LAVAGEM Celebration: Dance & Procession

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LAVAGEM Celebration: Dance & Procession

Join the annual LAVAGEM, an Indigenous and Afro-Brazilian Celebration with historical dance and a parade-style party at the Gantt!

By Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

When and where

Date and time

Friday, April 14 · 6 - 9pm EDT


Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture 551 South Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28202

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About this event

  • 3 hours
  • Mobile eTicket

Lavagem, meaning to wash or purify in Portuguese, is an annual reflective and renewing series of ceremonious activities that the entire community can enjoy. The 4-day Lavagem Celebration is led by the Bloco Afro Ayédùn organization.

The Lavagem Celebration shares, teaches, documents and archives Indigenous (Caboclos) and Brazilian Black arts culture with Charlotte communities, while cultivating a space for fellowship with dance and music workshops, cultural performances, a lavagem procession and panel discussions.

On Friday, April 14, join us at the Gantt Center for the Symbology of the Orixa dance workshop with Vera Passos from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm, and participate in the LAVAGEM procession festive ceremony from 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm - it will start at the Gantt Center and end at The Green Park (425 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202).

Everyone is encouraged to wear white to commemorate the purification and renewal. All ages and backgrounds are welcome! Comfortable shoes are highly recommended.

Saturday, April 15, the Gantt hosts the 3rd day of LAVAGEM with special dance workshops and performances featuring a community vendor fair from 10:30 am - 5:00 pm - click here to register.

*Although all of the LAVAGEM Celebration programs are free, participation is welcomed on a first come, first serve basis for equal access. The workshops will close to additional participants when capacity is reached.

The LAVAGEM Celebration is a Charlotte SHOUT! program.

About Bloco Afro Ayédùn

Bloco Afro Ayédùn emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words. Established in 2021, it is an organization driven by progressive ideas, bold actions, a strong foundation of support, and understanding of Black heritage and arts.

About the organizer

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is a multi-disciplinary arts institution in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. Founded in 1974 and named for Charlotte civic leader and former mayor Harvey Bernard Gantt, the Gantt Center’s mission is to present, preserve and celebrate excellence in the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent. Designed by Philip Freelon, co-designer of the new Smithsonian National Museum for African American Art and Culture, the Gantt Center features fine art exhibits from around the world. Visit for more information.

Harvey B. Gantt Center (Gantt Center) reserves the right to cancel an event due to low enrollment, inclement weather or other circumstances which would interrupt or diminish the overall program experience. If the Gantt Center cancels an event, registrants will be offered a full refund.