Folklore Festival returns to colour the Amazon once again, after a two year
hiatus. Parintins is one of the largest annual festivals in Brazil and a
perfect opportunity for UAE travelers to experience the vibrance of a Brazilian
festival while escaping the local rising temperatures.
festivities will be taking place between 24-27 June 2022 at the Parintins
Cultural Centre on the island of Parintins — from where the festival derives
its name — on the banks of the Amazon River, 370 kilometers from Manaus, the
capital city of the vast state of Amazonas.
The three-day event,
which celebrates a local legend about a resurrected ox, sees teams, go
head-to-head in a historic rivalry. The ox Caprichoso, represented by the color
blue, and the ox Garantido, symbolized by red, compete in extended retellings
of the age-old ox legend and try to out-do the other team by putting on artist
performances that take inspiration from Amazonian folklore and Indian culture,
and incorporate Brazilian themes and rhythms.
“For those who
love art and popular culture, the Parintins Folklore Festival is a truly
exciting experience which immerses visitors in the history, culture and legends
of Brazil,” said Silvio Nascimento, President of Embratur, Brazil’s Tourism
He added: “With
a pleasant tropical ad temperate climate, UAE residents wanting an escape from
the upcoming summer can make a getaway trip to Parintins and visit the event to
truly explore the flair and passion of Brazilian festivals.”
The three nights
of revelry, flamboyant dances, parade floats, melodious tunes
and regional songs by revelers narrating the myths, beliefs, legends, rites and
history of the region are a sensory spectacle for visitors and offer a true
experience of age-old authentic Brazilian culture.
The Bumbódromo venue,
built in the shape of an ox’s head, has capacity for 35,000 people and attracts
more than 100,000 people over the festival’s entire duration, in addition to
the thousands of viewers following the event through media broadcasting. After
the performances have concluded each night, the main square, countless bars, and
every little corner near the Bumbódromo accommodate a crowd still full of
energy to mimic the dance and songs of their favorite Boi or ox.
the UAE can reach the festival by traveling with Emirates to Sao Paulo
International Airport. From there, domestic flights to Parintins Regional
Airport can be taken to reach the festival.