The Rio de Janeiro School of Intangible Heritage is working at full speed. “We are very happy to be able to implement another action focusing on intangible memory and heritage,” the head of the Secretary of State for Culture and Creative Economy (Secec) of Rio de Janeiro Danielle Barros said today (Jul. 4), in an interview with Agência Brasil.

The project is expected to last at least two years, with free workshops for people of any age, working on themes related to the intangible heritage of the state of Rio de Janeiro, such as the ciranda circles, jongo, capoeira, samba, traditional popular festivals, artistic performances, and classes related to heritage preservation, she explained.

The School of Intangible Heritage of Rio de Janeiro is a Seced Project which is carried out in five municipalities where centenary cultural groups operate. They are: Ciranda Caiçara de Tarituba (Paraty), Sítio Santa Luzia Quilombo Machadinha (Quissamã), Centro de Tradições Afro Onixêgum (Guapimirim), Companhia de Aruanda (Madureira), and Grupo Zé Mussum (Magé).


The school’s program in the five municipalities, as well as the addresses of these poles, can be accessed on its Instagram page. Secec’s plan is to expand the number of intangible assets involved in the project. “This is a pilot project and the idea is to reach other municipalities, expanding the work throughout 2023, 2024, 2025,” she said.

According to Danielle Barros, one relevant purpose is to promote a dialogue among the cities where the school is represented. The project provides these cultural groups with a good structure to ensure that knowledge is passed on effectively during the workshops. In this way, the teaching and learning cycle of the intangible heritage inherited from the ancestors is preserved, guaranteeing its safeguard.

Source: Agência Brasil