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Biggest Rio's favela reopens traditional cultural center with arts intervention evening

A visual intervention at Dois Irmãos Hill, in Rio de Janeiro, took over the most densely populated favela in the city during the re-opening of cultural center Casa de Cultura da Rocinha. High powered projections gave space to voices that are often silenced by failed pacification police programs, .

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The building in which Casa de Cultura is based from 1927, and it was officially declared a cultural heritage for being considered the building. Rocinha currently the home of more than 200 thousand inhabitants, and is the most densely populated favela in the city. Casa de Cultura originally opened in 2003, with performances of local artists, in addition to Gilberto Gil

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Foto: M.A.ƒ.I.A.
Foto: M.A.ƒ.I.A.

The cultural center offered workshops in a diverse range of arts practices, including music, theater, literature and fine arts. Closed for 6 years, the house reopenith the objective of not only to  the activities previously offered, but also integrate other  and cultural practicendependent media and communication activities. This unday evening's intervention was the first step of a new journey for the institution, coordinated by Mauricio Soca in collaboration with multiple partners. 

Foto: Mídia NINJA     
Foto: Mídia NINJA

While cultural agents and activists, from Rocinha, different parts of Brazil and abroad, gathered at the culture center's terrace for the reopening  party, light cannons projected messages on the rocky formation surrounding the favela, at Dois Irmãos hillside. The lyrics of a popular brazilian funk song “I just want to be happy, walk peacefully around the favela where I was born", was projected during the intervention.Activists also projected words calling for the freedom of activist Fabio Hideki, arrested during a protest in São Paulo two weeks ago. Tags like "Love" and "Freedom" were among projections.

 Foto: M.A.ƒ.I.A.
Foto: M.A.ƒ.I.A.