July 2014 Open Charity Roda

It’s that time of month again, the open roda time. We invite you all to come to the Out of the Blue centre in Leith for an inclusive, friendly few hours of capoeira. As with every charity roda we have nominated a cause to donate the profits of the day — please give generously in aid of the British Heart Foundation.

  • 4pm, Sunday 6 July
  • The Cutting Room (buzzer 36)
  • Out of the Blue Arts Centre
  • Leith

Note the unusual time! Four o’clock, earlier than our normal start. Join us.

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June Open Charity Roda

Once a month we invite all you lovely capoeiristas of Scotland for a chance to play and raise funds for good causes.

The June open roda is on the horizon so add the date to your calendar, ensure your wardrobe is sharp and you have energy to give. Join us!

  • 5–7pm, 8 June 2013
  • Cutting Room (buzzer 36), Out of the Blue Arts Centre, Edinburgh

As evidence of the regular work we do here is a montage of the extra-special Christmas charity roda. We raised money for Baron’s Haugh nature reserve run by the RSPB.

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Knockengorroch 2014 World Ceilidh

We’re going to Knockengorroch 2014 World Ceilidh (22–25 May) for several days to have workshops, rodas and demonstrations. If you’re going to be there come and say hello! If you weren’t going to be there I’ve just given you a reason to come.

Highland cow

Knockengorroch Highland Cow by Will Cowan

We’ll be in the following locations at the following times (and there might be a few more ‘impromptu’ sessions elsewhere so keep your ears peeled for the tone of the berimbau).

  • Friday: Sheiling Stage, 3.30–4.20. Demo and workshop.
  • Saturday: Tallyn workshop marquee, 11–12 noon.
  • Sunday: Tigtri kids’ tent. Demo and workshop. Please check the board outside the kids’ tent to confirm the time.

There will also be many other acts, local and international, to get your cultural teeth into. It’ll be good, and with luck even dry!

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April Open Charity Roda

Mão no Chão open their doors to the Capoeira world for a charity roda once a month, bring your love of the game and respect for each other. The Open Charity Roda is taking place in Out of the Blue in Edinburgh, in the cutting room, on Sunday April the 27th.roda-workshop-dion-march-2014

This month charity roda will raise money for FareShare and their work with poverty and food waste in the UK.

Welcome to participate, to watch the roda, to bring friends along. Entry by donation.

  • The date: Sunday, 27 April 2014
  • The time: 5pm
  • Out of the Blue, cutting room
    (buzzer number 036 or 041)
    36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh

See you all there!

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Last minute Glasgow cancellation

Due to unforeseen circumstances tomorrow night’s class in Glasgow (17 April) will be without a teacher. There will still be people there to train with but if you’re a newcomer this is probably not the best day to turn up! Thanks for understanding.

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Second session for Glasgow?

The Glasgow group haven’t had much luck with venues in recent years, with troubles ranging from destruction by fire to bankruptcy. But we are not to be deterred! Our regular Thursday evening sessions continue at the Overnewton Recreation Centre (see the Classes page for more details) and we’re in the final stages of adding a second session.

We hope this will provide extra opportunity for the current group and maybe provide that much needed chance for new people to join us.

More details about the location and time when we’ve got it all sorted! Until then, we are still active and still training — and still welcoming new members. Why not pop in this Thursday?

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March Open Charity Roda

Mão no Chão open their doors to the Capoeira world for a charity roda once a month, bring your love of the game and respect for each other. The Open Charity Roda is taking place in Out of the Blue in Edinburgh, in the cutting room, on Sunday March the 23rd.dion-nick-manuel

This month charity roda will raise money for DARF.

Welcome to participate, to watch the roda, to bring friends along.

  • The date: Sunday, 23 March 2014
  • The time: 5pm
  • Out of the Blue, cutting room
    (buzzer number 036 or 041)
    36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh

See you all there!

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Workshop with Contra-mestre Dion

Movement and music sessions both days, with rodas when the vibe is good. Both days at the Morningside United Church, 15 Chamberlain Road, Edinburgh. EH10 4DJ.

DionMore details to follow, likely having a wee house party on the Saturday night. If you give us enough warning we should be able to sort out accommodation for those coming from afar but bring mats/sleeping bags too if you have them.

Contra-Mestre Dion created Mao No Chao Capoeira in Scotland around 12 years ago and continues his work in Crete and Australia. He has invited Mestre Marrom to Scotland regularly over the years and was officially made a Contra-Mestre by him 2 years ago.

This a great opportunity to train with a very skilled European teacher: Dion is known for his fun, relaxed classes, with training domination for those who are into it.

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Upcoming events

We’ve got a couple of upcoming events which we’re excited about. More detailed information and confirmation of times when we have it.

Demonstration and Q&A at Edinburgh University

We’ll be doing a brief demonstration and maybe get some audience participation at an event at Edinburgh University. We’ve had some successful sessions here in the past, most recently when Dr Matthias Assunçao gave a talk about Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian stick-fighting as part of Black History Month.

Open Charity Roda

pandeiro_piolhoOur regular monthly fundraising event where we aim to bring together the capoeiristas from near and far in Edinburgh, in Scotland and anyone else passing through. The date is not confirmed yet but it will probably be something like this:

  • 5–7pm
  • Sunday February 2014
  • Cutting Room, Buzzer 036, Out of the Blue Arts Centre, Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh
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Newsround and Charity Roda!

We’re back training and things are kicking off already. Big thanks to Capoeira Angola Manchester and Mestre Roberval for their workshop a few weeks ago, it was sweet and there was loads of great Feijoada.

Our Charity Rodas are back on this weekend, 5pm Sunday 26th in the Cutting Room at Out of the Blue, Edinburgh, raising funds for Syrian Refugees (again). All welcome, entry by donation. We’re in the cutting room again so prepare to get sweaty!

Contra-Mestre Dion is back in Scotland! Our teacher Dion Dragas will be in Scotland for a week from Friday 7th to Wednesday 12th March, doing a workshop in Edinburgh on the 8th and 9th and taking the Tuesday session in Edinburgh on the 10th. Stay tuned for more info….

Contra-Mestre Dion created Mao No Chao Capoeira in Scotland around 12 years ago and continues his work in Crete and Australia, and visits Scotland around twice a year.

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