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Unification of Cultural Arts

The Brazil Adventure Tour

Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

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Traditional Dance & Drum Classes

Ancient Candomblé House Tour

Festa de São João

Guarajuba Beach
Barra Beach



Unification of Cultural Arts (UC ARTS) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to unify world cultures and promote healing through traditional arts. We provide cultural education through exchange experiences, dance and drumming seminars, and world class performances. The Brazilian Adventure Tour allows participants to have a rare first hand experience of ancient Brazilian traditions while guided by a highly respected Master of the Candomblé tradition.
Traditional Dance and Drum Classes
Gamo Da Paz Traditional Drumming: Gamo Da Paz
Gamo Da Paz is a third generation Master Drummer born in Bahia, Brazil. Gamo has taught and performed world-wide. Exclusively for the Brazil Adventure Tour, Gamo has organized gifted teachers for Workshops in Traditional Dance, Drumming and Song. For an added bonus, Gamo will also lead workshops in traditional Drumming.

Traditional Song:  Yomar Passos
A trained choral singer raised in the tradition of the Ketu nation, Yomar, leads Traditional songs during Candomblé ceremonies in Brazil. He offers an excellent class in Candomblé song that incorporates his vocal training as well as his in depth knowledge of Candomblé rhythms and song.

Luciana Traditional Dance:  Luciana Barauna
A native of Salvador, Bahia, Luciana is a master dancer who dances during Candomblé ceremonies in Brazil. Her gentle style introduces students to the subtleties of Orixa dances as done in traditional ceremonies.
Irudy Traditional Percussion:  Irudy Passos
Trained by Gamo Da Paz, Irudy now plays as a lead drummer during Candomblé ceremonies in Brazil. Students will learn drumming technique as well as Traditional rhythms. Because of his incredible skill and wealth of knowledge, Irudy is able to teach students of all levels, from beginner to intermediate.

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Ancient Candomblé House Tours
This trip will consist of visiting several Candomblé houses which embodies the ancient practice of Candomblé. Immerse yourself in one of the oldest Africian influenced cultures in Bahia. Hear the drumming, see the dance, and witness the traditional Candomblé ceremonies that pay homage to the Orxias. Below is a brief historical background of some of the houses you will visit.
Casa Branca
Terreiro da Casa Branca
Salvador’s first house of Candomblé, was founded in 1830 by three freed slave women.
Terreiro do Gantois
Salvador’s second house of Candomblé, was founded in 1847
by a descendant of the house of Casa Branca.
Ile Axe Apo Afonja
Ile Axe Apo Afonja
Also founded by a descendant of Casa Branca, Apo Afonja
is the third house of Candomblé and was founded in 1910.

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Festa de São João
Experience Brazilian night life at its finest. The time of São João is truly festive experience. With historical origins as a traditional harvest celebration, family and friends gather in Bahia to dance Forró (fo-ho) and play music. The traditional instruments in a Forró band are accordion, hand drum, and triangle (sanfona, zabumba, and triangulo). São João is one of the biggest holidays in the Northeast of Brazil. During this festival, the streets of Salvador are all decorated while extremely popular shows featuring the big, commercial Forró bands are staged.

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Brazil Adventure Tour Fees & Registration

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Hotel accommodations (double occupancy) w/ breakfast
Class Fees
Excursion Fees
Local Transportation
International airfare from San Francisco

Not Included
Passport and Visa fees
Personal items such as internet fees, telephone charges,
and gratuities for nongroup services

Reservation Deposit
A $1,000 deposit is required to hold your space for the Brazil Adventure Tour. Deposits may be made online using a major credit card. Payment balances must be in the form of a money order or cashier's check made payable to Unification of Cultural Arts. Payments must be mailed to:

Unification of Cultural Arts

1887 Hartnell Court
Los Banos, CA  93635

Refund Policy
Deposits are nonrefundable.

Unification of Cultural Arts and our staff exercise every care possible in respect to The Brazil Adventure Tour and its participants. We can assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity in connection with any activities associated with this program. We also cannot accept any responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine, force majeure or other causes beyond our control. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger. We reserve the right to make such alterations to the published itinerary as may be deemed necessary. As a condition of participation, all confirmed participants are required to sign a Release of Liability.

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