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Festival of Brasil at the Horniman - summer 2016

Join us to discover the richness of Brazilian culture this summer. We’ve collaborated with Brazilian artists and communities to bring you a snapshot of urban Brazil with a season of unique events and exhibitions, inspired by their everyday lives and neighbourhoods.

Experience installations, new dance performances and specially commissioned street art, both at the Horniman and throughout our Forest Hill neighbourhood, as well as fascinating photography displays and music. Be part of our digital conversations with #hornimanbrazil and get involved in dancing, making art or music at our events. Come and discover your own view of Brazil this summer at the Horniman.

  • Fauna Brasil - Macaws, Joao Marcos Rosa, Joao Marcos Rosa
    Joao Marcos Rosa, Joao Marcos Rosa

Season events

  • Festa JulinaOur Festival of Brasil kicks off with Festa Julina, a traditional Brazilian party in the Horniman Gardens. Encounter live Forró music, Brazilian square dance, street performances, traditional Brazilian games, face painting and more. Festa Julina is inspired by Festa Junina - one of the most important festivals in Brazil after Carnival, celebrating the harvest of the corn in the Brazilian countryside. Sunday 3 July.
  • Jazz picnics: Chill out to Brazilian jazz concerts on our Bandstand terrace with its stunning views across London. The Horniman Café will be open on the terrace, serving light bites and drinks. Thursdays in July. 
    Adriano Adewale Group
    Monica Vasconcelos and the London Bossa Collective
    Panorama do Choro
  • LabirintoA captivating evening of contemporary dance, music and surprising installations curated by award-winning Brazilian contemporary choreographer Jean Abreu and his collaborating artists. Labirinto will show you contemporary Brazil, as you've never seen before. Thursday 28 July.
  • Sunday Bandstand Concerts: Grab your dancing shoes and enjoy our weekly series of free outdoor concerts showcasing the diversity of Brazilian music from samba to tropicália. Sundays in August. 
    Let Drum Beat
    Pé De Jurema
  • Horniman Carnival: Celebrate the end of our Festival of Brasil with an afternoon of carnival parades, concerts, pop-up performances, Brazilian music, workshops and food. Sunday 4 September. 
  • Cineclub Brazil Film Screenings:
    The Second Mother (2015) (Que Horas Ela Volta?) on Wednesday 13 July, 6-8pm
    City of God (2002) (Cidade de Deus)on Wednesday 10 August, 6-8pm.
  • Hear it Live! Live music with Guitarist and Royal Academy of Music prizewinner Michael Butten on Tuesday 26 July and Master percussionist Adriano Adewale on Tuesday 30 August. 

Season exhibitions

  • Favela: joy and pain in the cityA free exhibition of unique photographs showing the realities of favela life in Rio de Janeiro by three young Brazilian photographers. Until 18 September 2016
  • Project MorrinhoDiscover a model favela in the Horniman Gardens, created by Project Morrinho. The favela, built out of bricks, is inspired by the landscape and architecture of the favelas in the city of Rio. 
    Help us to create the model in one of the Project Morrinho Workshops.
  • Fauna BrazilThis photographic display by João Marcos Rosa showcases the incredible wildlife of Brazil including the unique animals of the Atlantic Forest and the tropical wetlands of the Brazilian Pantanal.  2 July 2016 - 8 January 2017
  • Brazilian Street ArtExplore the Horniman Gardens and discover specially created murals inspired by the Museum’s collections and created by some of Brazil’s most exciting street artists from the LATA Street Culture Festival. Then follow our online trail and discover more commissioned street art around the Horniman and Forest Hill area. 3 July - 4 September 2016. 
  • Brazilian Food GardenBlack turtle beans, sugar cane, coffee and cassava are among the plants featured in a colourful culinary display in the Horniman Food Garden, taking its inspiration from iconic dishes and drinks of Brazil. From 21 May. 
  • Carnival in RioThis small display celebrates some of the Brazilian instruments, music and costumes that feature in the parades at Carnival including a cavaquinho (small four-stringed guitar), agogo (a quadruple bell), and a variety of drums. From 23 May.

Family events

  • Big Wednesdays: Explore and celebrate Brazil with us, featuring storytelling, dance and films to music performances and art and craft inspired by traditions from all over Brazil. There’ll be different activities each Wednesday. Wednesdays in August. 
  • Regular family activites will have a Brazilian theme.