Unmissable tour in São Paulo: discover the Center of Northeastern Traditions

Northeastern culture has become an integral part of the São Paulo scene. The Northeast, after establishing itself in the region, gradually made its presence felt in various sectors of the São Paulo capital. Today it is almost impossible to think about tours in SP without choosing one in which the Northeastern way of being and living is not present.

But culture in SP would not be complete without a place where these traditions can be concentrated in a single space. That's why the recent opening of this one, which has already become a reference in the local cultural circuit, was very important. THE Northeast Traditional Culture Center – CTN It is one of the biggest meeting points of the Northeastern culture and its main goal is to spread everything that refers to the Northeastern cultural way.

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It is now a meeting point for immigrants from the Northeast that, initially, was used as a space for Rádio Atual since November 15, 1990. As a vehicle for the dissemination of typical northeastern music, the station gained repercussion and fame, which took it to the third place in the audience. With the popularity, the public wanted to know the artists who played there. Soon came the idea of creating a place with infrastructure that would serve as a point of coexistence that culturally valued aspects of the Northeast such as music, food, religion, dance and crafts.

Northeast Traditional Culture Center

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THE CTN was officially founded in May 1991. It has an area of 27 thousand square meters and capacity for 400 cars. It is accessed by Marginal do Tietê and comprises ten restaurants, accompanied by kiosks, all serving typical Northeastern food. There, social support groups meet that offer various services to help the Northeastern population in items such as education, health and religious support.

One of the strengths is community integration. Everything can be found there, from crafts to food, from fine arts to music, from folklore to mysticism. Each visitor manages to maintain their customs, their way of seeing and feeling the world, their reference and can still properly appreciate the taste of their food,

A highlight in the program, in addition to the live shows on weekends, Northeastern cuisine wins by presenting itself as mouth-watering festivals. Two dekes are the main ones: the Northeast Sweets Festival in São Paulo, in April, to enjoy desserts from the northeastern states that won over Brazil, where you can find delicacies such as top hat (banana da terra, honey, sugar and cinnamon), sweet papaya with rapadura, mungunzá and a lot more; and in August, the São Paulo Northeast Gastronomic Festival takes place, which offers more than 20 options between dishes, drinks and desserts, served in portions of up to R$ 10.00.

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THE CTN It is also a place where you can find various social projects, such as the ones listed below:

– Handicraft Fair: Every Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm, Sundays until 8 pm, with woodwork, decorative items, toys and jewelry.

– Viva Leite – Project developed in conjunction with the São Paulo Government's Social Development Department, where milk is distributed to families with a monthly income of up to two minimum wages.

– Toy library and nursery – In operation since July 2012, it is the place where children can stay in safety while their parents visit the premises.

– Job board – Maintained virtually, the board advertises available job openings for various job profiles.

– Community Weddings – CTN and the São Paulo State Secretariat regularly hold ceremonies for groups of up to 47 couples. In 2013, the ceremony began to be held for people of the same sex, with official recognition in a notary's office.

As the public is very broad and not only made up of people from the Northeast and their descendants, but also many people from São Paulo, even foreigners, it was determined that the number of local attractions was more varied. Thus, right at the entrance, we see a Catholic church, the Igreja da Imaculada Conceição, completed in 1998 in honor of Friar Damião. It is a symbol of faith in the northeast of São Paulo and has a monument to the monks and Father Cícero. On March 20, 2016, the Archdiocese of São Paulo reached an agreement with the Irmandade da Imaculada Conceição, the church was officially incorporated into the Roman Catholic Church and Father João Evangelista de Sousa began his pastoral activities.

+ info:

CTN – Center of Northeastern Traditions
Jacofer, 615 – Limão, São Paulo – SP, 02712-070
Phone: (11) 3488-9400
Official website: https://www.ctn.org.br

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