Celebrating African Culture in Brazil
Yesterday I was invited to participate in a festival to celebrate African culture with students at a public school outside the city of Goiania. My roomate, Benvinda was invited to braid the students hair. She is very talented at it and braided my hair about 3 weeks ago for one of our soccer matches! She asked if I wanted to come along and do some kind of art project for the students. I bought some paper last week for my project at Centro Cultural and the owner gave me a bunch of colored scraps for free and this was the perfect opportunity to use the material.
The festival began with a presentation by the students with music and dance. The students then acted out a performance talking about the history of africa. It concluded with one of the directors talking about the influence of African culture in Brazil and he also spoke about the US and President Obama. Here are some of the pics from the event!
For my project, I decided to make paper jewely and flowers with the students. Next time perhaps something more related to the subject..anyway, they loved it! and I was amazed at how quickly they picked up the techniques. The students were very welcoming and helpful with my portuguese! It is possible I will return there to do another activity with the students, something more planned before I leave next month. This was a last minute invite but well worth the trip. It was an experience I will never forget!
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