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On from 25 Sep 2008 till 27 Sep 2008
by AfroReggae

About: Favelization

Rio’s cultural warriors are back with a brand new show accentuating the positive. Following a successful year performing across India, China, United States and Europe, AfroReggae returns to the Barbican with an explosion of percussion. Hip-Hop and reggae rhythms from the heart of the favela fuse with the deep funk sounds of James Brown, providing a pulsating peripheral vision that sees art where others see no solution.

Favelization will feature sounds and images from young performers in East London, inspired by AfroReggae.

Performance time: 20:00
Running time: 135 mins/no interval

Commissioned by barbicanbite08
Presented in association with People's Palace Projects

AfroReggae is a cultural group that was established in the favela (shantytown) of Vigário Geral in 1993. It works within some of the most excluded communities in Rio de Janeiro, aiming to create alternatives for young people through arts-based activities. The story of the group was documented in the award-winning film Favela Rising.

AfroReggae was last seen at the Barbican as part of bite07 with sell-out success From The Favela To The World. The AfroReggae UK Partnership aims to develop a programme in which young people can use the arts to explore effective means to change their world.


‘The majority of the audience are out of their seats and dancing... dazzling.’ The Independent

‘AfroReggae are a Brazilian phenomenon.’ The Guardian

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