Programme (EN)

“Capoeira Angola in Neuchâtel: A Rendezvous with a World of Colour” looks at past and present slavery through the prism of Capoeira Angola, a movement both artistic and bodily also described as a liberating dance, fight and acrobatic martial art of Afro-Brazilians. This week will also pay particular attention to modern forms of slavery and aims to promote the fight against social inequalities and racial discrimination.

If you would like to know more about the spirit of this gathering and the origin of “World of Colour”, please click HERE for the video. 

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Programme of the Cultural Week

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Thursday 05. 09 → 5pm – 7pm

On the paths of slavery in Neuchâtel

Thematic guided tour of the old town of Neuchâtel in French and Portuguese

In cooperation with Fondation Cooperaxion (https://www.cooperaxion.org/)

Neuchâtel conceals many vestiges of the lucrative “triangular trade” of goods and humans between the 16th and 19th centuries. Guided by Cooperaxion, discover how well-known Neuchâtelois financed expeditions, traded in colonial products, and how they legitimized slavery.

Meeting place: Place du Port, next to the Tourist Office

Free of charge. Registration is requested at: info@cooperaxion.org

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Friday 06. 09 → 6pm – 10pm

Saturday 07. 09 → 10am – 3pm

Sunday 08. 09 → 10am – 6pm

Capoeira Angola Workshop with Mestre João Grande, Mestre Marrom and Contra-Mestra Tatiana

Participants will discover a set of practices based on body dialogue in pairs and proximity to the ground, while practicing an infinity of free movements with no strict choreography. To the rhythm and sound of the berimbau, you will develop and improve your coordination, flexibility and muscular resistance in a friendly atmosphere with music, through a gathering that is also dedicated to integration and non-discrimination.

Venue: Collège de la Promenade in Neuchâtel

The participation is subject to a fee.

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Registration is required at this link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1SH73-HuRQsLwhYmAGEV204XY_hbxk7unnQau9GJuzOk

For more information: info@liberart.org

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Saturday 07. 09 → 4pm – 6pm

Capoeira is Nature* quotation from Mestre João Grande

Capoeira Angola and Samba de Roda presentations with Mestre João Grande, Mestre Marrom and Contra-Mestra Tatiana

Musical instruments play an essential role in the art of Capoeira Angola since they determine the energy of the game of Capoeira. The presentation will feature musical instruments made of different materials and which have made the trip from Brazil to Neuchâtel. Come and listen, experiencing them together with the most respected and eldest Capoeira Angola Master, the renowned 86 years old Mestre João Grande.

Venue: Botanical Garden of Neuchâtel

Free entry, no registration needed

A colorful buffet will be created and offered by women from RECIF (https://recifne.ch/)

The buffet has no fixed price, but donations are requested. 

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Monday 09. 09 → 5pm – 7pm

On the paths of slavery in Neuchâtel

Thematic guided tour of the old town of Neuchâtel in French and Portuguese

In cooperation with Fondation Cooperaxion (https://www.cooperaxion.org/)

Neuchâtel conceals many vestiges of the lucrative “triangular trade” of goods and humans between the 16th and 19th centuries. Guided by Cooperaxion, discover how well-known Neuchâtelois financed expeditions, traded in colonial products, and how they legitimized slavery.

Meeting place: Place du Port, next to the Tourist Office

Free of charge. Registration is requested at: info@cooperaxion.org

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Tuesday 10. 09 → 5pm 

Brazil and Angola in stories and music

Stories from Brazil and Angola, recommended over 7 years old

Stories by Muriel Bloch and music (guitar, percussion and vocals) by Guinea Bissau’s João Mota.

Through beautiful Brazilian and Angolan stories set to music, you will approach reality, access magical worlds and undertake many reflections on the meaning of the world and of life. Beyond a trip to Africa or to the Amazon forests of Brazil, between humour and gravity, you will always hear a message about respect for others or about life in a community.

Venue: Botanical Garden of Neuchâtel

Free entry, no registration needed

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Wednesday 11. 09 → 6:30pm 

Slavery yesterday and today in the mirror of Capoeira Angola

Capoeira Angola presentation with Mestre João Grande, Mestre Marrom and Contra-Mestra Tatiana, and lecture by Professor Júlio Cesar de Souza Tavares

What are the links between Capoeira Angola, slavery and the history of Neuchâtel? Who are the slaves of today? A presentation of Capoeira Angola, followed by a lecture given by Professor Júlio Cesar de Souza Tavares, will address these issues, subtly linking past and present.

Venue: Museum of Art and History of Neuchâtel

Free entry, no registration needed

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Thursday 12. 09 → 10am – 12pm 

Slavery yesterday and today in the mirror of Capoeira Angola

Capoeira Angola presentation with Mestre João Grande, Mestre Marrom and Contra-Mestra Tatiana, and lecture by Professor Júlio Cesar de Souza Tavares

What are the links between Capoeira Angola, slavery and the history of Neuchâtel? Who are the slaves of today? A presentation of Capoeira Angola, followed by a lecture given by Professor Júlio Cesar de Souza Tavares, will address these issues, subtly linking past and present.

Venue: Museum of Art and History of Neuchâtel

Reserved for Graine de génie (https://www.grainedegeniecitoyen.ch/)

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Thursday 12. 09 → 6pm 

From the Angolan village to the Global village

Documentary screening and round table discussion

How did Capoeira Angola emerge? What has it retained from its African origins? What factors help us understand the enthusiasm and international expansion of Capoeira – and more precisely of Capoeira Angola – since the end of the 20th century?

This documentary screening “Jogo de Corpo – Capoeira e Ancestralidade ” (2013) (in Portuguese with subtitles in French) seeks to respond to these questions and will be completed by a round table discussion.

Participants of the round table: Mestre João Grande, Professor Júlio Cesar de Souza Tavares, Professor Christine Dettmann 

Moderator: Monica Aceti, Senior lecturer 

Venue: Museum of Ethnography of Neuchâtel

Free entry, no registration needed

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Friday 13. 09 → 10am – 12pm 

Slavery yesterday and today in the mirror of Capoeira Angola

Capoeira Angola presentation with Mestre João Grande, Mestre Marrom and Contra-Mestra Tatiana, and lecture by Professor Júlio Cesar de Souza Tavares

What are the links between Capoeira Angola, slavery and the history of Neuchâtel? Who are the slaves of today? A presentation of Capoeira Angola, followed by a lecture given by Professor Júlio Cesar de Souza Tavares, will address these issues, subtly linking past and present.

Venue: Museum of Art and History of Neuchâtel

Reserved for Graine de génie (https://www.grainedegeniecitoyen.ch/)

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All events will be held in Portuguese and French. Simultaneous translation is provided by Mélanie Toulhoat.