Social enterprise Capoeira For All performed a collection of Afro-Brazillian music, dance, and martial arts at Sankofa Dock on Sunday, highlighting Liverpool’s role in the transatlantic slave trade.
Sankofa Dock is a Waterfront installation by Future City who have reached Stage 2 of the Canning Dock competition at the Museum of Liverpool, and hope to take forward the re-design of the Canning Dock in September 2021.
In the year following global Black Lives Matter protests, conversations about the UK’s role in the transatlantic slave trade continue, particularly in cities like Manchester and Liverpool.
While Manchester is often acknowledged to have campaigned to end slavery, profits of slavery fueled Greater Manchester’s Industrial Revolution, and fortunes generated by slavery are still visible across the North West.
The art-form of Capoeira dates back to the fifteen-hundreds, following the enslavement of Africans by Portuguese migrants in Brazil, and Capoeira For All aim to use the values of the art form for positive change.
Main photo by Annie Owen