The Agricultural Hall will fill with the sound of forró music and the smell of sweet rice this Sunday for the Island’s first Brazil Fest.

The schedule is packed with family-friendly events including musical chairs and face painting. Quadrilha, a type of dance similar to square dancing that is popular in Brazil, will be on offer throughout the day between different musical acts. 

The event is being put together by the Building Bridges Coalition, a new group compromised of Island organizations and individuals working to foster a more inclusive community.

Pricila Vilaça is on the board of Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program, one of the founding members of the coalition. She has been dreaming of hosting an event like this for years.

“In Brazil, our culture is a very rich culture. We have the food, the music, dancing,” Ms. Vilaça said. “We love to show this for different communities.”

The event is loosely inspired by Festas Juninas, a festival that celebrates, among other things, Brazilian rural culture. Given the number of farms on Martha’s Vineyard and the fact that the event will be hosted at the Agricultural Hall, Ms. Vilaça hopes that rural roots will be a point of connection for Brazilian and non-Brazilian Islanders.

“This is a huge opportunity for us to combine the Brazilian rural culture with the American one,” she said.

In addition to showcasing culture, the organizers are using the event to connect the Brazilian population with a variety of organizations that provide resources for Islanders, including the Board of Health and Martha’s Vineyard Community Services.

“Many folks do not know all the services that are available to them,” said Sara Barnes, executive director of Martha’s Vineyard Mediation Program. “Equally, nonprofit directors are often saying we don’t have the Brazilian community as part of the work that we do.”

Some of the organizations tabling at the event will have members who speak Brazilian Portuguese on hand to talk to any non-English speakers in attendance. Each organization is responsible for arranging their own translated materials or interpreters, according to Ms. Barnes.

“Some folks have officially translated their literature into Portuguese,” she said. “When I’ve spoken to directors about that, they said this gives us the opportunity to do something we should have done a long time ago.”

The organizers said they are already looking ahead to the future as Ms. Vilaça hopes to make Brazil Fest an annual event.

“This is a way to build bridges among communities, not only Americans and Brazilians, but all our communities on the Island,” Ms. Vilaça said. “We are married here, having kids here, people are growing up here. We are going to be bounded forever, so I would like for more people to know about the culture they are growing up with.”

Brazil Fest takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday at the Agricultural Hall in West Tisbury.