Viva Brazil Cultural Center

Viva Brazil Cultural Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to educate the public about Brazilian arts, tradition, culture and language. It also has the purpose to facilitate communication and cooperation among the Brazilian community within and outside the state of Utah and to provide educational assistance through a Scholarship Program to persons of Brazilian decent in order to assist them in furthering their education and employment opportunities.

Award Winning

Recipient of the Brazilian International Press Award 2010 - "Community Merit Award".

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History of the Utah Brazilian Festival

September 10, 2005 – Electric Park, Thanksgiving Point, Lehi

September 16, 2006 – McKay Events Center, Utah Valley University, Orem

August 25, 2007 – McKay Events Center, Utah Valley University, Orem

August 30, 2008 – Olympic Plaza at the Gateway Mall, Salt Lake City

September 19, 2009 – Olympic Plaza at the Gateway Mall, Salt Lake City

September 11, 2010 – Olympic Plaza at the Gateway Mall, Salt Lake City

September 8, 2011 -- Olympic Plaza at the Gateway Mall, Salt Lake City

September 8, 2012 -- Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City

September 7, 2013 -- Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City

September 13, 2014 -- Olympic Plaza at the Gateway Mall, Salt Lake City

September 12, 2015 -- Olympic Plaza at the Gateway Mall, Salt Lake City

September 10, 2016 -- Olympic Plaza at the Gateway Mall, Salt Lake City

September 9, 2017 -- Olympic Plaza at The Gateway, Salt Lake City

The event is celebrating its 13th year in 2017. The Festival began in 2005 with a small group of friends eager to celebrate their heritage and share it with the community that embraced them and has since become a greatly anticipated tradition. There are no precise estimates of how many Brazilians and descendants live nowadays in Utah, but joining this number are a significant number of Utah residents who speak Portuguese and because they lived in Brazil or do business in Brazil, are very fond of the Brazilian culture, people and language and are an integral part of the festivities.

School of Samba Carnaval Parade

The Brazilian Festival Parade is a show stopper! It is the third year we feature this activity. The Parade Committee works with the community at large, as well as with the city of Salt Lake City and other coordinators, in conjunction with the Event Logistics Manager, to ensure that the Brazilian Day Parade is safe and fun for both participants and public. There will be different groups for the Parade. Each Parade Sponsor will fund the costumes and instruments for one of the groups. Other groups may join as a free style parade group and entries must be of good taste, creative, fun and contribute entertainment value to the event. The Salt Lake City Police will motorcade the mini parade from 1:00pm to 1:45 pm. Staging starts at 12:30pm