Alegria do Norte 2023
The 2023 edition of Alegria do Norte is a vibrant dance festival dedicated to celebrating Brazilian culture, specifically Forró, a lively dance and music style originating from the North-East of Brazil.
Over the course of three nights and two days, attendees will have the incredible opportunity to immerse themselves in the enchanting world of Forró. Enjoy captivating live music performances and groove to the beats of fantastic Forró DJs. Engage in energetic dance workshops led by both local and international artists and teachers, honing your skills and expanding your dance repertoire.
In addition to embracing the exhilarating rhythms of Brazil, Alegria do Norte will also embrace the peak of beautiful Swedish summer. Immerse yourself in a perfect fusion of our favorite Brazilian tunes, cozy dance sessions (according to our opinion), delightful company, warm embraces, contagious laughter, and the chance to make new friendships while cherishing quality time with old ones.
Is a Paris/Stockholm based percussionist with a love for brasilian rhythms. His enthusiasm in the Forró scene, in both Paris and Stockholm, and his attentiveness towards the dance floor has made him an important part of Alegria do Norte. We could not have made it without him during the years!
A musician who dances or a dancer who plays? He brings up all his musicality when dancing, mixing with the roots style and the result is his unique style of teaching.Originally from Salvador Bahia, he lives currently in Berlin and performs throughout Europe with Diego Oliveira and others musicians.
With two solo albums - "Mais um Homem Apaixonado" (2010) and "Presente" (2018) - and a DVD - "It's what I have to give you" (2013), Diego Oliveira, the singer and zabumbeiro, celebrates 17 years of a successful career in 2022. He skillfully combines contemporary music with the traditional pé de serra style, showcasing his ability to blend new touches, beats, and current lyrics into a modern forró experience. Diego believes that this fusion allows him to infuse his personality and ideas into his music.
Having performed in 13 European countries, as well as the United States, Russia, and Japan, Diego Oliveira has shared the stage with renowned figures in Brazilian popular music. Esteemed artists such as Elba Ramalho, Dominguinhos, Edson Duarte, Genaro, Trio Xamego, Mestre Zinho, Trio Nordestino, Mestrinho, Duani, Dona Zefa, Anastácia, Mariana Aydar, and Janayna Pereira have all had the pleasure of performing alongside him.
Throughout his 17-year musical journey, Diego has been a part of bands like Chama-Mé and Meketréfe, gaining visibility after winning a competition at the FENFIT forró festival in 2007. Another pivotal moment in his career was his participation in the Festival Rootstock in 2010, where he launched his solo career and released his first album.
Currently, Diego Oliveira is a highly sought-after artist in numerous forró festivals worldwide. His performances guarantee a delightful experience filled with great music and joyful dancing. To immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Diego's delicious forró, simply access his playlist: https://bit.ly/
Camila Alves is a renowned Portuguese Forró teacher residing in Lisbon. Her journey in Forró began in 2010, and since 2012, she has been an active and influential teacher. Camila is highly regarded for her instructional roles at numerous festivals and events worldwide. With a teaching experience spanning over 22 countries, she has developed comprehensive courses and workshops focused on contemporary themes. Her teachings explore the dynamics between leaders and followers, emphasizing a more feminist approach to dancing. Camila encourages students to freely express themselves on the dance floor, empowering them to dance in a way that resonates with their true selves. Her career is dedicated to advocating for equal rights for both men and women in their artistic expression through dance.
For many years, Camila actively participated in the organization and pedagogical departments of various Forró events. Notable among them are Forró de Lisboa Festival (2013-2015), Festival Pé na Terra (2017-2019), Forró Douro Festival (2018-2019), O Fole Roncou Festival (2022), Baião in Lisboa Festival (2017-2022), and Maria Bonita Festival (2017-2023).
Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, Camila pursued Business Management with Marketing studies in London from 2013 to 2016, which propelled her solo career as a Forró teacher. Currently, she serves as the co-owner, pedagogical director, and esteemed teacher at Espaço Baião, one of Europe's largest Forró schools based in Lisbon. Additionally, in 2019, she founded Xiado da Xinela Shop, an online Forró Shop offering a wide range of products, including clothing and accessories for both women and men. With the motto "Be whoever you want to be on the dance floor," the shop caters to Forró enthusiasts, enabling them to find their unique style and expression.
From a young age in São Paulo, DJ Sampa has been captivated by a diverse range of music styles. In the early nineties, he embarked on his DJ career, spinning Samba, Samba-Rock, Rap, and Soul tracks.
Sampa's introduction to Forró came in the late nineties when he started frequenting a forró club with his capoeira group. Shortly before the turn of the millennium, he relocated to Switzerland, where he swiftly established himself as DJ Sampa within the Latin music scene.
In 2014, Sampa delved deeper into traditional Forró, immersing himself in its rich cultural heritage. This led him to become a cultural producer of a popular weekly Forró event in Zurich and the founder of Forró Vinyl, a highly anticipated monthly gathering.
Alongside his DJ career, Sampa boasts an impressive collection of vinyl records, combining his extensive experience with a genuine passion for Forró. He is a sought-after guest DJ in the European Forró scene and continues to make waves back in his homeland of Brazil.