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A Model Favela From Rio De Janeiro Is Coming To London

By Laura Reynolds Last edited 12 months ago
A Model Favela From Rio De Janeiro Is Coming To London
Panoramic view of the Alemão favela complex from a cable car. © AF Rodrigues. Part of the Favela: Joy and Pain in the City exhibition.

A favela modelled on those in the city of Rio de Janeiro is being built in south London this summer.

As part of Horniman Museum's Festival of Brasil, a model favela, or shanty town,  will be installed in the museum's gardens for two months. It's created by Project Morrinho, a social and cultural project from the Laranjeiras neighbourhood of Rio, where young people build intricate models of the favelas they grew up in.

Alongside the installation, exhibition Favela: Joy And Pain In The City shows the reality of life in Rio de Janeiro's favelas, through photos taken by three people who live there.

Live Forró music, street performers, traditional dancing, Brazilian films and jazz concerts complete the festival's impressive programme, with events for visitors of all ages.

João Marcos Rosa's photography shows Brazil's wild side.

We're particularly looking forward to photography display Fauna Brazil, which shows off some of the country's impressive wildlife.

The climax to the Rio summer is the Horniman Carnival on 4 September, when a parade, stalls, samba dancing, pop-up performances and Brazilian food see the festival go out with a bang.

Festival Of Brasil takes place 3 July-4 September. See individual event pages for price and booking information.

Last Updated 06 June 2016