International Capoeira tournament comes to Alfas next month

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MORE THAN 150 students and trainers practicing the Art of Capoeira will descend on The Pau Gasol Pavilion in Alfas del Pi on the weekend of May 12, 13, and 14 for the annual International Festival.

The event is organised by the town council in conjunction with Arte Popular Oria Zambi and regular Alfas Capoeira teacher Carlos Tavares expects to attract participants from as far afield as Angola, Cape Verde, Brazil, Guinea, Switzerland, France, Portugal, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Spain.

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It was developed in Brazil mainly by Angolans, at the beginning of the 16th century.

It is known for its quick and complex manoeuvres, predominantly using power, speed, and leverage across a wide variety of kicks, spins and techniques.

Throughout the weekend the students will have a choice of workshop sessions to attend including Welcome Wheel and the African Percussion Course. Sessions take place from 10:00am to 2:00pm, and from 4:00pm to 9:00pm.

Other courses on offer are Capoeira de Angola, Capoeira regional, Capboxe, Maculele, Acrobatics, Afrodance, Samba, Capotrival, and Berinbalada and they will be taught at all levels.

On Sunday May 14 at 4:00pm in the Pau Gasol pavilion a farewell round will be performed featuring all the participating students and teachers from the event.

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