Forró started in Ireland over 6 years ago, as part of a larger Brazilian cultural event. As people discovered it and due to the large contingent of Brazilians living in Dublin to teach it, it quickly grew enough to merit a night of it’s own, organised by Forró Dublin. Over time we’ve expanded across a number of venues, and as the original organisers of Forró Dublin moved on, other members of the community stepped in to create workshops, classes, & weekly parties. Smaller cities like Cork have even started their own groups!
The name Forró Dublin was subsequently adopted by the festival organisers, Wellington Figueiredo, long-time forró teacher in Dublin, and two of his students, Danilo Ferrereis and Ciarán Carroll. Between them, and with the support of many volunteers, they had the right mix of skills and knowledge to organise a professionally run festival, and we launched our first in 2016, with just 3 months preparation time.
Our second festival, in 2017, has become even bigger, and now is the time that we are hoping to reach out to the wider Brazilian & dance community in Ireland, to showcase forró and exhibit Dublin as one of the most active forró communities in Europe.