Meanwhile, also happening in Rio de Janeiro

With the Olympics now in full swing, most of the city is either concentrating on having a good time, watching the sport, or trying to get on with their daily lives in the midst of it all.. Meanwhile, wedged in between the lively and popular ‘Austria House’ and Rio Sul shopping centre, the OcupaMinc collective have created a new space, a follow on from the Ministry of Culture, which was occupied for 70 days in protest of the cutting of this cultural institution, and making the statement Fora Temer – for interim President Michel Temer to step down, in the light of the impeachment of Dilma Roussef.

The new space is the Canecao – a famous music venue that hosted hundreds of national and international artists for their shows in Rio, a beloved place to many, it has been left empty for years, and now the aim is to breathe new life into the space, and use it as a place for independent cultural activities, discussion, protest. I’m currently working with John Surico and Angela Almeida on an article about the movement and the new wave of young activists in a politically instable Brazil, in addition to a collaborative film (more about that soon) Watch this space… Here a few shots from the opening night on Thursday:

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The new Ocupa Minc – the Canecao, is a famous concert venue that has been empty for years, opening night.

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Chico Buraque at The new Ocupa Minc – the Canecao, is a famous concert venue that has been empty for years, opening night 4th August.

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The new Ocupa Minc – the Canecao, is a famous concert venue that has been empty for years, opening night 4th August.

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BNegao playing at The new Ocupa Minc – the Canecao, is a famous concert venue that has been empty for years.

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The new Ocupa Minc – the Canecao, is a famous concert venue that has been empty for years, opening night 4th August.

 Phil Clarke Hill

The new Ocupa Minc – the Canecao, is a famous concert venue that has been empty for years, opening night 4th August.

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