Brazilian artists invading London

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Brazilian artists are to invade London in celebration of the Olympics.

Rio de Janeiro’s finest young artists will help create and stage Rio Occupation London.

Thirty talented youngsters will land on July 6 and spend 30 days creating 30 new works of art inspired by the artists, audience and ambience of the Olympic city.

The artistic army will sleep in the Battersea Arts Centre by night, but by day each will occupy a different location of the capital, creating art across the city to mark their journey to Rio 2016.

The cast of artists have been drawn from Brazil’s dynamic new generation of cultural innovators - from Cinema and theatre makers to dancers, choreographers and DJs.

Highlights will include performance artist Laura Lima’s ‘live cinema’ performance, and Londoner’s can sign up to have their own homes occupied by performers.

Graphic artist Breno Pineschi will cover the capital with hundreds of magnetic bananas, while the Brazilian Kitchen Band will acquaint Londoners with the latest sounds and tastes of Rio.

Ruth Mackenzie, London 2012 Festival Director said: "I can’t wait to see what they produce in London this summer, and I look forward to their collaborations for Rio during their build up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016."

Rio Occupation London, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, Battersea; July 8 - August 7, 7:30pm, Free, For more info and to book visit www.rioOccupationlondon.com

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