26th Lavadeira Festival - 2012

The largest popular culture event in Brazil, which traditionally was held in Paiva beach, Cabo de Santo Agostinho, this year for the first time took place in Recife, where it had more than 50 cultural groups from various States of Brazil, distributed in four different stages, from 10am to 22pm. The audience was estimated in around 100,000 people.

Dona Elda Viana

Tribute

Mrs. Elda Viana (Mother Elda)
Queen of Porto Rico Maracatu.

“Candomblé is Maracatu, it is for us to be proud in the avenue...” Mãe Elda

Elda Ivo Viana, a woman with a strong personality, was born in an evangelical family in the neighborhood of the Mangabeira/Casa Amarela - Recife. At the age of 17, in Rio de Janeiro, already married, met the African-Brazilian religion, first Umbanda, then Candomblé, later with a strong knowledge of various roots of African faith, such as the Nagô, Angola and finally Gegê, where she is involved until today, for over 40 years.

Mother of 4 biological children, but inside the religion she is considered mother of several followers. Nowadays, she is retired from the public service. As a teacher, she was responsible for the literacy of many children of her community. Nowadays, she devotes her life to projects and actions that apply art and culture in order to make a better world.
Text from the site: nacaoportorico.maracatu.org.br

Check the Festival program 2012:

Sea Stage

Marco Zero

10h 0h Maracatu Estrela de Ouro de Aliança - Baque Solto
11h Afoxé Yle de Egbá
12h Maracatu Leão Coroado
13h Escola de Samba Gigante do Samba
14h Orquestra Usina do Frevo e Bonecos Mirins
15h Nação do Maracatu Porto Rico
16:30h Orquestra de Frevo Juvenil de Paulista (participação especial Claudionor e Nonô Germano)
17:30h Afoxé Alafin Oyó
18:30h Maracatu Estrela Brilhante do Recife
19:30h Lia de Itamaracá - Ciranda
20:30h Karynna Spinelli
21:00 Afoxé Povo de Odé
21:10 Virginia Rodrigues

Earth Stage

Rua da Moeda – (Parade) Cortejo

10h Urso Zé da Pinga
11h Indigenous Tribe Tapirapé
12h Maracatu Rural Águia Dourada - Baque Solto
13h Caboclinhos Oxossi Pena Branca
14h Maracatu Estrela Brilhante de Igarassu
15h Clube C. M. Elefante de Olinda e Bonecos Gigantes de Olinda
16h Nação do Maracatu Leão da Campina
17h Troça Pitombeira dos Quatro Cantos
18h Escola de Samba Preto Velho
19h Afoxé Oxum Pandá – (em cortejo para o Marco Zero)

River Stage

Rua do Observatório

10h As Pretinhas do Congo
11h Aécio dos 8 Baixos
12h Mestre Galo Preto
13h Selma do Coco
14h Coco Chinelo de Iá Iá
15h Mazuca da Quixaba
16h Grupo Bongar
17h Luiz Paixão
18h Ciranda Pernambucana do Mestre Ferreira e Ciranda de João Guabiraba
19h Afoxé Omim Sabá (em cortejo para o Marco Zero)

Lavadeira Street

Av. Marques de Olinda Mini Trio

12h Caboclinho 7 Flexas
14h Nação Maracatu Rosa Vermelha
16h Boi de Alagoas / AL.

Mud Stage

Praça do Arsenal Festival administration room at Mamulengo`s House

11h Mazurca de Agrestina
12h Coco de Pontezinha
13h Chau do Pife / AL
14h Coco Trupé de Arcoverde
15h Samba de Véio de Petrolina
16h Samba de Roda Brilhante de Irará / BA
18h Pastoril do Velho Xaveco
19h Maracatu Raízes do Pai Adão (em cortejo para o Marco Zero)

* 15h às 22h Boneca da Lavadeira e Estandarte

Map of the Festival

In 2012, for the first time the Lavadeira Festival was held in the Recife, with an audience estimated at 100.000 people, distributed in four stages, plus the procession.