, diverse choreography, and the history and origin of the Brazilian Amazon legends.

  • Amazon Film Showcase

Starting on September 5th, the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, D.C., will host two movie screenings. Admittance is free.

“Into the Amazon”
Wednesday, September 5, 5:30 pm

Brazilian Embassy Auditorium (3006 Massachusetts Avenue, NW)
Limited capacity, admittance is free (reserve your seat)

PBS documentary “Into the Amazon” tells the remarkable story of the expedition by President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon into the heart of the Amazon rainforest.

“Salt of the Earth”
Thursday, September 6, 5:30 pm
Brazilian Embassy Auditorium (3006 Massachusetts Avenue, NW)
Limited capacity, admittance is free (reserve your seat)

Biographical documentary film about Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Salgado and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary at the 2014 Academy Awards.

  • Seminar on Amazon culture and literature

September 6, Thursday, 3:00 pm
Brazilian Embassy Auditorium (3006 Massachusetts Avenue, NW)
Limited capacity, admittance is free

The Embassy of Brazil will host a seminar on Amazon culture and literature with Professor Bryan McCann of Georgetown University and Sylvia Guimarães of the Vaga Lume NGO. Professor Narlan Teixeira of George Washington University will moderate the discussion. Learn about literacy, literature and culture in the Brazilian Amazon with three experts on Brazil and social studies. Professor McCann will discuss the main narratives within and about the Amazon region, and how do they influence our perceptions, while Sylvia Guimarães will talk about the tales from the Amazon as seen through handicraft books.

Prof. Bryan McCann, PhD, is an associate professor of Latin American History and director of the master’s degree in Global International and Comparative History (MAGIC) program at Georgetown University. He teaches courses on colonial and modern Latin America, particularly Brazil, and advanced topical courses on popular music in Cuba and Brazil and the history of Latin American populism; he taught a class supported through the Berkley Center's Doyle Seminars project. McCann is the author of numerous articles and two books: Throes of Democracy: Brazil since 1989 (2009) and Hello, Hello Brazil: Popular Music in the Making of Modern Brazil (2004). McCann holds a B.A. from Princeton University, M.A. from University of New Mexico, and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Sylvia Guimarães is co-founder and president at Vaga Lume and Director of Community Engagement at Avenues – The World School. Her nonprofit organization Vaga Lume promotes cultural and educational development of rural communities in the Amazon by promoting an exchange of knowledge between people living in the Amazon and other regions of Brazil. Since 2002, it has established libraries in 90 rural communities in 20 municipalities in the Amazon and it has trained 1,600 people to manage and direct group readings. The program has benefitted an average of 20,000 children annually, with the distribution of 65,000 books. She is an activist and social entrepreneur, taking part in networks such as Vital Voices Global Partnerships and BMW Responsible Leaders. Sylvia has attended three United Nations Forums and has given numerous lectures. Sylvia has a strong commitment to bringing education to all children and a special wish to build bridges between cultures and different social realities.

Prof. Narlan Teixeira, PhD, is an Adjunct Lecturer at the George Washington University. He holds a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. His Ph.D. thesis, for which he was awarded the Jorge Paulo Lemann Fellowship 2011-2012, has been considered a key explanation for the genesis of post-modernity in Brazil and, at the same time, for the Tropicalia movement. Dr. Teixeira is also a widely recognized poet, having participated in many international poetry festivals and having been  translated in several languages. His fields of interests are Brazilian and Latin American cinema, literature, music (especially Tropicalismo), marginal cultures, counter-culture in Brazil and the U.S., Afro-Brazilian heritage, literature and dictatorship in Brazil, theoretical design and industry in Brazil.