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Festival of BrasilHorniman Museum and Gardens , 3 July – 4 September 2016

Immerse yourself in Brazilian culture this summer with a season of unique events and exhibitions. We’ve collaborated with Brazilian artists and communities to bring you a snapshot of contemporary Brazilian art and culture inspired by their everyday lives and neighbourhoods.

Experience installations, new dance performances and specially commissioned street as well as fascinating photography displays, outdoor concerts and festivals. Be part of our digital conversations on social media and get involved in dancing, making art or music at our events.

Brazilian film screenings in conjunction with Cineclub Brazil

City of God (2002) (Cidade de Deus), Wednesday 10 August, 6-8pm

Rio de Janeiro’s City of God is a slum where police rarely go and residents are lucky if they live to the age of 20. In the midst of this violence a young boy’s brave ambition to become a professional photographer becomes a window into his world and ultimately his way out. Certificate 18. Free

Sunday Bandstand Concerts, Sunday 7, 14, 21, 28 August, 3-5pm

Grab your dancing shoes and enjoy our free outdoor Brazilian music concerts from Samba to Forro and Tropicalia to Música Popular Brasileira (MPB).

7 August: Tonzee: Tonzee moves seamlessly through genres from Samba and Novo-Tropicalia to Reggae, Rock and Drum ‘n’ Bass. Performing uplifting tracks tinged with a tropical flavour.

14 August: Let Drum Beat: Let Drum Beat are musicians who’ve gathered their passion for percussion together, combining their Afro-Latin-Brazilian heritage and musical traditions to create original pieces led by a wide diversity of acoustic sounds from bells to heavy drums, energetic and paced rhythms, vocal melodies, bass lines and spontaneous dance.

21 August: Viramundo: led by British born guitarist/singer Paul Rumbol, Viramundo is one of the longest established Brazilian/Latin bands playing authentic Brazilian dance music and jazz sounds.

28 August: Pé De Jurema: Pé De Jurema take you on a joyful and colourful journey of energetic rootsy Brazilian music. They play traditional rhythms including Coco-de-Roda, Maracatu, Baião, Forró and Ciranda, on exotic Brazilian percussion instruments including the pandeiro, berimbau, caxixi and alfaias. Free.

Big Wednesdays: Festival of Brasil, Wednesday 10, 17, 24, 31 August, 11am–3.30pm

Join us for fun activities including storytelling, dance, music and art and craft which have been inspired by traditions from all over Brazil. See the website for full details.  Free.

Hear it Live Brazil! Tuesday 30 August, 3.30-4.30pm

Adriano Adewale demonstrates a range of Afro Brazilian percussion instruments. Free

Festival of Brasil : Exhibitions and Displays

Favela: Joy and Pain in the City, until Sunday 18 September

Evocative photographs by young Brazilian photographers capture the complexities of life in Rio including the joy of children playing, the presence of the armed forces, and carnival performers amidst the skylines of the city. In partnership with the Observatório de Favelas. Free. 

Carnival in Rio, from Saturday 28 May
This small display in our Music Gallery celebrates some of the Brazilian instruments, music and costumes that feature in the parades at Carnival including a cavaquinho guitar, drums and bells. Free. 

Brazilian Food Garden, from Saturday 4 June

Black turtle beans, sugar cane, coffee and cassava are among the plants featured in this colourful culinary display, inspired by iconic Brazilian dishes and drinks such as caipirinha and feijoada. Planted in recipe groupings, the food planting will be accompanied by wildflowers in the blue, gold and green of the Brazilian flag. Free. 

Fauna Brazil, Saturday 2 July 2016 – Sunday 8 January 2017

A photographic display by João Marcos Rosa showcases the incredible wildlife of Brazil. These stunning images feature paths where jaguars hunt, rivers where giant otters fish and the enormous trees where harpy eagles build their nests. Free.

Project Morrinho: A Horniman Favela, Sunday 3 July to Sunday 4 September

A miniature model favela has been created in the Gardens as part of Project Morrinho, a social and cultural project from Rio de Janeiro where local artists build intricate models of the favelas they grew up in. Project Morrinho has collaborated with local community groups to construct the Horniman favela. Free.

Carnival Installation, Sunday 3 July to 20 August

An exciting new installation by Brazilian artist Robson Rozza and carnival experts Mandinga Arts in Gallery Square. Free.

Summer Family Activities

Please see the website for information on Summer Family Activities including Pond Dipping, Family Art Fun, Horniman Explorers and Minibeast Safari.

Family Batwalk, Friday 12 August, 7-9pm

Join this guided walk to learn about south east London’s local bats and find them in the Horniman Gardens using bat detectors. Suitable for children aged 7+ years.

Tickets: Adult £5, Child £3. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Adult Batwalk, Friday 19 August, 7-9pm

Join this guided walk to learn about south east London’s local bats and find them in the Horniman Gardens using bat detectors.

Tickets: Adult £5.

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