Pack up your friends and family, bring a picnic, and be prepared to dance April 6 at Zilker Hillside Theater. Austin Samba and friends will bring the captivating sounds and dances of Brazil for its 2019 show: Carnavalia!
The show features more than 80 performers performing to music by Beth Carvalho, Os Tribalistas and more. Attendees are invited to come early for a preshow dance lesson beginning at 6:45 p.m. and stay late to dance away the evening. Show time is 7 p.m. Presented by the City of Austin’s Division of Museums and Cultural Programs, and the Zilker HIllside Theater. For more information email ZHTInfo@austintexas.gov
On April 13 (rain date is April 14), the Texas Bengali Cultural Alliance presents the South Asian New Year Festival, an annual outdoor celebration showcasing the culture and diversity of South Asia. Now in its 18th year, The South Asian New Year Festival draws over 5,000 people each year.
The South Asian New Year, or “Pohela Boishakh,” is based on a solar calendar introduced in North India over 400 years ago by the Mogul Emperor Akbar. Corresponding to the harvest and the beginning of the financial year, the new year is a seminal event in South Asian social and cultural life. It is a time of happiness and joy, and for celebrations and feasting. In Central Texas, the rapidly growing South Asian community has enthusiastically kept its traditions alive, sharing its heritage with the community at large.
The Hillside Theater Stage will feature live dance and music performances along with authentic programs highlighting the colorful diversity of South Asian Culture. Off stage, visitors will be enticed to enjoy the wonderful foods and merchandise available in the Bazaar. With food, ethnic clothing, jewelry, crafts, henna and more, this festival has all the ingredients to represent the rich tapestry of South Asian culture. For more information visit sasianfest.com.