Photo: Brazil's "Rio Occupation: London" Comes to a Close
On July 8, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil’s most exciting artists took over the Battersea Arts Centre in London, bringing their signature pieces of work, and launching a 30-day festival. The event kicked off the Rio Occupation: London, a festival commissioned by Rio de Janeiro’s State Culture Secretariat and Executive Produced by People’s Palace Projects. It was co-funded by the British Council and Arts Council England project in London and Rio de Janeiro.
Rio Occupation: London had 30 ground-breaking Rio artists occupy the vibrant streets, stages and squares of London during the London 2012 Olympic Games, working across the capital with UK based artists as part of the London 2012 Festival. Rio Occupation: London was created to bring Rio artists to the attention of those attending the 2012 Olympics in collaboration with London artists.
The month-long occupation kicked off with a big Brazilian party thrown at Battersea Arts Centre featuring film, theatre and music.
On August 3rd, the three-day finale will occupy the Biscuit Factory’s halls and bars during the afternoon.
“Then as the sun falls we turn up the heat (and the music!) and bring a final Rio blow out that will be heard all the way from Bermondsey to Brazil.”