Program - Psiu! Forró Festival Berlin 2018
* Level 1 – Beginners, Level 2.1 – Intermediate I, Level 2.2 - Intermediate II, Level 2 - 2.1+2.2, Level 3 – Advanced **You only have access to the Intensive class, if you have registered for it! / ***Subject to change.


Forró Intensive Course

At the intensive course the participants have the opportunity to get to know and work intensively with a teacher. They will form a firm group on which the course will be based and build up over three days.

- Teachers: Juliana Braga

- One class per day (90min.)

- Limited number of participants: 16 women, 10 men

- Level: only for intermediate and advanced students (level 2.2. and 3)

- Additional fee: 15 €

- To be defined at the registration



Forró is a traditional couple dance from Northeast Brazil. The word forró has its etymological beginnings in the word forrobodó, which refers to folk dances in general. Nowadays the term forró is used to indicate a summary of rhythms like Baião, Xote, Pé de Serra and Forró de Marcha. Baião was emerged and spread up-country at the beginning of the 20th century but was not popular before the international music scene was paying attention to the work of Luiz Gonzaga (1912-1989) in the 1940ies. At that time Luiz Gonzaga defined the three commanding instruments accordion, zabumba and triangle - the so called Trio Nordestino. There are many ways how to dance forró; very sensual, closely embraced, cheek to cheek - depending on the area of Brazil. The rhythm varies and creates an atmosphere where people enjoy coming together and having fun.


Samba de Gafieira
Samba de gafieira is an elegant Brazilian saloon dance. Samba has its roots in Africa, and gafieira is the name for the place where the sambistas dance to live music: the saloon, which has its origins in Europe. The elegant dance has many different aspects: besides the swing and dance steps, creativity, improvisation and playing the music and rhythm are just as important in samba de gafieira. Gafieira is also called samba a dois (samba between two) or samba de salão (saloon samba).


Samba Bolero is a Cuban rhythm with Spanish roots and influences of the countries where it is practiced. It has a tradition in many Hispanic-American countries and Brazil. The rhythm became slower over the time and the music is very romantic. A world-wide known Bolero song is "Besame mucho", composed by Consuelo Velásquez. In Brazil, especially in Rio de Janeiro, Bolero includes more complex movements from tango (trocadilhos, caminhadas, cruzados, giros). In the 1990s the new form of the dance spread around the whole country of Brazil and is danced until today. Nonetheless, the dance always maintained its character: flirty, soft, graceful and romantic.

Frevo is music and a dance originating from Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil. The Frevo dance was developed by transforming capoeira movements. Capoeira (afro-brazilian martial art) was used for threats and fights between competing groups, often with knives in their hands. In order to end this violence, the police started to pursue the capoeiristas. They reacted in a clever way by carrying umbrellas instead of knives and also disguising the capoeira movements as dance movements. The frevo dance was born. Frevo is as of now more than 100 years old (1907) and naturally it has been evolved during all this time to reach its current form. Capoeira movements were transformed into the quasi-acrobatical movements of the Frevo dance. The fight between the groups moved from the physical to the aesthetical field. The umbrella also developed from regular black umbrellas to a small and also colorful umbrella. Umbrella movements are part of the dance. It's not uncommon to see frevo dancers throwing umbrellas in the air, passing them between their legs or just swinging the umbrella. The image of the frevo dancer (passista) is one of the most prominent icons of the carnival of Pernambuco.


Thursday 25 January 2018 - 20:00

Opening Party

DJ Tião

Entrance: 7€


Friday 26 January 2018 - 22:00

Jorge do Rojão - Beto Hortis - Live


1st Band:

Jorge do Rojão - vocal, sanfona

Carlos Frevo - percussion

Fabiano Lima - percussion


2nd Band:

Beto Hortis - vocal, sanfona

Carlos Frevo - percussion

Fabiano Lima -  percussion


& DJ Tião 


Entrance: 20€ 


Saturday 27 January 2018 - 22:00

César Amaral & Guests- Live


22.00 DJ Tião 

23.00 Teachers'show

23.30 Concert



César Amaral - vocal

Carlos Frevo - percussion

Fabiano Lima -  percussion


Guests: Jorge do Rojão, Elton Raville


Entrance: 20€


Sunday 28 January 2018 - 21:00

Derico Alves & Aja Brasil - Live

Carnival in Brazil is coming closer! Therefore the band will not only play Forró but also animate you with some carnival music of Pernambuco (Coco, Maracatu, Ciranda, Frevo).


Derico Alvez - vocal, sanfona

Jabuti Fonteles - guitar, vocal (Aja Brasil)

Abrao Dutra - percussion (Aja Brasil)

Carlos Frevo - percussion (Aja Brasil)

Fabiano Lima - percussion


& DJ Tião 

Entrance: 15€

Psiu! Forró Festival Berlin