Connecting with Brazil

Brazilian artist Heider Ouveira, Homelessness activist Maralice dos Santos from the Rio Homeless People's Movement and Matt Peacock from Streetwise Opera at the British Council.

It is inspiring to meet people who are fighting the same cause as yourselves: dignity and social recognition for people affected by homelessness are shared goals in Rio de Janeiro as much as in London we found out today. Some facts were shocking: we found out that more than 15,000 people sleeping rough in Sáo Paulo according to Rafael da Silva, a municipal government official visiting in London today (in London the number is 2,500). At the British Council, in London, Cafe Art today met a group of 14 Brazilians from Sáo Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are here to focus on shared strategies, fighting homelessness through art as part of With One Voice. The Brazilian group is made up of a diverse group including of artists who have been homeless and set up the grass roots Movimento da Populaçao de Rua (Homeless People's Movement), The People's Palace to representatives from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo city councils. Organised by the UK's own Streetwise Opera who were instrumental in raising awareness of homelessness in London during the 2012 Olympics, the other UK organisations connecting this week include The Choir With No Name