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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:30 am

Traveling around the world can be fun, but it’s a hassle.

Booking flights, finding a hotel and making an itinerary can be costly and time consuming.

Not to mention all the heavy luggage you have to carry and then pay for to check in!

Instead of going to that country you desire, why not have the country come to you?

That is what the Queens Museum is doing every week from 7 to 10 p.m. up until Aug. 21 as part of its Passport Thursdays series.

Bring a picnic blanket, some chairs or just sit on the ground at Flushing Meadows Corona Park where you can see film, music and dance from all over the world. All events are free and open to the public.

This week, take a journey to Brazil with Batala NYC.

The music and dance group is one of the only all-women Afro-Brazilian drum bands in the country.

The upbeat rhythms reassemble the music typically heard during Carnival which takes place in Salvador de Bahia each year.

Also representing Brazil is the film “The Mystery of Samba,” a documentary that captures the rich lives of a group of veteran musicians and composers from one of the top samba schools in Rio.

Singer-songwriter Marisa Monte interviews many of the musicians, and directors Carolina Jabor and Lula Buarque de Hollanda go deep into the school’s roots.

Cuba and Korea will close out the month of August.

For Cuba, the musical ensemble The Cimarron Project will be showcasing the diversity of Afro-Cuban music and dance along with lesser known forms such as the Cuban bata drumming style, Abakua music, Suku Suku and Changui, and combining these into renditions of the rumba and Cuban Son dances.

The Song Hee Lee Dance Company will be performing on the 21st for Korea, showcasing a combination of both modern and Korean dance.

Along with that will be the screening of the animated coming-of-age documentary “Approved for Adoption.”

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