Manhattan exhibit offers a taste of Brazilian culture

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — How about a tour of the Amazon rainforest or even a glimpse of Carnival or a taste of Brazilian cuisine? If that sounds appealing, you should check out ‘Casa Brasil.’

The exhibit is on full display in SoHo. “Casa Brasil” is an immersive experience powered by the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), an organization that promotes traditional products and services from the South American country to other countries, including United States.

“We work with different companies, from different sectors, to promote our country abroad,” said Maria Paula Velloso, head of industry and services at Apex Brasil. “We offer roundtables to connect American companies with Brazilian service providers and help them build partnerships.”

The event started as a furniture showroom last year. The installation included pieces designed by Brazilian artists inspired by the country’s diverse culture, music and nature. A year later, it has taken off, expanded its exhibit, and now attracts visitors from the tri-state area.

“It’s a beautiful space. The design elements, the tropical plants projected onto the walls, the music are spectacular, it all brings you in,” said Suzanne Preston, a Hoboken resident who was visiting the exhibit. “It’s exotic but also very relaxing. I visited Brazil a while ago, I went to the Iguazu Falls, and it’s beautiful. All this reminds me of Brazilian hospitality.

The two-week event offers several workshops for visitors, from cooking to wine tasting. The first week will be devoted to furniture, decoration, design, music and works of art. The second week will be dedicated to food and wine.

Casa Brasil is located at 477 Broadway and will continue until May 25. All exhibition events are free. Visitors can sign up for the Wine Master Class, cooking show and barista experience at the apexbrasil.com.br/casabrasilny website.

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