Thursday, 19 January 2012

Hot Brazil at the V&A

If you’ve never been to one of the V&A’s “Friday Late” events, then next Friday’s (January 27) is a good one to start. Called “Hot Brazil”, the event is a celebration of Brazilian culture, ahead of the Rio carnival next month. I’ll be going along, but until then, here is the line-up events. You should pop down too. It’s free admission (some events require tickets) and sounds like it will be a great evening. Each visitor can take home a specially-commissioned artwork by Brazilian artist Bruno 9Li, take part in a samba flash mob in the Grand Entrance, with dancers from the Paraíso School of Samba, and join in a giant table football game, created by Brazilian design studio Flour. Not a bad way to spend a Friday night.


Friday 27 January 2012, 18.30–22.00
Ahead of this year’s carnival celebrations, Friday Late conjures the heat and light of Brazil for an evening exploring the best of Brazilian design and visual culture. Star in a Brazilian-style telenovela, try your luck at a game of 'gambiarra' table football and brighten up your winter with a caipirinha and the latest Brazilian sounds.
All events are free and places designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will be taking place at this event.

João Brasil
Fresh from his collaborations with LoveFoxx (Cansei de Ser Sexy) and Marina Gasolina (Bonde Do Role), DJ, musician and producer João Brasil will be DJing in the Grand Entrance, playing the best in contemporary Brazilian music from Bossa Nova to Tecnobrega and from Rock to Baile Funk.
Samba Flash Mob
Paraíso School of Samba has delivered authentic Rio samba to British audiences for over ten years and tonight their dancers storm the Museum for the V&A Samba Flash Mob. Don’t miss this opportunity to show-off your best samba moves as we attempt the biggest samba dance-off in a museum ever!

Samba Surdo
Samba Surdo is a musical, electronic installation by Carioca artist Lucas Werthein that gives you the chance to take the role of a samba ‘master of percussion’. Move around in front of each speaker to control the different instruments found in a samba bateria. Like a true sambista you’ll soon be ‘speaking with your feet’.
Braziliality presents Frevo Drop
Enjoy our specially commissioned installation in the Grand Entrance, whilst sipping a caiprinha from the Benugo bar. Designed by Alicia Bastos and Bianca Turner, Frevo Drop takes its inspiration from the colourful umbrellas traditionally used in Recife carnival.

Free Advice
Free Advice is a writer’s performance installation by artist Sylvia Morgado. Visitors are invited to share their problems with the artist and receive a special hand-typed Brazilian ‘prescription’ for their troubles, in the form of a Bossa Nova song lyric, or a poem from one of Brazil’s most beloved writers.

Super Pong
SuperUber - a Rio-based practice that combines art and technology - invites visitors to experience Super Pong, a fast and fun game-installation inspired by Pong and Foosball. Eight people can play at the same time in a competitive, adrenaline-charged test of precision and coordination. The original sounds are inspired by Brazilian samba and 8-bit Atari samples, and when you score a goal you’ll enjoy an animation inspired by Pelé's famous moves.

Bossa Nova Album Art

Stuart Baker, founder of legendary London record label Soul Jazz and co-author (with Gilles Peterson) of Bossa Nova and the Rise of Brazilian Music in the 1960s, presents his personal selection of mid-century Brazilian album cover design, discussing the musicians and stories behind each iconic cover.
Carnival Architecture
Architect Ricardo de Ostos joins V&A curator Jana Scholze to discuss Carnaval Interativo, an Architectural Association project aiming to counteract the displacement of carnival designers and makers from their traditional home in Rio de Janeiro’s port area, close to the city's famous Sambódromo. De Ostos will present Carnaval Interativo’s new architectural, urban, and float interventions, designed to reinforce and express the identity of samba culture.

Braziliality presents The Adventures of Vitória & Alberto in Brasil
Have you ever dreamt of being a soap star? Don’t miss your chance tonight at London-based collective Braziliality’s telenovela spectacular. Pick up a prop and a script and act your heart out in the V&A’s take on Brazilian costume drama. Those too shy to join in can watch the live transmission from the comfort of the V&A Café.
Brazil Modern - Stencil Workshop
Join Curitiba-born and London-based illustrator Clayton Junior for a fun, hands-on stencil workshop. Taking inspiration from Icons of Brazilian Modernism, and stencil your own mini-masterpiece onto a take-home, souvenir canvas bag.
Gambiarra Football
Gambiarra Table Football is Flour Design’s fast and frenzied take on table football, Brazilian style. Pitch your skills against your friends and other visitors to win prizes in a game that takes it’s inspiration from “gambiarra”, the Brazilian approach to solving problems and getting things done.

Film Screening: Graffiti Fine Art
New York based film maker Jared Levy has been documenting the São Paulo graffiti scene for 2 years. In Graffiti Fine Art he captures the 65 international graffiti artists (from 13 countries) who in 2010 joined their São Paulo counterparts for an eight day, round-the-clock graff marathon.
Film Screening: Waste Land
Lucy Walker’s award-winning film Waste Land follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys to his native Brazil, and the world's largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he collaborates with an eclectic band of 'catadores' - self-designated pickers of recyclable materials – revealing both the dignity and despair of their lives on the margins.

São Paolo-based illustrator and artist Bruno 9li has created a specially commissioned souvenir ‘wrap’ for the Friday Late menu, available to take home on the night.


  1. Indeed! You should come. We can join in this crazy giant table football thing... After a few caipirinhas, it won't seem so insane, I'm sure.