The iconic Brazilian composer, writer, performer, actor, and poet, Alceu Valença stayed with Washington Park Hotel a few weeks ago during the last leg of his North American tour.

Born in the countryside of Pernambuco, Valença channels his Northeast Brazilian roots by recreating traditional music like baião, coco, toada, maracatu, frevo, caboclinhos, embolada and repentes. His rock and alternative twist on traditional sounds have made him one of the most influential artists in Brazil. With a career spanning over 40 years, 35 albums, $5 million in sales, and four Latin Grammy nominations, Valença embarked on his first major tour across seven cities in North America.

Returning to the United States after a 20-year hiatus, Valença played a lively show at the Fillmore Miami Beach. We are thrilled that Valença and his crew chose Washington Park Hotel for their South Beach stay!

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Brazil’s best exports continue to grace the shores of South Beach. The Brazilian Film Festival (BRAFF) returns to Miami Beach for a week of independent film screenings and ceremonies at venues like the Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Florida International University, Regal South Beach 18, and Colony Theatre.

Take part in the festival that brings people together through the power of Brazilian film and culture September 14 - 21, 2019. BRAMM kicks off with opening night celebrations at Regal South Beach and featured films Maria do Caritó and Murilo Benício’s O Beijo no Asfalto. For a list of films, programming, and tickets, visit Inffinito.

Did you miss last year’s BRAFF? WPH was honored to be the official hotel of the festival.

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Ready to travel like a star? Follow the WPH Instagram to see how and post a photo using #WherePlayHappens to show us how you enjoy SoBe. Stay close to all the BRAFF action when you book your SoBe getaway at the Washington Park Hotel, where smart design and cool people mix as easily as cocktails.