• ESCALA Director Joanne Harwood giving a tour of the sculptures

    ESCALA Director Joanne Harwood giving a tour of the sculptures

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21 May 2010 - 23 May 2010

A three-day festival of Brazilian culture was held at the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus from 21-23 May 2010

Curated by the Lakeside Theatre’s current Artist in Residence Adriano Adewale, Festival Brasileiro will include exciting events showcasing the vibrancy and the variety of Brazilian culture.

A highly personal project for Brazilian-born Adewale, he has worked closely with Arts on 5, the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America and Segue productions to draw together many of the finest exponents of Brazilian arts and culture and build a festival programme that is inspiring, educational and entertaining.

The main venue for Festival Brasileiro will be the Lakeside Theatre, whose foyer will play host to an exhibition of Brazilian artworks from the UECLAA collection.

The festival will kick off on Friday with explosive play The Last Days of Gilda, followed by a dance workshop in preparation for the evening’s Forro party.

Saturday 22 May sees Festival Brasileiro spreading to the campus squares with giant mural painting, traditional food, film screenings, arts workshops, singing and percussion workshops and the afternoon’s grand finale, the traditional Bumba Meu Boi . In the evening there will be a performance from Adriano Adewale’s new band Umpatacum at the Lakeside Theatre and an Afro Brazilian club night hosted by top London DJs in Level 2.

On the Sunday, renowned Brazilian artist Elia Bracher will give a tour of the Brazilian sculptures in Wivenhoe Park, Adriano Adewale will team-up with local youth jazz ensembles to perform a new repertoire of Brazilian music and there will be a discussion of Brazilian culture between Adewale and academics from the University.

Throughout the festival, mural painting will be led by the Latin American Youth Forum at IRMO (Indo-American Refugee and Migrant Organization), who will also be using film and photography to record your views on Brazil as a vibrant document of the festival. IRMO is a refugee community organization that aims to assist Latin American refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants to build a settle life in the UK, gaining access to opportunities for education, employment and personal development, by integrating within broader society while maintaining their own cultural identity. 

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