Exhibitions

Brazilian photographers Bira, Elisângela and Adriano, renowned for their exceptional photographic portfolio, share their view of reality in the favelas (shanty towns) of Rio de Janeiro, in an exhibition of impactful moving images. The photographs capture moments of life in urban Brazil amidst the backdrop of the Cidade Maravilhosa (Marvellous City) and are often on show at the Observatório de Favelas, in Maré, Rio de Janeiro. The exhibition is free and is on show at the Horniman Museum & Gardens, in London. Date: Until 18 September Where: Horniman Museum & Gardens, 100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ More…

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Lygia Clark was a Brazilian painter and sculptor (1920-1988) who, although widely regarded as one of the pioneering artists of the twentieth century, did not like to consider herself as an “artist”. Lygia received critical acclaim as a timeless and atypical artist whose work managed to escape being labelled or typecast, and always sought to establish a link with life and meaning. Lygia to this day remains a reference for generations of burgeoning artists. The Alison Jacques Gallery brings this historic exhibition to London,  with a unique collection of work by Clark from the 1950s, portraying a life full of…

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Ever heard of a dance festival that has its own international date and that, currently, takes place in a dozen European countries (including Switzerland, Denmark, Holland, Germany), as well as in Brazil and, surprisingly enough, in Russia? This is the Forró Festival, an event that was originally created in London and has subsequently spread to other neighbouring countries. In Brazil, similar festivals nominate the best trios (three piece musical band) to play at the event in England – this year’s winner was Itaúnas from the state of Espírito Santo! Sound good? Want to get involved? Learn more about this year’s…

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One of the most popular museums of contemporary art, the Tate Modern, opened its newest gallery, Switch House, on 17 June. The building was overseen by the Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and is completely unique, with angular and organic shapes on its façade, reminiscent of a pyramid. Inspiration came from the factory that used to exist in the current museum’s location, and it was essential to maintain some kind of link with the building’s past. More than 300 bricks were used for the external part, giving an elegant air to the construction. The building has 10 storeys, and…

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Sebastian London is a young Brazilian stylist who is starting out in the world of High Fashion. Born in a countryside region of the state of Mato Grosso, Sebastian has been interested in designing and making clothes since he was a child. The recognition that he is now receiving in London comes from years of hard work, effort, studying and learning. For his 2015 collection, themed around the Amazon, Sebastian took inspiration from the Rainforest’s flora and fauna, spending about a month with a native tribe called the Chiquitanos, who live in Sebastian’s home state, which itself is a part…

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 Find out about some of the places the Olympic Flame will pass through before the official opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Games. Before lighting the cauldron during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, on 5 August, the Olympic Torch will visit 335 cities in all the regions of Brazil. The trip started on 21 April, in Olympia (the birthplace of the Olympic Games), in Greece. The Torch Relay began in Brazil on 3 May, in Brasília, the country’s capital, and will make an epic journey across the Central-West, Southeast, Northeast, Northern and Southern regions of the…

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The wonders of Brazil, including the mining city of Ouro Preto, the historic centre of Salvador, Bahia, the pilot plan of the Country’s capital, Brasília and the natural beauty of Rio de Janeiro will be presented in an itinerant visual exhibit of the World Cultural Heritage Sites in Brazil. The exhibit will present twelve sites, as listed by UNESCO. The goal is to promote the UNESCO Cultural Heritage Sites in Brazil to emissive priority markets as a country that possesses unique cultural beauty and diverse appeal to tourists across the globe. According to UNESCO, out of the 981 sites listed…

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Jason Oddy will be joined by special guests to explore one of the lesser known but still most significant achievements of the legendary Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer and implications of his influence in architecture During the course of his lifetime Niemeyer redefined the interaction between architecture and public space, imbuing the ideas of Bauhaus and Le Corbusier with a radically new perspective. More than once he came up with a way of reimagining both national identity and government, as well as the state as a provider of culture and knowledge. In 1968 the Brazilian was invited by Algeria’s then socialist…

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Having kids is an expensive business, and most budgets wont stretch to paid activities every weekend or during the half term and school holidays. Fortunately, London offers plenty of choice of free family activities, for children of all ages and with the most different interests. Pack your lunch and enjoy Spring and Summer in this amazing city! Here are some suggestions of free activities for your family. Diana Memorial Playground Let your little ones be pirates for the day on Captain Hook’s huge wooden pirate ship at the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, in Kensigton Gardens. This large, safe, outdoor…

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Mario Cravo Neto, one of the most influential Brazilian photographers, currently has his first solo exhibition in the UK on show at Rivington Place, the famous art gallery in Shoreditch The artist, from Bahia, felt so inspired by the cultural riches of his own city that he decided to tell, through photography, the story of Candomblé in Brazil, recounting the entire historical context surrounding the appearance of the religion in Brazil, brought over from Africa during the slave movement. Candomblé is still discriminated against in Brazil, as a result of Portuguese efforts to put stamp out traditional African religions in…

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