Cultural Aspects of the Northeast Region (continued)


Capoeira is a Brazilian cultural expression that mixes martial art, sport, popular culture and music.

Developed in Brazil mainly by descendants of African slaves, it is characterized by agile and complex strokes and movements, using primarily kicks and creeps, in addition to halters, knee, elbow, ground or aerial acrobatics.

The capoeira wheel was registered as a cultural good by IPHAN in 2008, based on an inventory carried out in the states of Bahia, Pernambuco and Rio de Janeiro, considered cradles of this cultural expression. In November 2014, the capoeira wheel received the title of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

Roda de capoeira - mixed dance and fight, created and developed in Brazil by slaves and their descendants.


Frevo is the typical dance of Pernambuco carnival. It has been declared an Intangible World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). This dance is characterized by the fast pace, where the passers perform acrobatic steps, carrying in one hand the typical colorful frevo umbrella.

Passengers of the frevo school of Recife