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Brasiliance Day - Deptford Lounge

Event preview

ON JUNE 7, 2014, StoneCrabs Theatre Company in association with Deptford Lounge is presenting Brasiliance Day, a day of art events celebrating the heritage of Brazilians in the UK prior to the forthcoming World Cup in Brazil.

Brasiliance Day is part of a year-long oral history project led by StoneCrabs Theatre Company, supported by The Heritage Lottery Fund. The project aims to unveil the heritage of Brazilians living in London during the 60s, 70s and 80s.

It will feature a range of free activities and events including a traditional Capoeira Roda led by Master Silvia Bazzarelli from the London School of Capoeira, Brazilian storytelling for little ones, live samba music, a football competition to win a free Guarana drink and a pop-up performance inspired by interviews made of Brazilians living in London today.

Brasiliance Oral History Project involved research, oral history interviews carried out by a working group of 14 participants, and workshops delivered to over 200 London school children and community members.

The group carried out 10 oral history interviews with Brazilians living and working in London since more than 20 years. All interviews are documented in the Brasiliance book and DVD, highlighting the interviewees’ contributions to shaping the social and cultural identities of London today.

The book also publishes the winning fictional stories and drawings, inspired by the interviews and made by children of participating schools. The book and DVD will be available to view at Deptford Lounge during Brasiliance Day.

Brasiliance is the brainchild of StoneCrabs Theatre Company’s Brazilian-born joint Artistic Director, Franko Figueiredo, who said:

“With the World Cup fast approaching in Brazil and the feedback we received through our work with young people in South London, we are excited to work with a local venue, Deptford Lounge on a day dedicated to all things Brazilian. It will offer a stronger understanding of the cultural diversity of Brazilians today and of their place in contemporary Britain.”

Sue Bowers, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said: “This project will introduce the heritage of Brazilians in London to new audiences, it will help younger members of that community to discover more about their heritage, and it will also provide volunteers with a range of new skills.”

Time: 11am to 4pm.

Programme of free events

All day – Brasiliance exhibition of photographs; Brasiliance book & DVD on display.

11am – Brazilian storytelling for little ones – 6 to 10 years old.

12pm – Capoeira Roda (on the main square).

1pm – Football Kicks competition (on the main square). Win a free Guarana drink.

2pm – Live Brazilian music.

3pm – Pop-up performance, inspired by interviews of Brazilians living in London.

If you would like to get involved or know more about Brasiliance Day at Deptford Lounge, please e-mail brasiliance@stonecrabs.co.uk.