Festival Tribos, Berimbaus & Tambores

Festival Tribos, Berimbaus & Tambores


Capoeira Rescues Culture in the Inland

Published on 1st of May of 2011 in Diário do Nordeste  (Newspaper)

International event, Tribos, Berimbaus e Tambores (Tribes, Berimbaus and Drums) will be carried out in the interior of the State encouraging  capoeira.

Fortaleza. Long ago the capoeira left to be only a roda of fight, dances and music.  In all Brazil, groups re-unite to discuss, think and plan the activity as pedagogical instrument, source of research, history and culture.  In Ceará, the Tribos, Berimbaus e Tambores (Tribes, Berimbaus and Drums) – International Festival of Capoeira and Afro-descent Traditions, that is in its fourth edition, sample all the universe of the capoeira.  The event happens through May to July, in several Towns of Ceará, with realization of the Centro Cultural Capoeira Água de Beber (Cecab).

The novelty of this edition is the organization of the Festival in various towns, according to Robério Queiroz, known in the area as the Mestre Ratto.  “Here in Fortaleza, we practise the capoeira not just as sport.  It is source of historical information, for education, culture”, he says.  “Now, we are going to bring this discussion into the interior.”

The first Town to receive the caravan will be Itapipoca, from 27 to 29 of May.  Right away, the group follows to Cariri.  In Crato, the activities will be carried out from 24 to 26 of June.  In July, two cities will be headquarters of the Festival:  Cascavel, days 9 and 10; and Redencão, from 15 to 17.  In Fortaleza, the event will take place during a longer period of time from 17 to 21 of July.  Finalizing the edition, in the locality of Parajuru, in Beberibe, the last meeting will take place on 22, 23 and 24 of July.

As Mestre Ratto tells, during the last 20 years, the groups of capoeira have spread over the whole Brazil, but always with focus on the sporting practice.  The popularity arrived also to the interior.  Today, there is no town that do not have its group of capoeira, made of children, young or adults.  Now, the movement that focuses on the Afro-descent culture wants to spread capoeira as an object of research, opportunity for inclusion, socializing and strengthening the culture.

In the States of Bahia and of Rio de Janeiro, this has been already happening.  Here, according to Mestre Ratto, “we are passing through this moment now.  We do not focus only on the game, we have studied about the culture, too”.  To pass this knowledge on to professors and students, the inherent elements of capoeira are used: music, game, dances, clothing, and gastronomy.


During the three days of festival, the team traverses several places in the Town, in three moments, discussing the subject “Education, accessibility and supportive economy for the black people”.  The first one of them is at the school.  “In the schools we implement the law (lei 10.639), that speaks of the compulsory education of the Afro-descendent and African culture.  We pass the history through the musicality.  We approach the facts through the song, the importance of to be conscious about the origins of our culture, to accept to be black.  We discuss about the ethnic group with the children.  The contact with the musical instruments also enables this knowledge”, he affirmed.  The second moment of the festival is with the public power.  “We promote a meeting between professors and public power to strengthen the support for the practice of capoeira.  Beyond that, we try to show the importance and the duty in fulfilment of the commitment with the culture, leisure and education”, affirmed Mestre Ratto.  The third part of the event is festive.  The groups of capoeira in the region present their talents and their shows.

For the organizer, the Festival Tribos, Berimbaus e Tambores (Tribes, Berimbaus and Drums) is, also, moment of public usefulness.  “We show to the groups the importance of being organized like institution to obtain benefits of public procurement”, he said.  “The people that have undertaking in the area of the African studies also have their space, like production of instruments, clothes, shows”.

For Ratto, one of the main results achieved by the festivals is the approach of the families of the capoeira dancers to this art.  “It used to be the capoeira dancer alone involved before.  Today we see entire families participating”.  And, yet, the form in which the capoeira has been taught in all Brazil.  “What we have done today is studying about the capoeira for different public, mapping each age group.  Today, we have the playful capoeira, focused on children.  We have the capoeira of social integration, for youths, tackling also the creation of shows and meetings.  And we have the capoeira for adults, with emphasis in the fight, dances and research”, Ratto said.

The educator Robério Queiroz, Mestre Ratto, founder of the Cecab, lives the capoeira for almost 30 years.  At present, he is responsible to pass on, every year, capoeira and its lessons abroad.  Along his capoeira journey he formed up professors in various countries.  Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Venezuela and England are all part of the schedule of festivals and meetings about capoeira, beyond the various Brazilian Towns and Cities.

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Ethnic Group and Culture

To recognize the cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity of the Brazilian society, the Law N.º 10.639, from 9 January 2003, has established, by the directives and means of the national education, the inclusion of the obligatory topic”Afro-Brazilian History and Culture” in the official curriculum of the net of education.  Between the planned content are the study of the History of the Africa and of the Africans, the fight of the black people in Brazil, the Brazilian black culture and the black people in the formation of the national society, recovering the contribution of the black people in the economy, social areas and politics in regards to the History of Brazil.  The schools should work on these contents in the subjects of Artistic Education and Brazilian History and Literature.  In this direction, Centro Cultural Capoeira Água de Beber, founded in 2002 by Robério Baptist of Queiroz – Mestre Ratto, as he is known in the capoeira, has as a mission to value and spread the Afro-Brazilian culture and promote the social inclusion of bearers of special needs and families in situation of social vulnerability.  The Festival Tribos Berimbaus e Tambores, apart from bringing together the capoeiristas, aims to strengthen the law enforcement.


Centro Cultural Capoeira Água de Beber – Rua Pessoa Anta, 218 – Fortaleza (CE) / Contacts: (85) 8866.5835 / festivaltbt.blogspot.com

Emanuelle Lobo


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