Sunday, May 07, 2006

Brasilian Cuisine

To really bring the culture of the Brasilian festival to Gort, the cuisine is an important aspect.
The food that is traditionally eaten is 'popcorn', 'quentao', 'canjica', 'manè pelado' and 'pè-de-moleque'.

Visitors to the festival will also be able to sample some other exotic mouth-watering Brazilian specialities including 'coldo de frango', 'rosquinha' and 'tortoa de frango'

Welcome to Capoeira!

It is hoped that this year the festival will include a display of the exicting Capoeira by a Galway city-based Brazilian group.

Capoeira is a fusion of martial arts and dance which originated amongst the African slaves in colonial Brazil. It is danced in a circle to the sound of the berimbau, a percussion instrument of African origin. Opposed by the Brasilian authorities until the beginning of the twentieth century, today Capoeira is regarded as a national sport.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

'Axè' Dance, Gort 2005

'Axè' is a contemporary Afro-Bahian pop style, incorporating samba, rock, soul and other musical influences.

Quadrilha- Bright Colourful Dancers

This festival is associated with gaiety and happiness.
To achieve this atmosphere we use colourful clothes when dancing Quadrilha.
The women wear dresses of many different patterns and shades.
The men wear checked shirts, trousers with colourful patches and straw hats.
Both the men and women paint their faces

Scenes from 2004 & 2005


'Quadrilha' is a traditional Brasilian Festival. It was introduced to Brasil by the Portuguese for whom St. John’s Day on the 24th of June is one of the oldest and most popular celebrations of the year. The festivities traditionally begin after the 12th of June, on the eve of St. Anthony’s day and last until the 29th of June which is St. Peter's Day. There are bonfires, folk dancing, fire works and feasts.

The dance called after and associated with 'Quadrilha' will be performed at the Gort festival in June. It will be danced by a number of couples led by a 'bride' and a 'groom'.