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170 drummers and dancers from Brazil and Europe gather in Limerick for a weekend of workshops, performances and parades.

6th European Encontro of Maracatu

Here’s a glimpse at what to expect, taken at the 5th European Encontro of Maracatu in Cologne

Maracatu Ilha Brilhante is hosting the 6th European Maracatu Encontro, which will be held between the 25th and 27th of July in Limerick City. This is the largest gathering of Maracatu players and dancers outside of Brazil. Over the weekend participants will take part in workshops with the best Brazilian percussionists and dancers, perform on stage and take part in a grand finale parade through the streets of Limerick.

The ‘Encontro’ or gathering is a unique celebration of Maracatu, which is a type of cultural spectacle from Pernambuco in the northeast of Brazil. Drummers and dancers from Europe and Brazil are gathering in Limerick to take part in workshops by celebrated Maracatu masters from Brazil.




As part of the weekend the groups taking part in the gathering like to show off their skills. Six of the finest groups from all over Europe will perform on Saturday 27th July at The Stables Club, University of Limerick from 9pm. Tickets (€5) can be bought on the door.

Simply playing on stage is not enough for the participants. When they arrive in a new city they like to show as many people as possible what Maracatu is all about. On Sunday the 27th a thunderous percussive and colourful spectacle will parade through the streets of Limerick culminating in a performance at People’s Park. The parade begins at 1pm from where O’Connell Street meets Thomas Street.

So come join us to celebrate one of the most loved Brazilian carnival traditions come to life right here in Limerick.

A night of Maracatu
Date: Saturday 26th July
Venue: The Stables Club, University Limerick
Time: Doors open at 9pm
Door Tax:  €5
Featuring unmissable performances from six of the finest Afro-Brazilian groups from across Europe. All proceeds from this event go towards the European Encontro of Maracatu.

Maracatu Parade
Date: Sunday 27th July
Starting point: Where O’Connell Street meets Thomas Street at 1pm
End point: People’s Park at 2.00pm
170 drummers and dancers from Europe and Brazil will take to the streets of Limerick in a uniquely thunderous and colourful parade.

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