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30/06/2017 - 16:13hs
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Refugees to organize traditional party in São Paulo

An event organized by NGO Adus and Fundação Ema Klabin will happen tomorrow (1) featuring Arab, African and Colombian food, alongside typical Brazilian festa junina dishes. Ethnic items will be on sale.



São Paulo – A fair designed to bring native Brazilians and refugees together. This is the idea behind ‘Arraiá Étnico,’ an event organized by the NGO Adus (Refugee Reintegration Institute) and by Fundação Ema Klabin. The festa junina (a typical celebration held in June) will happen tomorrow (1) at the latter’s headquarters in São Paulo.

The event will feature Arab, African and Colombian food, as well as the usual festa junina fare such as tapioca, arroz doce (a rice pudding) and canjica. Patrons can also buy art objects and ethnical items from the refugees’ home countries.

Items including Syrian perfume and African turbans will be on offer, as well as games like correio elegante – whereby people can send out anonymous messages to prospective partners. The soundtrack will be forró music, and late in the afternoon, Brazilians and immigrants will come together for a big quadrilha dance.

Adus was established in 2010 to assist refugees and non-locals who were forced to migrate to São Paulo. The NGO provides services such as Portuguese lessons, professional training, psychological support, labor market insertion, entrepreneurship-oriented training, and cultural actions.

In 2016, Brazil granted asylum to 9,552 people from 82 different countries; 326 of them were from Syria. The country also welcomed 57 Palestinians, 18 Iraqis and 10 Lebanese.

Quick facts
Arraiá Étnico
July 1, from 12pm to 5pm
Fundação Ema Klabin - Rua Portugal, nº 43 - Jardim Europa - São Paulo
Free admission

*Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum

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