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News and Events

Levantamos sponsors and supports a number of events that educate Americans about Afro-Brazilian culture in an effort to strengthen connections and partnerships between the two groups with the overall objective of furthering Levantamos’ mission.



Upcoming Events

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D.C. Premier of Boy23:  The Forgotten Boys of Brazil on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 7 pm (in Portuguese with English subtitles)

followed by discussion with director Belisario Franca

at BloomBars in Columbia Heights 3222 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 - Suggested donation $14

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Past Events

Date: November 11, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Location: Navy Memorial

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Levantamos’ inaugural fundraiser took place on February 5, 2004 with the theme “Mardi Gras Meets Carnaval.” All of the activities, a capoeira performance, an orixá dance performance, samba, and a Louisiana second line, exhibited the best of what Mardi Gras and Carnaval have to offer and celebrated the ties that bind Brazil and the United States.

Fast forward to 2016, and we are celebrating our third Mardi Gras Meets Carnaval with a screening of the film, “Samba and Jazz” by Brazilian filmmaker Jefferson Mello, with a Q&A with the filmmaker. All profits will be used to fund Levantamos’ 2017 exchange program that will bring Afro-Brazilian entrepreneurs to the United States and partner them with business people located in the United States.

Jefferson Mello’s film embodies Levantamos: It celebrates the ties that bind Brazil and the United States. Together, we rise!

Come Celebrate 100 Years of Samba with Levantamos on Friday, November 11, 2016 with the D.C. premier of the internationally acclaimed film, "Samba & Jazz" and producer/director Jefferson Mello!


The film " Samba & Jazz" followed by a Director Q&A
Vava United School of Samba Rio Style Samba Band & Dancers
Louisiana Themed Jazz Band
Brazilian Hors d'oeuvres
Brazilian Beverages
And More...

Tickets: $40 (Regular Tickets)


Your ticket purchase, donation, and sponsorship will fund an upcoming exchange program for historically disadvantaged Brazilian youth entrepreneurs. It will also help Levantamos continue our mission of increasing Afro-Brazilian and American cooperation through social, cultural, and economic exchanges. Levantamos generates financial resources for Afro-Brazilian economic development, develops partnerships with Brazilian community based programs, and develops programs in the U.S. to engage and educate Americans on Afro-Brazilian culture.

Capoeira Barro Vermelho Event

Date: October 22, 2016
Location: Washington, D.C.

Levantamos is pleased to support Capoeira Barro Vermelho’s 4th Annual Batizado & Troca de Cordoes, which is scheduled for October 22, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Capoeira, along with samba, has historically been the port of entry for many Americans to discover the culture and dichotomies that are Brazil. Capoeira is a martial art disguised as a dance, that was developed by enslaved Africans in Brazil.  The martial art, handed down over centuries, was formalized as a sport in the early 20th century in Bahia, Brazil.  In 2014 UNESCO recognized capoeira as an “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.”  It is Levantamos’ intention in 2016 to bring capoeira to the under-served populations of the District of Columbia.

The event is sponsored by: