Montes Claros (MG) Brazil
In 1983 Mestre Marreta started the capoeiraschool Escola de Capoeira Berimbau de Ouro for children and adolescents in his town Montes Claros (Minas Gerais state) in Brazil.
Since the start the school developed many other activities, while capoeira remained the main attraction.
Teachers are mestre Lezin, professores Nelinho and Pascoal and Negao.
In 2020 the Projeto Connexion is taking place in the school. The school organizes (or organized) courses like: working with wood, making clothes, making musical instruments, music and dance classes, silk screen, gardening, renovating old furniture, painting and hairdressing.
The Brazilian activities are organized by the Associação de Capoeira Berimbau de Ouro.
At least once a year the school hosts an international exchange event, where capoeira friends from Europe and other regions of Brazil take part. In 2020 a group of students from our group in Rotterdam will visit the school with their teacher professor Pedro Leão.
We had several editions of ‘Capoeira Pensa’, which reunited masters, teachers and students to debate not only capoeira, but also their involvement with ecological, social and historical subjects and projects. In 2020 we’ll resume our collaboration with the local universities in the Connexion project, offering our spaces and facilities for the university students, who want to put their theoretical knowledge into practice.