Breaking news! A With One Voice choir (based at the cathedral in Rio) performed at the start of the final day of the Olympic torch relay on Friday 5 August. We were delighted that 35 homeless performers sang as the torch started its journey through the city from the Christ the Redeemer statue on its way to the Maracana Stadium for the lighting of the caldron during the opening ceremony.
Watch a video of the performance on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/with1voice
Between 18 and 25 July, With One Voice – together with People’s Palace Projects and supported by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK Branch, British Council and Macquarie Group Foundation – delivered almost 40 workshops, pop-up performances and training events in Rio as part of the 2016 Cultural Olympiad.
Watch the launch of With One Voice as recorded in Rio!
The launch event featured local and international performances including a Rio choir performing on stilts, a dance work by Sokerissa from Tokyo, and a verbatim theatre piece directed by Marcus Faustini and performed by a Rio transgender homeless person. It also included a symbolic handover of the Olympic arts and homelessness ‘baton’ to Japan in preparation for Tokyo 2020.
Performances and speeches are mostly in Portuguese with some English translations.
By Jez Green, Facilitator of the Manchester Homelessness Charter
For the last eight years I’ve worked for Mustard Tree, a Manchester based charity committed to combating poverty and homelessness. Since November 2015 my time has been seconded to the city, to work across all sectors and to facilitate the work of the Manchester Homelessness Charter.
For the third With One Voice exchange in Brazil (now widely known by its Portuguese name, Um Só Voz), we are bringing a delegation of 17 practitioners, people with experience of homelessness and policy-makers from around the world to Rio in July 2016 as part of the Rio 2016 Cultural Olympiad.
Matt Peacock, Director of With One Voice, talks about the third exchange in Brazil and the launch of the new movement.