Saturday 7.2 at 2pm at Arkadia: Open Capoeira Angola roda

Please don’t hesitate to join us at!

Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to an open Capoeira Angola roda on Saturday 7.2 at 2 pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11)

The roda will be hosted by FICA Helsinki- Capoeira angola group from Helsinki that is affiliated with Fundação Internacional de Capoeira Angola and guided by Mestre Valmir.

The group will lead its usual ritual, but would be most happy if people would come and join, by watching, (playing, singing along if familiar). At the end of the roda, any questions regarding capoeira and its meanings would be welcomed and encouraged.


Warm regards,


Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the bookshop is suggested and would be most welcome. Arkadia wouldn’t exist without this act of generosity. If you have no loose change or coins we gladly accept payment via Visa Electron or Mastercard etc. !

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music and is most of the times referred to as a game. It was developed in Brazil mainly by African descendants with native Brazilian influences, probably beginning in the 16th century.

The most widely accepted origin of the word capoeira comes from the Tupi words ka’a (“jungle”) e pûer (“it was”), referring to the areas of low vegetation in the Brazilian interior where fugitive slaves would hide.

The roda is a circle formed by capoeristas and capoeira musical instruments, where every participant sings the songs (often in Portuguese but also in African languages like Kikongo and Yoruba), while two capoeristas play the game within the circle.

On 26 November 2014 Capoeira gained the UN cultural heritage status.