After this Saturday’s Brum Spirit celebrations, the party continues next door at Ort Cafe, with live music and Brazilian fun from 9pm at Cafe Forro! We asked the Cafe Forro team a few questions to find out more about to expect…
What is Café Forro?
Café Forró is music and dance project based at Ort, the Old Print Works, which celebrates and shares forró, the music and dance style from the North East of Brazil.
Forró has taken Europe by storm in recent years; it’s a very happy style of folk music and forrozeiros (the term for forro fans) dance ‘coladinho’ (very close) meaning that people become quite quickly addicted.
We give weekly dance classes for beginners to intermediates; organise monthly forró parties, usually with our resident band, Forrobamba and sell Brazilian homemade food. This Saturday, the accordionist Junior Dias will be playing with two members of Forrobamba, Guilhermino Ramos (Triangle and Vocals) and Cassio Matheus (Zambumba).
What does Café Forro aim to do?
Café Forró aims to spread forró culture, music and dance in the West Midlands by bringing people from all backgrounds and walks of life together to have a great time.
Why is Café Forro helping to save the Old Print Works?
We are attracting new people to the Old Print Works who previously had never been. Many of our forrozeiros come from elsewhere in Birmingham, so this really helps to spread the word about Ort, the Old Print Works and the cause.
What does the Old Print Works mean to you?
When we think of the Old Print Works, we think of Ort Cafe. It’s a great community hub and we feel privileged to be able to bring forro to such a vibrant, varied and open minded Cafe/Venue. It’s an asset to and reflects its diverse community.
How does Café Forro tie in with Brum Spirit’s theme of We’re In This Together?
One of the great things about forró culture is that it is very inclusive. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your level of dance or social background is – everyone is welcome.
Who can get involved with Café Forro?
Anyone! (See above)
Where can we find out more about Café Forro?
Check out the Facebook page here or come along to one of our weekly classes on Tuesdays at Ort, 7:30pm.