Posted on November 07, 2014

the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture continues to build on a legacy of connecting people through cultural exchange as part of the Qatar National Vision 2030. Held under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums, Qatar Brazil 2014 will be the third consecutive Year of Culture, organized by Qatar Museums, following Qatar UK 2013 and Qatar Japan 2012. Qatar Brazil 2014 is sponsored by Qatar Petroleum International, Shell, Qatar Airways and Hilton.

Samba Chula de Sao Braz

Samba Chula de Sao Braz is a music and dance group of genuine oral tradition known as Samba de Roda from Bahia that have stormed Brazilian stages with their creativity and refined artistic talent. This group manages to respect traditional culture with professional standards of artistic quality, whilst embodying the roots of Brazil’s national music: samba. The Samba Chula de São Braz is part of the history of the Bahian Samba de Roda (dance circle), listed as intangible heritage of humanity by UNESCO from 2005.The group attracts attention in Brazil and abroad demonstrating the creative potential of popular culture through dance and music.

The History of Samba Chula
The two oldest styles of samba, samba chula and samba de roda, started with the original African slaves who were brought to Salvador in the Brazilian state of Bahia. "Chula" is a Portuguese word denoting something worthless, of no value. It was applied by the masters to the music of the sugarcane plantations of Bahia and was used by the slaves themselves but the word eventually became a term of pride.

Towards the end of the 19th century there was a huge influx of freed Bahian slaves moving to Rio looking for work and they carried their music with them. Their descendants were forced up into the hills, into today’s favelas, and over the years would come to see this musical heritage rise from its lowly-esteemed origins to proudly assume the mantle of the National Music of Brazil. But not all freed slaves would make the journey south, and in Bahia the primordial samba, samba chula, would live on, slowly disappearing over the course of over a century until now almost nothing is left behind. However, from 6-8 November at MIA Park, there will be 3 special performances where Doha residents will be able to see this beautiful historic art form as part of the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture!

Expressing her delight at the launch of the Brazil Festival, Safiya Al Hajari, Director of the Office of Strategic Cultural Relations said: “As we edge closer towards the closing of the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture, the Brazil Festival is a great representation of our objectives: to bring people together and exchange cultures with the world. Our Brazilian guests will be able to experience Qatari culture, and our Qatari residents will be able to experience Brazilian culture. We are confident this event will be a huge success and we are very proud to have been a part of the Brazil Festival.”

Commenting on the importance of this event, Qatar Airways SVP Commercial Qatar, Mr. Ehab Amin, said: “Qatar Airways is committed to enriching the experiences of all those that live here in our wonderful State of Qatar, which is why we are so pleased to be able to partner with Qatar Brazil 2014 for this spectacular event. The organisers have done a wonderful job of recreating the sights and sounds of Brazil in Qatar. We look forward to seeing everyone come out to enjoy this lively and colourful Brazilian-themed event. 

Speaking on behalf of Qatar Petroleum International, Mr. Ahmed Al-Ahmed, Executive Director of Upstream said, “As Platinum sponsors of the Qatar Brazil Year of Culture, QPI is pleased to endorse the Brazil Festival, which celebrates the country through music, story-telling, football and the finest Brazilian cuisine. This weekend promises to be full of excitement, as culture enthusiasts will get a true taste of the Brazilian way of life. QPI is proud to play a role in promoting Qatar’s economic, diplomatic, and cultural ties to Brazil, following our investment in an oil producing asset in offshore Brazil, called BC-10” He continued with saying, “QPI extends its support and gratitude to Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of Qatar Museums and HE Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Dr Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari for the Year of Culture initiative as part of Qatar’s journey towards achieving its National Vision 2030.”

Commenting on their contribution to this Year of Culture, Rob Sherwin, Deputy Country Chairman, Qatar Shell said, “We are very proud to sponsor the Qatar Brazil 2014 Year of Culture, which brings us and other key organisations in Qatar together to celebrate the richness of Qatari and Brazilian cultures and to appreciate their distinctive contributions to the world. Therefore, we are delighted to be part of this exchange both culturally and economically through our support of events, such as the ‘Brazil Festival’, which I am sure will be a memorable experience for the local community; families and children alike. “We are honoured, through our long standing partnership with Qatar Petroleum International and other prestigious Qatari institutions such as the Qatar Museums headed by H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa, to support Qatar on its journey towards a sustainable knowledge economy and to achieving its National Vision 2030,” added Sherwin.

Minister of Culture enjoys authentic 2 [].jpgFestival opening times:

Thursday 6th Nov 2 PM – 11 PM

Friday 7th Nov 2 PM – 11 PM

Saturday 8th Nov 11 AM – 10 PM

Admission: Free


Please note parking arrangements for the Brazil Festival below: 

  • The Park n Ride Scheme will start at the Old Airport Departures Car Park. There will be buses to and from MIA Park and back.
  • There will be a small charge of QR 5 per hour for people to park at the airport departures car park and there is ample space.
  • The buses are complimentary.

Other activities in the Brazil Festival:


Thu 6th Nov        7 pm

Fri 7th Nov           5 pm

Sat 8th Nov          5 pm

Samba Chula de Sao Braz is a music and dance group of genuine oral tradition known as Samba de Roda from Bahia that have stormed Brazilian stages with their creativity and refined artistic talent. This group manages to respect traditional culture with professional standards of artistic quality, whilst embodying the roots of Brazil’s national music: samba.


Thu 6th Nov        2 - 5 pm

Fri 7th Nov           2 -5 pm

Sat 8th Nov          2 -5 pm

Acclaimed Brazilian street artist Speto will share his skills in a series of unique workshops for adults and children throughout the festival. Speto’s original graffiti blends lines of traditional Brazilian northeastern woodcarving styles with sophisticated textures and figurative imagery. Working in variety of mediums, including murals, illustration, and graphics, he fuses modern techniques with Brazilian cultural heritage to create a distinctive form of street art.


Thu 6th Nov        2:45 pm, 9:15 pm

Fri 7th Nov           3 pm, 10:00 pm

Sat 8th Nov          10 am, 1 pm

Using authentic Brazilian instruments participants will experience some of the passion, energy and rhythms associated with Brazil. After a simple process of learning the rhythms, very quickly the group will have an understanding of the beats they will need to all play and will soon be playing a coherent Samba Reggae piece complete with musical calls and breaks!


Thu 6th Nov        3:45 pm

Sat 8th Nov          9 pm

Brazilian Samba is a lively rhythmical dance style danced to samba music. It is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival. Learning the traditional samba moves with our samba instructor you will be also working on building up your fitness levels and stamina, strengthening the core, understanding the rhythm and styling of Brazilian Samba.


Thu 6th Nov        2:00 pm, 7:30 pm

Fri 7th Nov           2:00 pm, 6:30 pm

Sat 8th Nov          2:30 pm, 6:30 pm

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art where fighting techniques are combined with acrobatics, dance and music. There are many differing views about the origins of capoeira, however it is definitely a "dance-fight" that developed in North-Eastern Brazil during the years of colonialism and slavery and is known today for combining strong and fluid movement, dynamic use of space, rhythm, and a spirit of "trickiness" and play. 


Thu 6th Nov        2:15 pm

Fri 7th Nov           2:45 pm, 6:45 pm

Sat 8th Nov          2:45 pm, 6:45 pm

Workshop training always starts with a good warm-up and special stretching. The workshop will present basic elements of capoeira, attack and defense techniques, as well as the principle aesthetic movements through which the fight was disguised as a dance. Students will work within the various rhythmic and movement traditions of the art form.


Fri 7th Nov           9:00 pm

Sat 8th Nov          11:30 am

From the arms of Guanabara, the heart of Rio de Janeiro, Santos is a “cool-jazz” singer and guitar player, combines different influences based on blues, rock and Latin-jazz in an intimate “Cool-Jazz” performance. His music has visited different countries and cultures and proves that even though skin colours and flags may be different, we all share the same heartbeat.


Thu 6th Nov        5:00 pm, 10:15 pm

Fri 7th Nov           4:00 pm

Sat 8th Nov          3:15 pm

Doha Jazz’s “Sabores do Brazil” will play many of the country’s most famous songs including Carlos Jobim and other recognizable favourites such as “Mas Que Nada” and “Aquarela do Bzrail”. The group is led by long time Brazilian resident and musical expert, Enrick Adam.


Story telling will commence every hour on the half hour between 3:30-7:30pm.

Craft activities will run from 3:00-7:30 daily.

The rich and magical folklore and fairy tales of Brazil are shared in Arabic and English reading sessions, inspiring and engaging children and family audiences.



The fun and festivity of Brazil’s carnivals is celebrated in these family workshops. Children can have their face painted in the colours and images of Brazil’s wildlife and will be guided in making masks inspired by carnival costumes of Rio de Janeiro.