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Brasiliance - Rich Mix

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

StoneCrabs Theatre Company, in association with Rich Mix, is presenting Brasiliance, two full days of Brazilian music, arts and theatre celebrating the heritage of Brazilians in the UK – on Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6, 2014.

Also featured is Kitchen, a new play by Gaël Le Cornec about love, politics and English biscuits.

With the World Cup on all our screens, Brasiliance weekend will bring to London a different taste of Brazil. StoneCrabs has put together an exciting programme based on the fascinating real-life stories of Brazilians who have been living in London since the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

Brasiliance weekend is a culmination of StoneCrabs Oral History project introducing new audiences to the heritage of Brazilians in London. The team carried out 11 oral history interviews, which will be archived in libraries throughout London and easily accessible online.

These interviews have helped shape Kitchen, a new play by Gaël le Cornec, who was inspired by the interviewees who unveiled their lives as immigrants in London and shared personal experiences, including stories they had never told before.

Kitchen imaginatively reveals the everyday life of a Brazilian family in an East London estate and explores, in both Portuguese and English, how the different generations in the family relate to the city and the experience of displacement.

Despite an increasing flow of Brazilians to London in recent years and their important contribution to the functioning of the city economically, socially and culturally, very little is known about this community. Their lack of visibility is largely the result of lack of research and shortcomings in the way official statistics are collected.

Throughout the weekend, there will be an exhibition displaying the book and DVD, photographs of the Interviewees, also an art installation created by Manoela Alfonso and Walney Virgilio featuring materials used during the research period. Central to the whole weekend of events will be the performances of Kitchen.

The weekend has something for everyone, from community workshops, music performance by Brazilian artist Menino Josue and a storytelling session for children. Brasiliance hopes to expose a different Brasil to Londoners and its visitors.

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.”

All events free, except Kitchen for which tickets are £8, £6 concessions. To book, call the box office on 020 7613 7498
 or visit www.richmix.org.uk/.