Capoeira in a circle on UNESCO’s living cultural heritage list

Posted in // news, English, culture, capoeira 28 November 2014

via Ministério da Cultura, translation to English by Marijn Moltzer

Capoeira in a circle on UNESCO’s living cultural heritage list

Capoeira is already one of Brazil’s most famous cultural exports. And now it has been recognised as part of the world’s intangible cultural heritage by the UN’s Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The official vote took place on 26 November during the ninth session of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. The committee met at the body’s Paris headquarters from 24 to 28 November.

Capoeira for a better future

Posted in // English, capoeira 24 November 2014

By Tine Vanhee

Capoeira for a better future

It’s been 6 months now that I live in Rocinha, the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro. Every Tuesday and Thursday I play capoeira, together with more or less 40 other capoeiristas, at the dilapidated square of the biggest elementary school in the favela. Before we can train barefoot at the stone floor, we have to sweep the garbage, the glass and the bigger stones together. There is no toilet, no shower, no dressing room and no water provided, but the atmosphere is fantastic and I’ve never seen such a high level in capoeira before. Welcome to the biggest capoeira group in the biggest favela in Rio: Acorda Capoeira!

Trust

Posted in // English, news 11 November 2014

By Katy Sherriff, translation to English by Marijn Moltzer

Trust

Friday, a little after midnight. Our friend Sanderson has just left after a surprise visit when the intercom suddenly buzzes. Has Sanderson forgotten something? But no, it is Omar, our ‘zelador’: the janitor. Omar is a small balding man, well into his seventies. He and his wife, Mirta, have lived in our block’s smallest apartment for nearly 50 years. It doesn’t even have a separate bedroom. The zelador doesn’t pay rent and receives a modest salary in return for doing odd jobs in and around the apartments.

Verkiezingen in Brazilië

Posted in // news, Dutch 19 October 2014

In Brazilië stemmen ze met de buik…

Verkiezingen in Brazilië

Rio de Janeiro - Een dagelijks ritueel… bij een krantenkiosk op de straathoek in een van de armere wijken in Copacabana lezen mannen over elkaar schouders de opgehangen O Globo krant. Opmerkingen monden al snel uit in een stevig debat. De uitdrukkingen op de gezichten zeggen genoeg over hoe verdeeld de Brazilianen zijn. Elke dag wordt het volk overspoeld met nieuw onthulde corruptieschandalen en de zoveelste ‘graaiende’ politicus. De massale protesten van vorig jaar staan nog vers in het geheugen.

Door Ernst Daniel Nijboer – correspondent Rio de Janeiro

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