5 Best Performing Arts Venues in Salvador and the Bahia Coast, Brazil

Jam no Mam

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The cobblestone outcropping that runs alongside Salvador's picturesque Museum de Arte Moderna (MAM) is the place to watch Jam no Mam's live jazz sessions, every Saturday beginning at sunset. Once inside, stands sell fresh-fruit caipirinhas, pancakes, and snacks, and plastic chairs are available to pull up close to the band.

Associação Cultural Bloco Carnavalesco Ilê Aiyê


This group, which started out as a Carnival bloco and is renowned as the oldest Afro bloco in Brazil, has turned itself into a dynamic cultural hub. It now has its own school and promotes the study and practice of African heritage, religion, and history. To take part, call ahead to schedule a visit to the school. Contributions are appreciated. Its Carnival camaroteis considered one of the best.

Casa do Olodum


Salvador's best-known percussion group, Olodum, gained international fame when it participated in Paul Simon's "Rhythm of the Saints" tour and recordings. Its vibrant samba-reggae vibe makes it one of Salvador's most popular Carnival schools. Olodum has its own venue, the Casa do Olodum, and performs live shows around town, often on Tuesday or Sunday.

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Teatro Castro Alves

Campo Grande

Salvador's largest theater holds classical and popular music performances, operas, and plays.

Teatro Vila Velha

Campo Grande

Founded in 1969, this is one of the most important cultural venues in Salvador, with workshops, music, dance, and theater. Although plays are almost always staged in Portuguese, the production is top quality. It is also the stage for Bando de Teatro Olodum.