Festive Brazil opens

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The Southbank Centre in London, UK is hosting a summer–long Brazilian arts festival from 19 June to 5 September 2010 featuring musical icons such as Gilberto Gil, Maria Bethnia, Os Mutantes and Tom ZÉ; Brazilian visual arts in the Hayward Gallery; design from the Campana brothers; and talks with writer Milton Hatoum and ex–footballer Socrates.

Festival Brazil is a contemporary snapshot of the nation's diverse culture in a vibrant growing economy and with some fierce social problems. The Festival reflects what the country is thinking and talking about today. A range of debates, talks, performances, exhibitions and installations by artists and leading cultural and political figures gives a sense of a nation that has moved from despair to hope in 20 years. Creative thinkers from Brazil and the UK also offer perspectives on Brazil's global role in the 21st century and the way that culture can help shape civic society. The summer at Southbank Centre conjures up the joyful outdoor life that Brazilians revel in, as aspects of the site are transformed into places for performance and celebration. The Brazilian community in London has been crucial to the planning of the Festival. The event is being sponsored by banking giant HSBC. For further information visit www. southbankcentre. co. uk/brazil

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