Afro-Brazilian Martial Art on Show at Capoeira Exchange, Featuring Free Instruction, Spirited Performances and a Vibrant Procession Through the Iconic Downtown Landmark

Downtown’s historic Union Station celebrates the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Sunday, August 21 with a blast of Brazilian culture featuring an exhilarating and interactive Capoeira Exchange as part of Metro Art Presents.  Masters of the rhythmic Afro-Brazilian art form will offer guests an extraordinary opportunity to learn Capoeira with free lessons on the station’s South Patio followed by a festive procession through the iconic Grand Waiting Room and a breathtaking roda (performance).

Developed in the 16th century by West Africans in Brazil, Capoeira is a hypnotic Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music, known for quick and complex moves, with a wide variety of kicks, spins, and remarkable aerial techniques.

The Capoeira Exchange will bring together L.A.’s Capoeira community to play, share and exchange knowledge of this energetic art form with the public and will include:

  • 12:45 pm

    Free Capoeira instruction on the South Patio

  • 1:00 – 1:30pm

    Capoeira Procession inside station (adjacent to Starbucks)

  • 1:30-4:00pm Muito Tempo and Saracuru to host a roda (performance) on the South Patio.

Metro Art Presents showcases free arts and cultural programs at historic Union Station. Produced by Metro Art, the diverse, all ages programming is designed to creatively activate the landmark station, engage the Los Angeles community and attract new riders.

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