Rio Occupation London: Free Festival Finale this week

Rio Occupation London: Free Festival Finale this week

Rio Occupation London: Festival Finale | 1-3 August 2012, V22 Summer Club at the Biscuit Factory, Bermondsey | FREE

Tickets are completely free but to guarantee entry attendees should book in advance via Battersea Arts Centre:

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Use the hashtag #RioOccupationLDN to join in.

Join us for a 3 day warehouse party in Bermondsey to celebrate 30 days, 30 artists and 30 works of art all in the Rio Occupation London.

For three extraordinary days at the beginning of August they’ll come together to present and perform in London’s most exciting new gallery/club/performance venue: V22 at the Biscuit Factory in Bermondsey for the FREE Rio Occupation London Festival Finale.

What’s more, attendees will have the chance to win two places on the return leg of the occupation, joining 30 British artists as they head across to Rio in 2013.

A Brazilian artistic bonanza from Rio’s new generation of artists, the Festival offers a unique chance to experience over thirty original art works. Each day begins at 15.00 with opportunities to view, interact, appreciate, experience and digest a dazzling array of video installations, live performance, cinema, theatre, dance, music, etc.

There will always be food and drink and every night finishes with a party led by live musicians and DJs. 30 hours over three days, this is art that surprises, challenges, provokes and amuses – from guerrilla banana street art to an Endless Poem, from live cinema to suspended bodies, from a 7m Queen Victoria to a Brazilian Musical Kitchen.

These amazing works have been created by Rio’s boldest artistic voices, who have created a dazzling array of new work during a month of Occupations at The Albany Theatre, B3 Media, Bush Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Brick Box, Hightide Festival, RichMix, River of Music Festival, Roundhouse, Shortwave Cinema, Somerset House, Southbank Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Olympic Park.

All of the artists will be present throughout the festival to meet audiences and talk with them about their work.

Here’s our top picks of the artworks on show in this dazzling finale:

Alessandra Maestrini: Opening The Rehearsing Room / Rehearsing Room: The Opening Discoveries (with Phoenix Martins)

Cabaret music performance. After 15 years performing in theatre and singing in award-winning musical plays, Alessandra is showing London the world premiere of her first solo album show besides new compositions in an unprecedented collaboration with Phoenix Martins hosted by the Roundhouse.

Breno Pineshi: Tropical Clusters

Genre: Guerrilla Banana Art installation

Drawing a territorial conquest of London, Breno have been literally filling the Olympic capital with banana bunches in installations and surreal flash mobs that convey the joy and magnetic radiation of Brazilian culture through vibrant colours. When placed on metal structures (bus, pay phones, bridges), they group up in clusters because of their lightweight paper structure, equipped with super powerful mini-magnets. Come and see a giant installation of this tropical pennant that springs up in unlikely places, inviting the viewer to laugh, think, reflect and admire the Brazilian bananas.

Bruno Vianna: Olympic archaeology: the ruin machine

Genre: realist fiction

Drawing from urban interventions taking place in London and Rio in preparation for 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, Bruno is creating an installation where the public will see relics, houses and stories excavated from London and Rio in a distant future. Maps, photos and a documentary will anticipate the story we will tell in the forthcoming time about the transformations we are living now.

Christiane Jatahy: In the Comfort of your Home.

Fourteen original art works created in homes across London – re-presented in fourteen mini-video installations. The people of London have responded to a call out offering their home, story and way of living to the Rio Occupation artists create a special event under their roof. Christiane have directed the Rio artists in 14 bespoke performances which took place in Londoners homes. 14 video-installations documenting this surprising project will reveal the tender encounters of cariocas and Londoners in the Festival Finale.

Eric and Robson: London Carnisvalle: A Samba and Drama Fairytale

A Carnival Ball involving fantastical London and Rio characters – including a 7m Queen Victoria!

Luciana Bezerra – Dream House

Video installation for one presented in a yellow shack that has been based at the Southbank Centre for the last month. An audio-visual experience of how Luciana met Londoners without speaking English.

Paulo Camacho: Endless Festival

Genre: interactive video projection installation (sensorial fairground/amusement park)

The literal immersive cinema: mixing a ball pool and video projection Paulo creates a nursery for adults. Dive in! What’s the point in just watching the film?

Rupert Dannreuther

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