Social Capoeira projects in Europe.

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FICA Capoeira Angola Stockholm

Project

FICA Capoeira Angola Stockholm

Location

Stockholm, Sweden

Target

A majority immigrant community in Stockholm

Impact

Asa has been practicing Capoeira and training students in Capoeira for over 30 years in Sweden. She has spent significant time in Brazil practicing and learning Capoeira. There, she trained street children and children at the academy in the countryside of Brazil where she was living.

In Tensta, a suburb of Stockholm with a majority conservative, immigrant community (mainly Syrians and Somalis), she teaches Capoeira classes to the kids there with less opportunities than native Swedes. As she participated in a government-funded Stockholm Leaders Education program, she brought two Capoeira students (one Eritrean-born and one Sweden-born of Gambian descent) to Brazil on a field trip to teach them about the roots of Capoeira.

Topics

Marginalised communities
Free4Kids

Contact

Åsa Gustavii
E-mail: ficasweden@yahoo.se

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London School of Capoeira Herança: LSCapoeira Charity

Project

London School of Capoeira Herança: LSCapoeira Charity

Location

London, UK

Target

The London School of Capoeira Charity was established in 1995 to promote Capoeira as a cultural instrument as well as an educational tool. The charity reaches out to communities and individuals, facilitating joyful learning experiences of one of the most popular and enriching elements of the cultural heritage of Brazil, Capoeira.

Impact

The London School of Capoeira (LSC) champions wellbeing, health and a positive lifestyle through the practice and promotion of Capoeira and works to establish Capoeira as a mainstream art form in the UK.
The directors and members of the LSC work together to promote these values (wellbeing, health and positive lifestyle) through the art of Capoeira among children, adults, senior adults and minorities groups. Our work is extensive covering primary and secondary schools, arts and sport centres, theatres and museums in London and throughout the UK.

Topics

Arts
Education
Music
Children and Youth development
Culture

Contact

Website: http://www.londonschoolofcapoeira.com/component/k2/item/109-lsc-charity
Email: info@londonschoolofcapoeira.com

Social Media:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/176084979200/
Twitter: @londoncapoeira

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True Citizens Play For Nepal

Project

True Citizens Play For Nepal

Location

London, U.K. & Swoyombhu, Nepal

Target

True Citizens Play for Nepal hosts Capoeira classes, events and workshops in London. The proceeds from these workshops then go to the Aangan Foundation Nepal, a non-governmental organization working for the welfare of children in need and empowering women of rural Nepal with the motto “Together we can create a better society.”

Impact

The goal of the Aangan Foundation Nepal is to design, develop and implement social development programmes and activities including income generation, awareness and capacity building which are sustainable, environment friendly and beneficial to women, youth, children and the community at large. True Citizens Play for Nepal aims to support Nepalis in need as well. Lastly, True Citizens Play for Nepal hosts Capoeira classes for children in Swoyombhu, Nepal.

Topics

Arts
Education
Music
Children and Youth development

Contact

https://www.facebook.com/groups/688362574602624/

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Aluaiê Capoeira: The Afro-Brazilian Arts & Cultural Exchange Institute

Project

Aluaiê Capoeira: The Afro-Brazilian Arts & Cultural Exchange Institute

Location

London, Essex, Sussex & Kent, U.K.

Target

The Afro-Brazilian Arts & Cultural Exchange Institute is a charity based at the heart of London, which objective is to promote and to use Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian Arts to improve the life of the members of the community.Their projects include a Children’s Project, Parent & Children Project, Young people’s Project (11 to 17 years old), Special Needs Children’s Project, Vulnerable Adults Integration Project, Partially or totally visually impaired.

Impact

Capoeira Kids Classes at the Afro-Brazilian Arts & Cultural Exchange Institute are open to younger children and their parents. This way, children get a better sense of maintaining closeness, developing family unity, strengthening the degree of trust and bonding between each other, and improving the quality of life of the family as one. Their classes solely for children, aged 3-12, open them to interacting with each other, growing and learning Capoeira in a safe, nurturing and positive environment.

Children have the opportunity to develop their own style, to learn and be challenged by the movements passed on to them. Teachers encourage kids to interact with each other in singing and instrument playing. This course invites children to discover, explore and learn the beauty and mysteries of the Brazilian culture. But most of all, our Capoeira classes are based on having fun, as a mediator for learning.

Topics

Arts
Music
Children and youth development

Contact

Email: community@culturalexchange.org.uk
Website: http://culturalexchange.org.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MestrandoJ

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East London Capoeira: Project Gem

Project

East London Capoeira: Project Gem

Location

London, U.K.

Target

Founded in 2000, Project Gem is a UK registered charity (No. 1090376) that uses arts activities as a means of engaging inner-city children within society. Project Gem primarily works in the UK and Brazil. It first began by using a Brazilian youth project called Grupo de Capoeira Ginga e Malicia (GCGM), as its blueprint. Founded and run by Mestre Marinheiro, GCGM has worked successfully with Capoeira in Salvador, Brazil, for more than 17 years – project Gem has been similarly successful.

Impact

In 2000, Project Gem teamed up with Simon Atkinson (Mestre Fantasma) of East London Capoeira (ELC) to offer free capoeira classes to young people.  In the last 10 years, the influence of capoeira in London has expanded beyond recognition. However, Project Gem and Mestre Fantasma continue to pioneer London capoeira in youth projects.  Project Gem and ELC share a vision of grass-roots capoeira in London, where young people are encouraged to play capoeira with adults from all social backgrounds and nationalities.  This reflects the learning environment of the best capoeira groups in Brazil, which produce some of the most talented and inspiring capoeira players of this generation. They believe that the new projects started today in London will produce some of the next generation’s finest capoeira players, capable of interacting with confidence in a unique and increasingly global community.

Topics

Arts
Music
Children and youth development

Contact

Website: http://www.capoeira.co.uk/what-is-project-gem/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eastlondoncapoeira/

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Projeto Regional Beiru

Project

UNICAR München: Projeto Regional Beiru

Location

Munich, Germany & Beiru, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Target

Projeto Regional Beiru reaches children from socially disadvantaged families in Brazil.

Impact

Enabled by the Projeto Regional Beiru, three young capoeiristas from Beiru visited Germany and Austria to get to know another culture and perspective. Project Beiro also gives free capoeira lessons to children from socially disadvantaged families.

Topics

Arts
Music
Children and youth development
Intercultural understanding

Contact

Mestre Saguin
E-mail: kontakt@capoeira-muenchen.de
Website: http://www.capoeira-muenchen.de/contact/beiru-bahia-brasilien/?L=1
Twitter: https://twitter.com/CapoeiraUNICAR
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/UNICARMUC/