FICA Philadelphia 20th Anniversary @ Odunde Festival 2016

posted Apr 8, 2016, 2:39 PM by FICA Philadelphia   [ updated Jun 9, 2016, 5:50 AM ]

EVENT SCHEDULE (subject to change):

-Thursday evening- [Location: African American Museum of Philadelphia // 701 Arch St.]
7pm-10pm: Screening of "Jogo de Corpo" (documentary by Mestre Cobra Mansa) & Opening Reception

-Friday- [Location: MLK Recreation Center // 2101 Cecil B. Moore Ave] 
10am-4pm: Volunteer Projects @ Partner Community Organizations (details TBA)
4:30pm -6:30pm: Music Workshop 
6:30pm -8:30pm: Movement Workshop

-Saturday[Location: MLK Recreation Center // 2101 Cecil B. Moore Ave] 
7am-8:30am: Early Morning Training
10am-12pm: Movement Workshop
11am-12pm: Youth Workshop (Free)
12pm-1pm: Lunch (provided)
1pm-2pm: Panel Discussion with Mestres and Dr. Ken Dossar
2pm-5pm: Movement Workshop
8pm: Festa (details TBA) 

-Sunday[Location:  Corner of 23rd St. & Bainbridge St.
11am-1pm: Odunde Procession
2pm-6pm: Roda de Branco

$110 - All event activities (includes event t-shirt)
$45 - Friday activities only
$80 - Saturday activities only
$30 - Individual session/workshop fee

$15 - Event t-shirt (limited availability)

2015 FICA-PHILADELPHIA Bananeira-thon

posted Apr 8, 2016, 2:37 PM by FICA Philadelphia

This year, FICA-Philadelphia is hosting a Bananeira-thon fundraiser! Our goal is to bring three FICA mestres (teachers) from Brazil to Philadelphia in June 2016. Mestre Jurandir, Mestre Valmir & Mestre Cobra Mansa will provide workshops, lessons, and participate in our annual Odunde Festival roda

The word bananeira describes a deceptive, balancing handstand movement in which the feet can be used to strike or attack.  Like other movements, bananeira takes some years to perfect and represents one’s ability to play Capoeira.  The sway and balance of this movement resembles the tall banana tree called by its name in Brasilian Portuguese, bananeiraThe bananeira is thought to have originated from the use of the handstand by an Nganga (Bantu healers and spiritual leaders) by showing their spiritual connection to the ancestors who walk on their hands in the spirit world.

Similar to a regular marathon, participants in a bananeira-thon seek sponsors for the distance that they can ‘walk’.  But in the case of bananeira-thon, this distance must be walked upside-down in a handstand

Here's how you can contribute:

1) Come early to our November Roda and sponsor a member of our group by pledging $1-$2 per foot walked in bananeira, or contribute a flat-rate $$ donation! 

2) Click below to donate a flat-rate amount:

We hope you can support our effort!


Spring 2014 Fundraising!

posted Apr 20, 2014, 11:25 AM by FICA Philadelphia   [ updated Apr 20, 2014, 8:20 PM ]

Join us for our Vadiação in Clark Park on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 12-4pm.

We will also be raising funds for our FICA Philly family as we are working hard to bring several guest teachers with many years of experience in Capoeira Angola to lead workshops and participate in cultural events in Philadelphia this summer.

In the spirit of supporting our work, we will be holding a raffle for a chance to win some excellent prizes. These include the following:
  • A delicious variety of homemade canned goods delivered to your home.
  • Your very own berimbau
  • One month of small group salsa classes
  • One month of 1-on-1 guitar lessons
  • One month of Capoeira Angola classes with FICA Philadelphia.
  • A film-making session with filmmaker Aidan Un.
  • A custom photo shoot just for you (and your crew!)
More prizes will be revealed as we get closer to the raffle.
Buy your tickets now!  
Event Details
Where - Clark Park (43rd St & Baltimore Ave)
- Saturday, May 3rd
- 12pm-4pm

We hope to see you there!

FICA Philadelphia

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