Brazilian Cultural Heritage

2008: Brazilian Cultural Heritage

After being around the world and gaining international recognition, Capoeira has become the newest recognised Brazilian Cultural Heritage. The record of this milestone was voted on the 15th July 2008 in Salvador, Bahia (Brazil), by the Conselho Consultivo do Patrimônio Cultural (Council for the Cultural Heritage) by Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (Institute of the National Historical and Artistic Heritage), which consists by 22 civil society representatives and deliberates over records and overturnings of the national heritage.

2014: Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

The ninth session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage approved, in November 2014 in Paris, the Roda de Capoeira (Capoeira circle), one of Brazil’s most internationally recognised symbols, as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. The recognition of the Roda de Capoeira, by UNESCO, is an extremely important milestone for Brazilian culture and it expresses the history of black resistance in Brazil, during and after slavery. With origins in the 17th Century, right at the slavery period, Capoeira developed as a form of sociability and solidarity amongst enslaved Africans, as a strategy to deal with control and violence. Today is it one of the greatest symbols of Brazilian identity and it is present in every corner of Brazilian territory, in addition to being practised in over 160 countries in all continents.

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