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Turma Que Faz (“Crowd That Does”)

In 2003 the Turma Que Faz project was set up in the village Vila de São Jorge, in the Alto Paraíso district, in Goiás, at the entrance to the Chapada dos Veadeiros National Park. It was introduced to this former mining village located in the middle of the savannah by the art educator and musician Doroty Marques, who that year presented herself at the Meeting of Traditional Cultures of Chapada dos Veadeiros Region, with her brother, who is also a popular artist, Dércio Marques. The village left her intrigued, as did every place that she had been through. From the slums of the Southeast to the suburbs and forests of the Northern region of Brazil, her contact with young people was always enlightening, for them and for her, which was intense, laborious, set to music, revolutionary. Since then, she has changed the lives of many children and adolescents in the region. It is rare to find one who has not taken part in the project. With a unique pedagogical practice, the artist has over 30 years of work experience that has reached over  200,000 children and young people and 10,000 teachers in the states of Minas Gerais, Goiás, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, Mato Grosso, Amazonas, Pará, Rondônia and Acre.

In partnership with the Casa de Cultura Cavaleiro de Jorge, the Turma Que Faz  undertakes social work through educational, artistic, cultural,  athletic and environmental activities that use art and the environment as a sensitizing and fulfilling language. The aim is to develop human capital in children and adolescents, through experiences that promote self-esteem, communication and expression, family and community coexistence, the recognition of the context in which they live and ecological and heritage awarness.

In order to focus on the professional qualification of these young people who participate in the Turma Que Faz, the  project "Projeto Todos Nós – A Cadeia Produtiva da Cultura" was established in 2015 as an extension and with it eight training workshops for the training of potential local cultural agents, teenagers and adults and the development and management of cultural production projects were set up. With the arrival of asphalt access roads leading into the community of the Vila de São Jorge village, there has already been a significant increase in tourist flow, which requires the residents to be prepared for the future in terms of tourism and education.

From the Todos Nós project the show Peña Folclórica was created, produced and performed by the participants of the Turma project. The show presents songs from the South America, accompanied by drums, other percussion instruments, violas and accordions. The students also dance and put on circus and silk performances  accompanied by the singing of Doroty Marques. Partnerships with tour operators, lodges and businessmen in the region guarantee the artists' funding. All money raised from ticket sales is reverted to the artists.

The Project’s Activities

Music - During the week, Doroty Marques conducts musical activities, with percussion,  guitar, viola, singing and instrument building lessons for adolescents and children of São Jorge and the region. Rehearsals for the Peña Folclórica show are weekly, with continuous research for change of repertoire, choreographies and inclusion of new instruments.

Visual Arts Children and teens are encouraged to recognize, value and paint the elements of the fauna and flora of the Cerrado region. They also think out and create scenarios for Peña Folclórica shows. They research materials to be used, such as wire, paper, glue, ink and cloth. They also restore old sets in order to create space for interaction between the audience and artist.

Performing Arts -
 Integrated with the musical activities, the performing arts content is presented in a fluid and oral manner during rehersals and the production of Peña Folclórica and Opereta. The latter is an annual assembly created seven years ago by the project's participants, with the participation of the whole community of the  Vila de São Jorge village, with themes related to popular culture and the environment. At the end of the dynamic, the group gives a public presentation to about 3,000 people on the main stage at the Meeting of Cultures, in July.

Sports -  Capoeira and football are the sports practiced by the children of Turma Que Faz in the Vila de São Jorge village, where marble championships also take place.

 Computing - Classes with the purpose of promoting the learning of computer usage. The activities are extended to adults nightly.


- Turma Que Faz Collection: three booklets – Frutos do Cerrado, Curas e Causos e Bichos e Flores – from the research and illustrations of the Turma Que Faz participants.

-  Criunaná CD (2009), with Turma Que Faz, Doroty Marques and Dércio Marques.


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