From the Archives: History of the Academy of João Pequeno de Pastinha

This short history of Mestre João Pequeno’s school in the Forte do Santo Antônio Alem do Carmo was published in June of this year (2007) in the Diário de São Jorge, based in the state of Goiás. You can read the whole thing (in Portuguese) here.

Inaugurated in 1982, following the death of Mestre Pastinha, the Academia de João Pequeno de Pastinha had a great influence on the renovation of the Historic Center of Salvador (Pelourinho)… Continue reading “From the Archives: History of the Academy of João Pequeno de Pastinha”

On the Move at the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

FICA DC joined Mestre João Grande and Mestre Jelon Vieira at the 2017 Folklife Festival. Immigration and migration through cross-cultural and inter-generational dialogue was the program’s theme, offering a perfect platform for presenting the art of Capoeira Angola. The bateria accompanied two rodas side by side for an uninterrupted span of games between practitioners from academies across the globe. For what felt more like a Capoeira family reunion than a public demonstration, the opportunity to diffuse knowledge of Capoeira to a diverse and interested audience was not lost.