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Axé Fest: Celebrating 20 Years

Join us in a 5-day celebration of our 20 years as a non-profit

teaching the Afro-Brazilian martial art of Capoeira in DC!

2023 marks 20 years since CapoeiraDC was established as a non-profit organization here in Washington, DC by Contra Mestre Morcego and Professora Borboleta, with six others. Since our founding, we have grown to empower hundreds of youth, adults, and families across the District with capoeira's art form of liberation. We are holding our biggest Axé Fest to celebrate our 20 years! We will have guest Capoeira mestres and instructors from across the country.

For the DC community, We are holding free Capoeira and Samba performances and workshops across DC from Tuesday June 6 to Thursday June 8. On June 9, we will hold a theatre performance, Evolução: A Journey in Capoeira's History of Revolution. 

For visiting capoeiristas, we are holding a 3-day Capoeira Encounter from Thursday June 8 to Saturday June 10. There will be no batizado, it will be all workshops and roda so you will get lots of learning and play time with a line up of amazing, inspiring guests! 



For the DC Public:

June 6, 6-8pm: "Singing Our Songs" Oral History Panel and Demo at Sankofa Cafe (FREE)

June 7, 6-8pm: Intro to Capoeira and Samba Workshops at The Capoeira Spot (FREE)


June 8, 6-7pm: Intro to Capoeira for Families (location TBD) (FREE)


June 9, 7-10pm: "Evolucao" A Journey in Capoeira's History of Revolution at THEARC Black Box

For Visiting Capoeiristas:

June 8, 6-10pm Workshops, Roda, and Panel, "The Future of Capoeira" with guest mestres at The Capoeira Spot


June 9, 12-2pm Workshops & Roda at The Capoeira Spot


June 10, 10am-5pm: Full-day Encounter with capoeira workshops and roda at The Capoeira Spot

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