Our first International Festival Academy culminates in a one-day festival this Saturday in a one-day festival with local young people and an international performance.
On Saturday 15 June, Southbank Centre is collaborating with local artists and young people to stage Southbank Centre @ Pelourinho Festival, a day-long multi-arts form festival in the Peleourinho neighbourhood of Salvador, Bahia in Brazil. At the centre of the festival will be a performance by the NEOJIBA youth orchestra led by its founder and musical director Ricardo Castro featuring our Artist in Residence, cellist Oliver Coates. The festival will also offer a range of specially commissioned photography, poetry, dance and music events and is the culmination of a two-year collaborative project between Southbank Centre and NEOJIBA with support from the British Council.
The festival is the culmination of our first international academy and will also be the first milestone of the Festival Academy in Pelourinho, which has been running from 13 May – 14 June 2013 following Southbank Centre’s ethos of placing young people at the heart of its programming. The Festival Academy training programme has worked with 30 local young people on event planning and festival management, looking to build up their cultural production skills in preparation for the delivery of the festival on 15 June. Participants in the Festival Academy will also receive an international Arts Award, a UK accreditation system for young people who learn new skills, set personal challenges and take on positions of leadership. The festival is a Southbank Centre initiative created and delivered in partnership with NEOJIBA and the British Council. The project also forms part of Transform, the British Council’s new contemporary arts programme for 2012-16 which aims to develop the artistic dialogue between the UK and Brazil in the run-up to the Olympic celebrations.
The second milestone will be reached when young people from the Festival Academy come over to London to take part in Southbank Centre’s ‘Pelhourinho weekend’ as part of our Festival of Neighbourhood with MasterCard on 17 and 18 August 2013. The London weekend will bring the colourful spirit of Brazil to Southbank Centre and will feature mass outdoor dance performances and drumming among other events.