Project Capoeira is the instrumental organizer, promoter, and participant of Brazilian Day Philadelphia. As a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, the mission of Project Capoeira is to promote intercultural understanding and a sense of community through arts education and social outreach. The organization works to preserve, develop and share Capoeira, a Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, games, music, and dance. Project Capoeira takes a lead role in promoting Brazilian culture in the Philadelphia area.
Through instruction and demonstration, Project Capoeira fosters community and intercultural understanding and builds confidence and positive citizenship among all groups, including undeserved communities and Latino youth. Now in existence for 15 years, Project Capoeira is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing the rich artistic tradition of Capoeira to the Philadelphia area. Each year, Project Capoeira enriches the lives of thousands of individuals through public performances, street festivals, community workshops, and regular classes.
Brazilian Day Philadelphia celebrates the Brazilian Independence Day. The festival celebrates, promotes, and shares Brazilian arts and culture while fostering intercultural exchange and uniting the Brazilian community. The festival presents a high energy experience with Brazilian arts and culture designed to engage, educate, and inspire participants in the Greater Philadelphia region. In addition, the festival empowers and unifies the Brazilian community by celebrating the diverse ethnic heritage that makes Brazil unique and rich in cultural pride. Brazilian Day Philadelphia has become one of the most popular events in the annual PECO Multicultural Series.
Brazilian Day Philadelphia returns to celebrate Brazil’s rich culture and traditions in 2016. Festival participants can enjoy an abundant variety of authentic foods and merchandise as they watch performers light up the stage with the contagious Brazilian rhythms and dances. The festival will showcase Samba, Forro, Pagode, Capoeira, Samba-Reggae, and more, featuring a unique blend of Brazilian culture.
The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing is one of the city’s premier locations for outdoor concerts and festivals. The site offers panoramic views of the Philadelphia skyline, the Delaware River, and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge as well as a unique waterfront ambiance for events that is unrivaled in the Philadelphia region
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Brazilian Day Philadelphia
Part of the PECO Multicultural Series
Sunday, 9/8/2019, 1pm - 7pm
@Great Plaza, Penn's Landing
Sunday 9/8 Performance Schedule
The History of Brazilian Independence Day
The Independence of Brazil comprised a series of political events that occurred in 1821–1824, most of which involved disputes between Brazil and Portugal regarding the call for independence presented by the Brazilian Empire. It is celebrated on September 7, the anniversary of the September 7, 1822 date regent Prince Dom Pedro declared Brazil's independence from Portugal. Formal recognition came with a treaty signed by Brazil and Portugal in autumn, 1825.
Origin of Brazil
The land now called Brazil was claimed by Portugal in April 1500, on the arrival of the Portuguese fleet commanded by Pedro Álvares Cabral. The Portuguese encountered Indigenous nations divided into several tribes, most of whom shared the same Tupi-Guaraní language family, and shared and disputed the territory.
Though the first settlement was founded in 1532, colonization was effectively started in 1534, when Dom João III divided the territory into fifteen hereditary captaincies. This arrangement proved problematic, however, and in 1549 the king assigned a Governor-General to administer the entire colony. The Portuguese assimilated some of the native tribes while others slowly disappeared in long wars or by European diseases to which they had no immunity.
A Independência do Brasil ocorreu em 7 de setembro de 1822. A partir desta data o Brasil deixou de ser uma colônia de Portugal. A proclamação foi feita por D. Pedro I as margens do riacho do Ipiranga em São Paulo.
A Independência do Brasil é um dos fatos históricos mais importantes de nosso país, pois marca o fim do domínio português e a conquista da autonomia política. Muitas tentativas anteriores ocorreram e muitas pessoas morreram na luta por este ideal. Podemos citar o caso mais conhecido: Tiradentes. Foi executado pela coroa portuguesa por defender a liberdade de nosso país, durante o processo da Inconfidência Mineira.
Dia do Fico
Em 9 de janeiro de 1822, D. Pedro I recebeu uma carta das cortes de Lisboa, exigindo seu retorno para Portugal. Há tempos os portugueses insistiam nesta ideia, pois pretendiam recolonizar o Brasil e a presença de D. Pedro impedia este ideal. Porém, D. Pedro respondeu negativamente aos chamados de Portugal e proclamou : "Se é para o bem de todos e felicidade geral da nação, diga ao povo que fico."
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