This past weekend board members Lindsay Fullerton and Matthew Rarey attended the Brazilian International Press Awards on behalf of Evanston Escola de Samba, which was named “Best Cultural Institution.” The awards were held on May 9th at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale. The night began when Matt was interviewed live on the Brazilian television network Globo! During the event, we took pictures and live tweeted, and you can see what we wrote on Twitter and Instagram for more detailed coverage.Carlos Borges, the founder of Focus Brazil and organizer of the awards, introduced the ceremony. Throughout the night there were appearances by a range of TV personalities and even the Brazilian Consul in Miami. There were over 20 categories or awards including best male and female singers, best event, best theater production, best visual artist, beat athlete and many more.The awards were announced in groups, in between which were performances by musical artists who also won awards. Each of these artists performed songs in tribute to acclaimed Axé singer Daniela Mercury, who sat in the front row throughout the ceremony.Matt accepted EEDS’ award for “Best Cultural Institution,” (in Portuguese) and stressed the importance of arts education. The two special awards of the night, and the last to be announced, were for Lifetime Achievement awards for actor Tony Ramos and Daniela Mercury.These two lifetime achievement awards were at the end, and were highly anticipated. Daniela Mercury even performed a small concert after accepting her award, which was a nice surprise. Finally, all of the winners went up on stage and joined Daniela Mercury in singing the Brazilian National Anthem. We are so happy that representatives from EEDS were able to accept this honor in person. Thank you to the Brazilian International Press for recognizing us with this honor!
In February, we learned we were one of five finalists for the 2015 Brazilian International Press Awards in the category of Cultural Institution, which was selected by popular vote. After the finalists were picked, judges then selected the winners in each category. We have just been informed that we have been selected as the winner of best Cultural Institution by the Brazilian Press, from a pool of nominees all across the US! We are truly honored! We are excited that EEDS is being recognized for its efforts, and we hope to continue promoting Brazilian culture and music in years to come. The award will be presented on May 9 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Help us celebrate our win at our big Carnaval event on Saturday, March 28th at SRBCC!
We just wanted to post a few updates about what has been going on at EEDS in the past month. First, we are happy to report that we have been voted as semifinalists for the category of Cultural Institution in the Brazilian Press Awards. Thanks to everyone who voted for us!
Another big update is that we have been holding classes in the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center (4048 W. Armitage in Chicago), and we are loving to roomy new space. Our percussion classes are all drop in – so feel free to join us any Wednesday 7-8:30 PM.
Most importantly, EEDS is getting ready for a Carnaval celebration on Saturday, March 28, and you are all invited. There will music, capoeira, food, drinks, dancing, and more!. Be sure to RSVP on Facebook! We will have two classes with noted percussionist Jorge Alabê the week before Carnaval, March 25th and 27th. Stay tuned for more details!