#FavelaBrass2016 – Our First Chance!

The first concrete opportunity of our ‪#‎FavelaBrass2016‬ campaign has arrived!

Yesterday Rio’s Culture Ministry invited Favela Brass to the the launch of a new program, which will award the 120 winning bands with R$20,000 and the chance to play up to 5 shows on the cultural stages that will be set up around the city during the “Olympic period” (May – Sept).


[Above: Culture Secretary Marcelo Calero announcing the program yesterday]

Applications will open on Tuesday and we’ll probably have about 6 weeks to put our bid together. Part of this application will almost certainly be a showreel of the children playing, so the challenge over the coming weeks will be to put together a show that does justice to our childrens’ talents, then get a top quality recording of us performing it in public.

Exciting stuff!!

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Bindu Mathur

Bindu Mathur was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada and worked for 10 years in London as a TV producer/director, making science and history documentaries for the BBC, Discovery and Channel 4. She also made videos for international NGOs and has filmed in Asia, Africa, Europe, North America and South America. Resident in Rio de Janeiro since 2007 she is the owner of the award-winning Casa Beleza B&B in Santa Teresa, where she lives with her husband and two children. She is a long-time collaborator with Favela Brass including making films for the project. Her children also studied at the project.