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Utah Brazilian Festival Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Orem—University Place, a 120-acre mixed-use development project formerly known as University Mall, today announced that it will be welcoming back the Utah Brazilian Festival, which will be celebrating its 15th anniversary at The Orchard on Saturday, September 14 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m.

For the past 15 years, the Utah Brazilian Festival has helped the local community celebrate and learn about Brazilian heritage by showcasing authentic entertainment, dancing, and Brazilian cuisine. Last year marked the first time the festival was held at The Orchard, University Place’s large and versatile community gathering space, and it was a rousing success, bringing in between 5,000 and 6,000 attendees. 

“Everyone said last year was the best festival ever, and we think a big part of that had to do with the beautiful venue,” said Matilde Wosnjuk, executive director of Viva Brazil. “The Orchard is a perfect setting for us because everyone can see a bit of everything that’s going on from wherever they are. We couldn’t be happier to be coming back to University Place to celebrate this milestone anniversary.”

“The Utah Brazilian Festival is such a fun cultural celebration, and it’s exactly the type of event we envisioned when designing The Orchard,” said Jeff Woodbury, senior vice president of development and acquisitions at Woodbury Corporation. “It was great to see so many people participate in these wonderful traditions last year, and we hope to see an even bigger turnout this year.”

As is customary, the festival will kick off with the Samba Carnival Parade, directed by Caio Castro who travels to Orem from Atlanta, Georgia. Many groups will be decked out in colorful Brazilian costumes during the parade, and the public is welcome to participate as well.  Costume rentals are available. The festival will also have more food vendors than in previous years, giving attendees a wider variety of choice.

Local musicians Pedro Naves, Adri Vieira, and Diego Brazuza will entertain the crowd beginning at 2 pm. The festival will also be bringing in GPS Brazilian Rock Band, and renowned performer Márcio Mendes and Brazil Beats Band from Florida to entertain the crowds.

The Utah Brazilian Festival is presented by the Viva Brazil Cultural Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about Brazilian arts, tradition, culture and language. For more information on the festival visit www.brazilianfestival.com or www.universityplaceorem.com/events.

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