Saturday, 21 July 2012

Brazil's back on the Southbank - and beyond

Every time I go to London's Southbank I'm reminded of how awesome it is. It seems like there's always something exciting going on and it's not the first time that that "something" was Brazilian. Yesterday evening, I walked through its Festival of the World project, a host of exhibitions, events, restaurants, etc focused on different countries. Among the initiatives was a collection of huts illustrating different countries. I think these projects are brilliant. They enable people to immerse themselves in a different culture without making an appointment, without forward planning. I'm almost ashamed to admit that I didn't know this exhibition was taking place but part of its beauty was that I stumbled upon on it. And I didn't need an hour to take in; just 15 minutes looking through the huts on a summer's evening (well, it wasn't raining). But you could easily – and pleasantly – spend hours visiting different exhibitions and sampling delicious food. It also reminded me to look further into Rio Occupation London - an initiative where 30 Brazilian artists, for 30 days "occupy" London with various exhibitions and projects across the city. They have a great Facebook page and Twitter feeds. I’ll definitely be popping down to a few events and will keep you up to date.

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