Yemaja, Queen of the Ocean

By Lala the Sunchaser / Photography by Nigia Vieira.

This weekend many places in Brasil will pay homage to Yemaja, Goddess of the Sea. In Itacaré, fishermen, natives, and visitors will gather along the Orla (boardwalk) to make an offering by bestowing flowers, perfumes, candles, champagne, combs and mirrors into the ocean. In addition to adorning the sea with perfumes and gifts, there will be traditional music, samba and capoeira circles to honor one of the many orishas or spirit deities.
yemanja_1Starting Wednesday, January 30th until February 1st, any one can leave an offering for the offering at the Association for Fishermen (Colonia Z-18 Itacaré). These offerings will be placed into large baskets for the procession on Saturday.

On Saturday, February 2nd at 5 am, an early morning procession will kick off with fireworks and a parade around the town starting at the Association.
yemanja_3At 2 pm, fishermen, locals and visitors alike will march along the boardwalk carrying offerings and gifts to bring out to sea by boat. If you’re interested in chartering a boat, contact Jorge Lázaro at 73 – 9961 3382 or e-mail him at jorge.jus@hotmail.com.

At 4 pm in front of the Association, there will be a presentation by Casa dos Bonecas, in addition to Afro-Brazillian dance, capoeira, and a samba circle with traditional music.
yemanja_3It is sure to be a peaceful and pleasant experience for all involved.
Have a lovely weekend!

Happy Birthday Itacaré

Saturday January 26th, marks the 281st birthday of the city of Itacaré. The town will hosts parties and live performances throughout the weekend. Along the Orla, there will be live performances by the following:

Friday, January 25th, 10 pm
RAGHATONI / TRIBAL / PICK UP DE LUXO / CRAZY DANCE
img_ragaSaturday, January 26th, 10 pm
TRIO DAHUANA / MARCELA MARTINEZ / BANANA CHIC
img_birthdayHave a lovely weekend and hope to see you at the party.

And to the nearly 8,000 residents of Itacaré: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!

Kayaking in Itacaré

By: Bella Papadopoulou.

It is not a secret that Itacaré offers a little bit of everything. From Atlantic forest to white sandy beaches … from sea to lakes. The varied environments allows one to practice various kinds of sports and experience new and exciting adventures.

The edge of Itacaré’s calmer river fronting the neighborhood ”Forte”, is also the home of the Association of Kayaking of Itacaré. Every day members and tourists take the kayaks and row along the beautiful Rio das Contas that starts in Chapada Diamantina and ends in Itacaré.

Josenildho Monteiro De Jesus, who is the founder of the association goes kayaking every day and believes it to be an amazing experience each time he paddles out.

”Kayaking is great because, first of all, it is calming and also healing in a way. Secondly, it is a great way to make new friends while having fun together in a group. Last, but not least, you are out in this breathtaking nature and can enjoy it up close” Josenildho says.

And it is absolutely true! Paddling along the river one will pass next to the Atlantic forest with the small fishing boats in the background and a setting or rising sun ahead of you (depending if you go early in the morning or in the afternoon).

But kayaking here is not only a hobby. Itacaré is in fact a leading city withing kayak championships both nationally and internationally. Today there are 15 champions that proudly represent Itacaré at national and international competitions as well Marta Ferreira who is a two times paraolimpic world champion.

”As our athletes train in an environment that is made up by both river and sea, they definately have an advantage in competitions because they alredy know how to paddle in all kinds of conditions” Josenildho says.

The association is also the oldest institution that makes social work in the town allowing children from the poorer areas to get educated about how to have a healthy life.

”Over the years we have given support to many children by keeping them away from drugs and allowing them to become competitors and responsible citizens” Jozenildho says.

To book a kayak tour or make a donation, one can go to the associasion that is located in the neighbourhood Forte, Monday-Saturday 07.00-17.00.

 

 

Happy New Year!!!

by Lala the Sunchaser.

It’s HOT in Itacaré and getting hotter! The streets are over flowing with people from all over Brasil and other parts of the world: London, Vienna, Santiago del Chile, New York, Réunion, Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles, Oslo, Milan.

So far the New Year promises sun, fun, live music, and plenty of parties.

On Saturday, January 5th, the year starts off with Jau & Diamba at Cabana Corais located on Concha Beach. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are available at various shops in town.
jauThe following day, Sunday, January 6th, American musician and surfer, Donavon, will give a FREE performance on Tiririca Beach in the evening … sometime after 5 p.m.

On the main road called Pituba …

Sham Rock & Blues Bar which opened a few months ago, offers an eclectic line up of local musicians playing MPB, blues, and rock every night this summer after 8 o’clock. It is a cozy spot for any game lover and fan of alternative music. Plus every Monday evening, there is an “open mic” session that draws an enthusiastic crowd.
shamrockOf course, you don’t want to miss the action at the popular bars, Jungle and Favela. Both bars host daily parties that bleed into the wee hours of the morning with DeeJays, bands, and street performances.

If you’re looking to escape the crowds on the beach or Pituba, visit Boteco da Vila (the Blue House) Wednesday through Saturday evenings and relax to the sounds of soul singers, bossa nova and MPB musicians, and enough chocolate to satisfy any addict.
For a Saturday night of sweating, stop by Casarão Amarelo (the Yellow House) for live samba music and lots of dancing. The last time I was there, I believe I lost 5 pounds despite the two or three beers I had. Like Boteca da Vila, they are also located along the Orla where there is an incredible view and refreshing breeze.

Wishing you and your family a Happy and Healthy New Year!!