This month eight young women from Nukanti´s flagship program Playing for Freedom took part in the 2nd National Gathering of Female Capoeiristas which was held on August 16 in Bogotá, Colombia. The aim of the gathering was to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of women inclusion in the capoeira circles in the country, and to provide a space for female capoeiristas to exchange practical knowledge and experience.
During the event our youth had the chance to discuss and play together with another 35 female leaders representing the Capoeira Nativos group in Bogotá and other cities in Colombia. This important forum allowed them to share their experience with Nukanti´s Playing for Freedom program in Ciudad Bolívar, a shantytown on the outskirts of Bogotá, and how it has contributed to their personal development.
The event included discussions as well as practical workshops on topics such as musicality, singing and playing instruments, capoeira movements and acrobatics, etc. The atmosphere of the event was one of mutual sharing and learning where all participants contributed with their knowledge and experience.
Being able to attend different events is very important for the Playing for Freedom youth as it allows them to exchange experience with other capoeiristas, take part in interesting workshops, have their achievements recognised and, most importantly, feel part of a larger community that transcends their reality of exclusion, poverty and violence. We are currently running a crowdfunding campaign mainly aimed at sponsoring our youth to participate in the batizado, or graduation ceremony, in Villavicencio at the end of October 2015 so if you wish you can make a contribution here.