In addition to the anniversary of Trinity College’s founding, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the Trinity Samba Ensemble and the 16th edition of the Samba Fest, an event that has welcomed 70,000 people over the years to attend, perform, and participate in workshops.

“Music festivals are not just sites of entertainment-they are places where people can see, hear, and learn about rhythm and movement that connects cultures,” said Eric Galm, professor of music and founder of both.

This year, the Bicentennial event was held on campus April 20 and included samba from Brazil, steel pan from Trinidad, bomba and plena from Puerto Rico, West African drum and dance, Hartford’s Proud Drum and Dance Drill Corp. Photography by Nick Caito.