Brazilian weekend will put you in a spin

Capoeira in action.
Capoeira in action.

A dynamic art with its roots on the far side of the Atlantic will be making a special appearance in north Northumberland next weekend.

Capoeira was developed as a means of self-defence centuries ago by slaves brought from Africa to Brazil, but now combines dance, music and philosophy.

And for the first time outside its South American homeland, a graduation ceremony – where a student is invested as a teacher – will bring Alnwick’s week of Olympic celebrations to a close.

As well as a graduation ceremony and workshops, which run on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, in the Northumberland Hall, there will also be performances and plenty of Brazilian food, drink, music and dancing.

Practitioners, known as capoeiristas, from Europe and as far a way as Brazil will be joining this event with special guests including Mestre Nenel, the founder of the Filhos de Bimba Escola de Capoeira, which has a centre in Newcastle.

Paul Tutleman, one of those graduating, said: “Whether you are completely new to the art or an experienced player, we invite you to join in the festivities, workshops and the graduation ceremony.”

Festival of Alnwick co-ordinator Karen Larkin said: “This event is part of the Olympic Torch celebrations being held in Alnwick and gives a flavour of the 2016 games in Brazil.

“This event has never ever been held outside of Brazil so it is a huge thing for Alnwick.”

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