Capoeira Wiki-Word of the Week: Forte da Capoeira (Update)
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This week's Capoeira Wiki-Word is:
Forte da Capoeira
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Originally known as the Forte de Santo Antônio Além do Carmo...
It goes back to a fortification campaign, the first of the Dutch invasions of Brazil (1624-1625), in which it was used to battle the invaders.
Later, when the looting and burning of ships in the port of Salvador by Dutch pirates (1627), this primitive structure was hastily repaired.
According to Garrido (1940), the Notice of March 9, 1830 the property was transferred to the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Justice (op. cit., P. 90), which installed the Cadeia de Correção [it became a prison]: it held the African-Brazilians captured in the Malês Revolt (1835).
Protected by the Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN) since 1981, in that same year passed a reform to house the Center for Popular Culture. The implementation of this was supported by the Institute of Artistic and Cultural Heritage of the State of Bahia (IPAC), the Cultural Foundation of Bahia (FUNCEB) and the Municipality of Salvador. In the period 1982 to 1988, the Bloco Afro Ilê Ayiê rehearsed at the fort. In 1990, the activities of the Center for Popular Culture was practically disabled and only two schools of Capoeira, the Capoeira Angola Sports Center, Master Pastinha, and Grupo de Capoeira Angola Pelourinho, Mestre Moraes remained at the fort.
The premises of the fort came to be occupied by marginalized populations, and with this, the monument was in a state of ruin.
Upon completion of renovation work in late 2006, the fort was reopened as Forte da Capoeira - Reference Center, Research and Memory in Capoeira of Bahia, an institution that aims to preserve and promote Capoeira.
Since November 5, 2007, with the new state government, the fort now has a new management, through the IPAC and the Government of the State of Bahia.
Today there are multiple capoeira schools that all have classes at the fort. Mestres Moraes, Boca Rica, Curió, as well as the school of the late Mestre João Pequeno de Pastinha, and others can be found offering classes at the fort. It's a unique bit of capoeira tourism not to be missed by capoeiristas visiting Bahia.