Senzala is an association created in November 1996, and this year it celebrates 20 years of existence.
Its goal is broadcasting, in France and Europe, the Afro-Brazilian culture, outcome of the mixing of African slaves, Indians from Latin America, and the European colonizers.
The Senzala Association has set itself the goal of specifically developing Brazilian culture, including "Capoeira", which is a synthesis of dance, fight and acrobatic moves.
From our point of view, art the best way to express our culture ?
Capoeira was created by African slaves at the time of slave repression. It made it possible for them to express themselves and defend themselves against the oppressive system.
Capoeira is both an art, a sport and a martial art.
The interest in this culture is increasingly growing since it comes to counter the usual "snapshots" from Brazil.
Senzala claims a greater awareness of this Afro-Brazilian popular culture.

General objectives of the association:

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Create cross-cultural exchanges through educational work (in the form of courses and internships).

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Organization and realization of the International Festival of Capoeira and Brazilian culture in Montpellier.

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Create and disseminate shows.

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Organize meetings, festivals or actively participate in projects with the objectives is the dissemination of African south -American culture.

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enable socially deprived audienceto have access to cultural events.

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Learning capoeira as well as Brazilian dances

Since the establishment of regular courses of Capoeira , Senzala were established in Montpellier and other cities like Sete, Arles, Nimes, Beziers, Perpignan,Lyon Périgueux etc...

Since 1997, the Senzala Association of organizes the International Festival of Capoeira and Brazilian culture in Montpellier with the support of the General Council of Hérault and the City of Montpellier.

IN HÉRAULT, IT IS ON AVERAGE 500 PEOPLE EACH YEAR DISCOVERINGand PRACTICING CAPOEIRA

Additionally, THE Senzala association gives regularly dance, music and CAPOEIRAPERFORMANCES EVERYWHERE around FRANCE AND EUROPE.