House of Dona Yayá to be one of the main attractions of the 2019 Heritage Journey

In addition to getting to know the House, on August 17th and 18th, the public will be able to attend musical performances, participate in an urban itinerary workshop and visit an exhibition about USP’s museums and collections. Admission is free.

The Usp Cultural Preservation Center will open House of Dona Yayá on August 17th and 18th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., to participate in another edition of the Heritage Journey, with the theme “Memória Paulistana” (Paulistana Memory). The role of the CPC-USP, an organ of the Office of the Provost for Culture and Extension, is to promote actions and reflections on the preservation of the University’s cultural heritage, as well as to support and participate in the event encouraging reflections on the architecture of the property, the history of the neighborhood and the character Dona Yayá.

“Memória paulistana”

Organized by the “Departamento do Patrimônio Histórico da Secretaria Municipal de Cultura de São Paulo” (Historical Heritage Department of the São Paulo Municipal Secretariat of Culture), the purpose of the “Jornada do Patrimônio” (Heritage Journey) is to stimulate the population to recognize São Paulo’s historical and cultural heritage, in token of the memory and identity of the different social groups present in the city. The event also aims to share and strengthen initiatives to enhance the cultural heritage of São Paulo, especially those focusing on the different territories, highlighting the historical particularities and contemporary aspects of all regions of the city. The Heritage Journey takes place in São Paulo since 2015, today integrated to the city’s calendar of events. According to information from the Municipal Secretariat of Culture, this will be the largest edition ever held, with over 1,000 activities in about 500 locations. The official program offers more than 400 historical itineraries, 300 visits to buildings listed as tangible cultural heritage, 210 workshops and 50 cinema sessions of the Circuito Spcine, with documentaries made with investment by the Secretary of Culture for the program “História dos Bairros de São Paulo” (History of the Neighborhoods of São Paulo).

House of Dona Yayá

Registered in the “Historic Real Estate” category, the House is located in the Bela Vista neighborhood and has been the headquarters of CPC-USP since 2004. The property, known as House of Dona Yayá, is one of the last remnants of the old farm belt that surrounded the central region of the city, and today provides evidence of the transformation of the town of São Paulo into a metropolis. But it assumed even greater historical importance because it was the site of its most famous owner, Sebastiana de Mello Freire. Dona Yayá, as she was called, belonged to one of the wealthy families that constituted the São Paulo bourgeoisie in the late 1800s. Having lost her two younger sisters and her parents while she was still a young girl, and later having lost her brother, Dona Yayá inherited a considerable fortune and lived amongst distant relatives. At the age of 30, she began to show indication of mental impairment and was then declared liable to supervision. She spent a period in hospital and then, under medical supervision, moved to this house, transformed into a private sanatorium, from 1919 to 1961, when she passed away. Since Dona Yayá had no legal heirs, the property was transferred to the University of São Paulo in 1969, as a vacant inheritance, and went through a careful work of recovery and restoration. Based on this precious material and immaterial history, the House achieved cultural tangible heritage status by the State of São Paulo in 1998 and by the city of São Paulo in 2002. Currently, the CPC welcomes the public at Dona Yayá’s House for various activities related to the heritage theme, such as workshops, courses, lectures, academic events, exhibitions, monitored visits and artistic performances. This action contributes to strengthen the relationship between the university and society through the dissemination of knowledge and university extension.

CPC-USP Program

Visitation: House of Dona Yayá

August 17th and 18th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – mediated visits at 12 p.m.

The House of Dona Yayá, listed as São Paulo’s historical heritage, keeps the memory of its illustrious resident, Sebastiana de Mello Freire, and of the Bela Vista neighborhood. Visits at 12 p.m. Mediation: Maria Del Carmen Hermida Martinez Ruiz (educator).

Exhibition: USP Museums and Collections

August 17th and 18th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The exhibition presents, through photographic panels, the collections and collections of museums, memory and documentation centers, centers of cultural and scientific dissemination of the University of São Paulo. Realization: CPC / Office of the Provost for Culture and Extension of the University of São Paulo

Music: University of São Paulo Choir Dona Yayá

A música do Bixiga e de São Paulo (The Music of Bixiga and São Paulo)

August 17th, at 3 p.m.

The choir features “A música do Bixiga e de São Paulo” (The Music of Bixiga and São Paulo), under the coordination of Mauro Aulicinosob. The repertoire ranges from Adoniran Barbosa to current composers such as Kiko Dinucci and Bruno Brasil. Conducting and coordination by Mauro Aulicino.

Music: Ô de Casa Group

Sarau caipira

August 18th, at 11 a.m.

The group, dedicated to research and dissemination of traditional Brazilian culture, performs songs, texts and poems that represent the “cultura caipira” (countryside culture).

Workshop: “Caminhar, experimentar, compartilhar – contruindo o patrimônio andando pela cidade” (Walk, experiment, share – building heritage by walking through town)

August 18th, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The workshop aims to explore one of the most powerful tools for perception and exploration of urban cultural references: the mere act of walking, proposing the discovery of the city in a subjective and shared experience. Mediation: Gabriel Fernandes.

Por Centro de Preservação Cultural

Programação CPC-USP Jornada do Patrimônio