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The City of God has more a cultural center. Opened on January 20, 2011, the Cultural Center Tupi is a cultural space for the transfer to children and youth of the City of God located in Rio de Janeiro. The Centre is coordinated by a community leader Severino da Silva Gomes 63 years, born in Pernambuco State, Northeast Brazil. Severino is one of the many masters of our community and deserve our respect and admiration.

In addition, Mr. Severino is a great storyteller, stories that join your neighbors and friends. They are memories of a difficult time, but with a precious cultural identity and guarded by oral memory.

Oral memory: the culture of CDD being passed from generation to generation using only verbal narratives and some pictures ..

What is culture? It is the expression of a people are their stories, their songs. It's everything we learned from our grandfathers, with older people, and remains on time. Culture is the force that keeps people connected to their faith, ideals, lifestyle, way of reacting to the world. Culture is everything that gives us identity and makes us feel part of the community and the world. The culture has gone, and this is, it represents the way we live, to be.

The memories of the construction of the Community of the City of God are pieces of life that had many influences. Among them, political and environmental, which changed the destinies of the characters and added new residents from elsewhere, with other knowledge in daily contact with cultures similar or not.

We know the stories of the past listening to people who lived through that time and / or who heard of his predecessors. Recognition of this talk is called oral memory. The oral memory uses the sound of the voice to tell these and other stories, like we tell our children, legends and fairy tales are part of this collection. It is passed from one person to another and is being retold as it updates, it is the very movement of live and record life.

It can also be sung as well as songs of praise to the deities, the tunes Maracatu, Jongo, Samba, Maculelê the string and using all forms of orality, speech, singing, voice.

Oral history is the property of your counter, he tells and retells the way the felt and lived, and so the story goes for many years. The example of the terraces are the songs that came to Brazil in 1500. Songs being preserved by those who continued to sing them. The \"dialect\" - language that was mostly Yorubá - certainly in these days with interference, but the meaning is the same, are sung in religious rituals.

Like the songs, the value of herbs has been passed on orally by the Indians and the slaves.

Two people who lived through the same situations in locations and at the same time, by telling their stories, do not count the same way, because we are different beings and feel differently around us.

In the community of the City of God there are several masters of knowledge. These are people who dedicate themselves to teaching what they learned in the course of their lives.

Our Masters use the resource of oral memory: when they speak is \"soft water in hard rock beats up both sticks\", which we call proverbs, they sing a nursery rhyme for children, when taught to do a regional food, a embroidery, playing an instrument, when pass the duties of a clown in a Festival of Kings, or even when they talk about their lives as a reference point of time in local history.

The Masters of the community have a name, identity and address. You need to learn about listening to them tell their stories, presenting us with his knowledge and desire and action to have a place that protects such information.

Our Masters Community makers destinations are those that tell the stories looking into the eyes of children, youth, community, using the force of his work and his knowledge as a way of promoting local development through culture.

Have observed that simplicity and wisdom, are respected and managed for decades to keep the identity of the City of God as the true guardians of knowledge.

We found similarities in the personality of our Masters, the tone of voice, faith and focus on their knowledge. Each with their own way and belief, do not yell, but speak. They do not promise, do. They do not seek recognition and overflow values. These teachers know daily pass, allowing the story becomes, not an end. Allowing the story to be a reference of their lives and the life of their community. He does not speak for others, not as you recognize the truth, you know that the truth is those who live it.

What does a Master?

Just look at his grandfather, the elderly in your family, your neighbor and recognize the talent of that person, what she does as well and teaches with love.

The City of God is a great school with teachers who have the faculty of survival in the floods, winning the fire that burned the shacks known, of the sacrifice of displacement with distance from work, among other things.

With the transfer of their homes for the West Zone, the studied area, the work left behind, what to do to survive? Some continued to work and take care of other children who were away from their parents for more than 10 hours per day. Among many of these Masters of the City of God had this commitment.

If not for the Guardians of the place, \"the friends and neighbors\" who took care of children while their parents worked in the south, today we would not have stories to tell.

The knitting, crochet, fabric paintings, musical skills, traditions safeguarded, as the Festival of the Kings Kid Master or the touch of garish Joacir Rivers, as well as his guitar, this record would no longer be know. The flooding experienced on site would take all the photos with their negatives.

Cora Coralina The poet once said: \"The knowledge you learn from the masters. The wisdom with just the everyday life. \"
The Cultural Center Tupi

This story begins with the very City of God, which has its own identity, unique, and that this led residents to create a space to develop cultural activities.

A Master knows that memories of the activities so much admired in the community and sparked his desire to have a space that can preserve them, then decided to create this space to encourage and protect the popular culture of the place.

In the late '60s, even Jacarepaguá the new inhabitants of the City of God, coming mostly from the South Zone of Rio de Janeiro.

In 70 years, the City of God creates a reputation for violence, however, local culture remains in the background in the media release, reducing the marginal local fame. At this time, the St. Cecilia Choir of Great City School Augustus emerges musically, taking the kids to sing at the Teatro Municipal in the Sala Cecilia Meireles, coming to compete with the coral Canarinho Petrópolis (one of the best coral reefs in Rio de Janeiro). And today, how is the song in schools?

At this time, the community begins to create, with their leaders, their identity as an aggregator of various knowledge. People from different regions of Brazil gather in the main square of the site making a big barn of art.

In 80 years, born of Block Tin. The parades of the Carnival at the time were made in the current Padre Julio Square Groten. This was the meeting place of the blocks of carnivals that charmed and entertained the residents.

The block of Lata, Prospectors, Youth United, Crowned, among others, remind us of Mr. Adauto, our first DJ. With its powerful boxes, he was in charge of sound at these events. This activity fell asleep in the community.

Some traditional manifestations survived. The Folia de Reis is one of them, which is a battle in the face of financial difficulties to promote their exit through the streets, walking the alleys of the City of God entering the houses, taking faith and joy. In 2011 the Festival of Kings did not leave for lack of financial resources, but was invited to present the state of Espirito Santo, with all expenses paid.

Concerned about the disruption of important activities, community leader Severino, with its own resources, began to build the Cultural Center Tupi. Spiritual leader of African origin, this Pernambuco 61 years old believes in the value of cultural transfer.

He decided to create a place to develop activities of popular culture, in addition to socio-cultural activities for children who witnessed him in idleness. Opened to volunteers and professionals who believe in his desire to protect part of Brazilian culture as a true guardian, adding this space minded people for actions that promote the cultural diversity of the community and social development.

The Cultural Center Tupi is undergoing structural reforms and being organized to accommodate people of all ages (from children to their grandfather). This space is also intended to be a meeting point of cultural traditions. One is the Festival of the Kings Master Tiny, who is forming a batch of clowns. Others are the block Tupi Guarani, Coral african, capoeira, theater puppets, Block cans of storytelling and reflective meetings with families.

Master Severino is a man turned to social causes. Having started with the campaign Christmas Without Hunger, with Valek, this proposal remains supportive of families meeting the City of God. He believes that a country is built on solidarity, cultural preservation and retrieval of memory.

The Cultural Center is located two TR, 12 / A - Pantanal - City of God.
The team is seeking bids for resources from the Center's operations with the following workshops:
• Workshop Capoeira Roda;
• Music Workshop - Choral Singing and block tin;
• Workshop on puppet theater;
• Workshop revelry of kings;
• Assistance to age 3 rd in partnership with the Social UPP;
• Ballet Workshop in partnership with the Social UPP;
• Karate Workshop in partnership with the Social UPP;
• Judo Workshop in partnership with the Social UPP.

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