ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco Celebrates 22nd Batizado and Graduation Ceremony

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World-Renowned Capoeiristas, Including Mestre Morcego, Join Mestra Cigarra for Three Day Workshop and Event

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF), the Bay Area's first non-profit organization dedicated to recovering, preserving, and promoting Afro-Brazilian culture, will celebrate its 22nd Batizado and Graduation Ceremony on November 3 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at ACSF, 3221 22nd Street in San Francisco. The event will feature visiting guest artists from Brazil, Canada and other parts of the United States, including Mestre Morcego from Rio de Janeiro.

Through the batizado the public can witness the traditional aspects of capoeira, including the initiation of new students, as well view the skills of some of ABADÁ-Capoeira’s top experts. In the week leading up to the batizado, Mestre Morcego, who has over three decades of experience, will lead a workshop series at ACSF’s Capoeira Arts Center, accompanied by the visiting professors and instructors.

“The Mission has been traditionally known for having a mixture of cultures that combine together to create a unique and vibrant community,” said Marcia Treidler, a.k.a. Mestra Cigarra, Artistic Director of ACSF. “We value being part of the Mission, and we want to invite the community to witness the art and culture of capoeira.”

For more information about the batizado and workshop series, visit abada.org.

About ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco

ABADÁ-Capoeira San Francisco (ACSF) is an award winning non-profit organization that works to preserve, develop, and share the martial art of capoeira with integrity, and to use capoeira to ignite positive change in individuals and in communities. The organization addresses social and economic disparities that exist in our communities by offering high-quality, accessible instructional and performance programs for youth and adults, led by world-class artists. It integrates diverse communities and inspires civic responsibility, and personal and athletic success through physical, artistic, cultural, health education.

ACSF shares its name and philosophy with ABADÁ-Capoeira, short for the Brazilian Association for the Support and Development of the Art of Capoeira, an international organization of over 40,000 members founded by Mestre Camisa. Based in Rio de Janeiro, ABADÁ-Capoeira is now the largest Capoeira organization in the world and is represented in more than 22 countries.

For more information about ACSF, visit http://www.abada.org.

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