University Place Hosts 14th Annual Utah Brazilian Festival

  • Presented by the Viva Brazil Cultural Center, the Festival Celebrates Brazilian Heritage and Traditions
  • The Event is Free and Open to the Public, Featuring the Best of Brazilian Culture, Music, Art and Cuisine

(OREM, Utah) September 10, 2018 – University Place, a 120-acre mixed-use development project formerly known as University Mall, today announced that it will be hosting the 14th annual Utah Brazilian Festival on Saturday, September 15 from 1:00 p.m to 7:00 p.m.

For the first time, the festival will be held at The Orchard, University Place’s large and versatile outdoor community gathering space. Designed as a way to help the local community celebrate and share Brazilian heritage, this annual tradition is a family-friendly event that features entertainment, dancing and Brazilian cuisine.

“After years of holding the Utah Brazilian Festival in Salt Lake City, we’re excited to be setting up a new home at University Place,” said Matilde Wosnjuk, executive director of Viva Brazil. “By moving the venue to Utah County, we hope that people who haven’t experienced the festival yet will have a chance to join us and share in this cultural celebration.”

“The Utah Brazilian Festival is exactly the type of event we created The Orchard for, which is to provide the community here opportunities to gather and celebrate what’s most important to them” said Jeff Woodbury, senior vice president of development and acquisition at Woodbury Corporation. “And since Tucanos Brazilian Grill is one of the festival’s major sponsors – as well as one of our most popular restaurants – it is the perfect fit.”

Kicking off the festival at 1:00 p.m. will be the Samba Carnaval Parade. Directed by Caio Castro, an artistic producer from Atlanta, the parade will feature colorful costumes and drummers and dancers performing the original Brazilian Samba. Attendees will be invited to participate as well. Other activities include:

  • Pierre Onassis from Olodum, The Brazilian Roots and Brazucas Band – Performing on the main stage, these three musical groups will play Samba, Pagode, Forro and Brazilian rock music.
  • A Taste of Brazil – An array of delicious authentic cuisine will be available, including churrasco, feijoada, pao de queijo, coxinha, brigadeiros, sonhos and much more.
  • An arts exhibition – The work of local Brazilian artists will be on display.
  • Martial arts – There will be demonstrations of traditional Brazilian martial arts, including jiu-jitsu and capoeira.
  • Cantigas de Roda – As part of the Oral History Preservation Program sponsored by Utah Arts and Museums, this workshop will expose children and their families to traditional folklore songs, rhymes and games.
  • Kite making – This fun workshop will teach children how to make their own kite, and will include kite-flying demonstrations.

The Utah Brazilian Festival is presented by the Viva Brazil Cultural Center, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about Brazilian arts, tradition, culture and language. For more information on the festival, and to check times and other special guests, please visit or



About University Place
Opening in the early 1970s in Orem, Utah, University Place (formerly University Mall) is a 120-acre development that initially only included retail-uses. Now, having completed the initial phases of a $500 million revitalization project, University Place is home to upscale residential, Class-A office and high-quality green space. University Place was first developed and is still owned and operated by Woodbury Corporation, a 4th generation family-run business, and one of the oldest and most respected full-service real estate development and management companies in the Intermountain West. For more information about University Place and updates on the project, visit For more information about Woodbury Corporation, visit

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