101% Funded


Target: €6500


€6,625 Raised


84 Funders

6th European Encontro de Maracatus 2014

By Maracatu Ilha Brilhante


Who is organising the Event?
We are Maracatu Ilha Brilhante. (Maracatu of the Shining Island). Founded in 2010, we are an Afro-Brazilian percussion group, featuring some of Ireland’s finest drumming talent. Hailing from all corners of the island, our members are drawn from some of the longest established Brazilian music groups from throughout Ireland.

Our collective explores some of the oldest interpretations of maracatu music with other folkloric and sacred rhythms, as well as more contemporary Brazilian music forms. The group has generated interest nationally among Brazilian music enthusiasts and gained the respect of members of the Brazilian maracatu tradition. 

What is The Encontro?
The 6th European Maracatu Encontro is a meeting of Maracatu performance groups from around Europe in one of the largest celebrations of Afro-Brazilian culture outside Brazil.

Taking place on the 25th – 27th July 2014 in Limerick City, the event is an exciting opportunity to immerse audiences in the Brazilian cultural spectacle of maracatu.

Originating in Brazil’s North eastern state of Pernambuco, maracatu combines art forms of music, dance and pageantry to create a unique and vibrant energy and performance.

Previous Encontros were hosted, with great success, at Notting Hill Carnival, London (2005 & 2006); Nantes, France (2008); Clichy-Paris, France (2010) and most recently in Cologne, Germany ( 2012).

This year’s Encontro will be led by renowned maracatu master and cultural leader Mestre Toninho (Musical Director - Maracatu Encanto de Alegria) assisted by Jorge Martins (Maracatu Estrela Brilhante) and Letho Nascimento (Maracatu Nacao Oju Oba) with Dadinha Gomes (Dance Director - Maracatu Naçao Pernambuco).

The weekend will offer master classes for Maracatu percussionists and dancers from all over Europe and Brazil. A Saturday night showcase will feature some of the finest musical performers of Brazilian culture from throughout Europe.

The Encontro will culminate in a large-scale procession through the streets of Limerick to a grand finale at ‘The People’s Park’. The Encontro promises to bring some of most spirited and energetic elements of Afro- Brazilian culture to new audiences.

Why should I help fund the Encontro?
Following our performances in Paris in 2010 & Cologne 2012,our group made a successful bid to host this Encontro.

Run on a voluntary, non-profit basis, this event will engage the public in a large-scale, on-street spectacle, involving approximately 350 drummers, dancers and performers. This is a unique opportunity to introduce maracatu to a wider audience and celebrate Afro-Brazilian traditional culture on the streets of Limerick.

Our team have the experience in successfully producing and project managing a variety of large scale arts events, conferences and workshops all over the island of Ireland. But now we need your help make this event happen

A successful Fund it campaign will help us with the production costs of our ‘Grand Parade’ on the streets of Limerick City. This promises to fill the streets with thunderous rhythms, beautiful songs and spectacular, costumed dancers.

Please give us your support and help us create our unique event this summer.
Find out more about the event at www.maracatuireland.com



Post-Encontro update

Friends, On the 27th of July, we closed our Event in The Peoples Park in Limerick city after an exciting parade down the Streets of Limerick and a weekend of amazing some amazing Maracatu. Thank you so much for your support in making this amazing event happen. Now that the event is finished we are in the process of finalising everything. As per our last update. We still require t-shirt sizes for some of you, if you do not send us on your size, we can not guarantee you will get a t-shirt that fits. We also require your address in order to get your rewards to you once they are ready. So please send on your Name, Address and t-shirt size to the following email. email: michael-howlin@hotmail.com Thank you for your patience.

Invite to Encontro events.

Hi all, Thank you for your support of our project. I am writing to you to inform you about one of the rewards you chose to receive. For everybody that funded and chose to receive an award this is your official invite to come join us on both Saturday and Sunday night at our Encontro events. You will be placed on a guestlist to go free of charge for these nights. Saturday: Public gig in The Stables in U.L featuring some of the leading Maracatu bands in Europe such as... Maracatu Ilha Brilhante (Ireland) Ens' Maracatu - Ens’Batucada (Paris, France) Maracatu Nação Oju Oba (Paris, France) Maracatu Colonia (Cologne, Germany) Maracatu Nation Stern der Elbe (Hamburg, Germany) 9 - 12ish then DJ. Sunday: Official Encontro after party and session not open to the public in The Stables. Who knows what could happen with so many musicians in the one room. If you require accommodation for either of those nights there are rooms available on U.L. Campus for €29.95 per person per night bed and breakfast or €25.00 per person per night only. If you wish to avail of accommodation, please contact me on the email address below. If you have any further questions don't hesitate to contact: michael-howlin@hotmail.com Again, thank you for your help. Michael.

T-Shirt Size email.

For all the funders who funded above €50 mark, The email to send your T-shirt size to is: michael-howlin@hotmail.com Thank you.

T-Shirt Sizes

Hello to all our funders. Thank you so so much for donating and us to our fundit target and beyond. Now that we have the final list of funders we need to start sorting out your rewards for helping. In order to do so, for those of you who donated the needed amount for the T-Shirt, we need your T-shirt sizes. In order to guarantee you will get a shirt to fit you we need your size by Friday. So please as soon as you can send an email with your name and T-shirt size. Once again thank you for all your help.

Thank you

Thank you to all those who have donated money so far and those who have shared this project with family and friends. We just wanted to let you know, that although our rewards start at 25 euro, we appreciate any amount that you can spare, every 5 euro helps.

funders (84)

There are 80 public funders of this project

There are 4 anonymous funders of this project