‘Festival Julina’, held at Horniman Museum, follows the huge festival in Brazil at this time of year, called there ‘Festival Junina’. I’d say ‘Festival Julina’ is as close as you can get to Brazil without actually being in the country.
Bumba-meu-Boi dance serve a narrative function. Performers tell the story of a slave who is left by a plantation owner to care for his bull [some say OX] which then dies and is later revived. A black velvet bull costume embellished with sequins and ribbon is worn by one of the dancers during the spectacle. See the Ox appear in this youtube video here. And there’s over one hour of Bumba-meu-Boi video here!
The “quadrilha” features couple formations around a mock wedding whose bride and groom are the central attraction of the dancing”
Street Artists from Brazil
See dance On youtube here.
Project Morrinho is a social and cultural project from the Laranjeiras neighbourhood of Rio de Janeiro, where local youths built intricate models of the favelas they grew up in. As part of our Brazil season at Hornimans, Project Morrinho will be creating a model favela in the Horniman Gardens.
Thanks to Wikipedia – quote – “Festa Junina (June Festival), also known as festa de São João for their part in celebrating the nativity of St. John the Baptist, are the annual Brazilian celebrations historically related to European Midsummer that take place in the beginning of the Brazilian winter. These festivities, which were introduced by the Portuguese during the colonial period (1500-1822), are celebrated during the month of June nationwide both in Brazil and Portugal. The feast is mainly celebrated on the eves of the Catholic solemnities of Saint Anthony, Saint John the Baptist, and Saint Peter.
As Northeastern Brazil is largely arid or semi-arid these popular festivals not only coincide with the end of the rainy seasons of most states in the northeast but they also provide the people with an opportunity to give thanks to Saint John for the rain. They also celebrate rural life and feature typical clothing, food, dance (particularly quadrilha, which is similar to square dancing). Like Midsummer and Saint John’s Day in Portugal and Scandinavian countries, São João celebrates marital union. The “quadrilha” features couple formations around a mock wedding whose bride and groom are the central attraction of the dancing”End quote.