When it was announced that Brazil would hold the 2014 World Cup, it was as if the moon and stars aligned and the world suddenly made sense once again. As one of the most celebrated (and obsessed!) footballing nations, there couldn’t be a more apt place to host the biggest contest in the footballing calendar. But for all of you (like me!) who like to look beyond the football, just occasionally, Brazil just happens also to be a very exciting and culturally fascinating country.
Thankfully, the Rich Mix picked up on this point too and will be dedicating a weekend to Brazilian theatre, book readings, photography and visual arts… and a bit of football too, if you must! Running across Saturday and Sunday, the event follows the stories of Brazilians who moved to the UK in 60s, 70s and 80s. It also features a theatre performance about their obsession with food and later in the evening, a chance to sample some Brazilian cuisine. Saturday evening also celebrates the irrepressible music of Brazil: an essential part of life for all Brazilians and alongside football, it’s possibly what it is most famous for.
A visit to Rich Mix this weekend will also give you the opportunity to see the street art mural on display in their main space. Produced by Daniel Melim and three members of the legendary street poster art collective SHN, the mural is created from hundreds of silkscreen posters featuring playful graphic icon and worked over with stencil art. (Words: Laura Thornley)
On 5 and 6 July. For more info visit: www.richmix.org.uk