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What's your favourite 60s Rock song?

The Museu da Imigração in São Paulo Brazil have been inspired to put on an English-themed music concert in their Gardens.

  • Museum of Immigration, Music in the Garden concert at the Museum of Immigration − ©  Museu da Imigracao
    Music in the Garden concert at the Museum of Immigration

This summer we had a Brazilian theme to our events and exhibitions. Our Festival of Brasil celebrated the South American country in all its many colours and diversities.

We met and worked with many Brazilian partners – artists, musicians, dancers and other museums. One museum we worked with is the Museu da Imigração (Museum of Immigration) in São Paulo in Brazil. We discovered that we have similar events to the Museu da Imigração.

Throughout July and August we put on Jazz Picnics and Sunday Bandstand concerts where we celebrated the diversity of Brazilian music, from Samba to Forró, Tropicália to MPB, and Bossa Nova to Choro.

The Museu da Imigração have similar events in their Gardens. Their Música no Jardim (Music in the Gardens) concerts happen once a month and focus on a different theme or place each time. We love seeing the similarities and differences between our events!

As a way of connecting with us, they are going to use one of their Music in the Gardens concerts to focus on English Music – much like our summer concerts focused on Brazilian music.

Their band, Vitroux, will be playing 60s British Rock songs. Their set list will include:

1. Heart Full of Soul - Yardbirds

2. We've Gotta Get Out of this Place - The Animals

3. Ask Me Why - The Beatles

4. Please Please Me - The Beatles

5. Waterloo Sunset - The kinks

6. Afternoon Tea - The Kinks

7. Worksong  - The Animals

8. Blue Feeling - The Animals

9. Wild Thing - The Troggs  

10. Under my Thumb - The Rolling Stones

11. Cool Calm and Collected - The Rolling Stones

12. Chains - The Beatles

13. Tattoo - The Who

14. Our Love Was - The Who

15. My Generation - The Who

We want you to have your say and vote for your favourite song from their list. Which song do you think sums up British music from the 60s? Do you think there are any vital songs they have forgotten?

You can vote by writing your comments on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. We will then share your comments with the Museu da Imigração.

Summer Raffle winners

Check your tickets! We're announcing the winners of the 2016 Summer Raffle.

  • Summer Raffle winners, Our raffle and fundraising activities help us produce free events such as our popular Horniman Carnival.
    Our raffle and fundraising activities help us produce free events such as our popular Horniman Carnival.

A very big thank you to all those who bought raffle tickets during this summers’ Festival of Brasil and helped support the charitable work of the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

We raised an amazing £2,625 which will support our educational programmes, the conservation of our collections, the maintenance of our buildings and will help us to programme more fantastic free events in future.

The ten lucky winners are:

Meet the Animals – Wendy Klein (07961)
Behind the scenes tour of the Aquarium – Sue Henderson (08468)
A free Family Membership – Raj Joneja (06643)
Family ticket to Dinosaurs: Monster Families – Joolz (08919)
£50 voucher for the Café – Fernando (07991)
Cuddly Walrus – Kirsty (06639); Andrew Eastham (07943); Viv (08707); Paul Williams (06893); Margaret (06875)

To claim your prize please contact fundraising@horniman.ac.uk. All winners must provide the tickets listed above as proof of purchase.

Find out more about supporting the Horniman, including details of our Membership scheme.

Who is Saci Perere?

Local performance group Whippersnappers go in search of the Brazilian folklore character of Saci Perere before their show at our Festival of Brasil.

‘Saci Perere is one of the most well-known mythical characters of Brazil. We have been busy speaking to our Brazilian friends and family and asking them what they know about Saci Perere.

Everyone seems to know what Saci looks like. They all say he wears a red cap, red shorts and has one leg. Some people say he lost his leg when he escaped from his slave master in the 18th century and others say he lost his leg when playing capoeira, but most people say Saci Perere has one leg and that is just how he is.

Legend has it that if you grab Saci’s red cap you are granted a wish, but the cap’s smell is so bad, you may never rid yourself of it.

Nobody has ever seen Saki Perere but they have all heard stories about how mischievous he is! Saci is a trickster and is blamed for all the things that go wrong in life – he burns the food and hides children’s toys.

We travelled to Ghana in May where we asked local tailors to stitch some of the backdrops for our performances and had a local puppeteer, Yevo a Togalese, create a Saci mask and puppet.

We were interested in the influence that enslaved African people had over the appearance of Saci Perere in Brazil. There are similarities between the African folklore character of Anancy (a trickster spider) and Saci Perere.

The performance

Our performance at the Horniman’s Festival of Brasil is an original theatre piece entitled “Cade O Saci Perere?” (Where is Saci Perere?)

It will draw inspiration from Brazilian handcraft. Brazilian handcraft is influenced by indigenous, African and Portuguese culture and enriched with the European and Asian migration’s touch, creating unique and colourful art.

Some of our decorations are based on the Brazilian ‘fuxico’ technique. Fuxico is where a piece of fabric which is cut into a circle, the edges are sewn and then pulled into the centre to create a round decoration. The name ‘fuxico’ is old slang for gossip as traditionally women would get together to sew these and gossip.

The show is also inspired by Brazilian ‘Folguedos’. Folguedos are traditional folk celebrations that feature live music, dance and theatrical performances some of which are performed on the streets around Brazil. Some Folguedos have religious roots and have over time been modified with new choreographies, costumes and masks.

Our performance will feature live music from Alba Cabral who will be playing Berimbau, pandeiro, surdo, tamborin, reco-reco (guiros), caxixis (shakers), the guitar, ukulele and kalimba.

Our show will be suitable for all the family and will have a sensory content to ensure it is accessible to children and adults with special needs. If you want to make sure you get a comfy seat bring your own cushion as we are expecting a lot of people. The word is spreading that Saci perere is coming to Forest Hill so if you live locally watch out he doesn’t turn your milk sour or put salt in your dough!'

See Whippersnappers’ performances of Cade O Saci Perere on Wednesday 24 August and on Sunday 4 September.

Summer Raffle

Win some fantastic prizes in our Summer Raffle. 

Tickets are just £1, or 6 for £5, and are available at the Horniman until 4 September 2016. Look out for ticket sellers at all Festival of Brasil events or visit the Ticket Desk.

The draw will take place on Friday 9 September.

All proceeds help support the work of the Horniman Museum and Gardens (Charity Registration Number 802725).

The prizes are:

Aquarium Tour

Join a curator for a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of our much-loved aquarium.

The tour is for up to 5 visitors and available Monday – Friday. Prize must be taken up by 31 December 2016, dates subject to availability.
Find out more about the Aquarium.

Meet the Animals

An exclusive opportunity to meet the residents of our Animal Walk, including alpacas, goats, guinea pigs and chickens.

The tour is for up to 5 visitors and available Monday – Friday. Prize must be taken up by 31 December 2016, dates subject to availability.
Find out more about the Animal Walk.

Meal in the Café

Treat yourself with our delicious selection of hot and cold meals, amazing cakes and locally-sourced drinks.

Voucher for all food and drink up to £50. The voucher can be used any time during usual Café opening hours. Valid until 31 December 2016.
Find out more about the Café.

Tickets to Dinosaurs: Monster Families

Discover the world of dinosaurs and their young in our family-focused interactive exhibition. The winner will receive a free family ticket for two adults and two children, valid until 30 October 2016.
Find out more about Dinosaurs: Monster Families.

Horniman Family Membership

Enjoy a year of fantastic benefits including free and unlimited entry to the Aquarium and our temporary exhibitions, and a 10% discount in our Shop.
Find out more about Membership.

Plus, five more winners will receive one of our famous cuddly walrus toys!

Terms and Conditions

1. Closing date 04/09/2016.
2. Entry is via tickets purchased at the Horniman Museum and Gardens only. Entrants must provide details of their chosen contact method. Please keep the ticket as proof of purchase.
3. The prize winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries received by the closing date. The decision is final and non-negotiable.
4. The winner of each prize will be notified by their chosen contact method by 12/09/2016. The winners must claim the prize within two weeks or they will be considered forfeited and another draw will take place.
5. Winners may be asked to provide a photograph or to be photographed and interviewed to provide a quote about winning in order to help promote future fundraising.
6. Entrants must be over 16 and resident in UK.
7. No cash alternative.
8. Prizes are non-transferable.
9. The Horniman Museum and Gardens reserves the right to substitute the prizes with a prize of similar value at its own discretion.
10. The Horniman Museum & Gardens reserves the right to withdraw or amend the raffle as necessary due to circumstances outside its control.
11. By entering the raffle, all entrants will be deemed to have accepted and agreed to be bound by these rules.
12. Employees of the Horniman Museum and Gardens, their agencies and other companies directly involved in the running of the raffle are not permitted to enter.
13. The competition is run by the Horniman Museum and Gardens, 100 London Road, London SE23 3PQ

We are committed to protecting your privacy in line with the Data Protection Act. The data you have supplied will be held securely. We will not share this information with any third party without your consent.

Thank you for supporting the Horniman.

Watching Brazilian films at the Horniman

This summer, as part of our Festival of Brasil, we collaborated with the Brazilian Embassy's Cineclub Brazil to screen two films in our Pavilion. The first is The Second Mother and the second is City of God.

Here, we chat to the Brazilian Embassy about why they picked these two films to represent Brazilian cinema. 

  • Watching Brazilian films at the Horniman, The Second Mother
    The Second Mother

Why did you pick these two films for showing as part of the Brazil Summer Season at the Horniman?

The two titles showing this summer at the Horniman give a good notion of Brazilian contemporary cinema and its international recognition.

Brazilian cinema has had a crucial role in questioning the country’s social issues. Both City of God and The Second Mother illustrate contemporary Brazil, they also depict completely different environments, themes, social classes, locations and historical political moments in the country.

City of God is a violent, fast-paced film that narrates the story of a group of favela-dwellers in Rio, going from the 60’s to the 80’s. We see how the characters’ lives have been affected as consequences of their actions. The film provoked a debate of modern urban problems like violence, social discrepancy, and drug dealing. It showed a completely new side of the city of Rio de Janeiro that is usually described by its natural beauty and tourist attractions - Sugar loaf, Copacabana Beach and its Carnival.

Internationally, City of God was also embraced with enthusiasm by critics and the general public. In 2003, it was released in the UK, achieving the third highest box-office receipts among foreign productions in England. The title received nominations for best foreign film in both the American Golden Globes and the Academy Awards.

The Second Mother is a touching tale about the relationship of a north-eastern nanny and a wealthy family in Sao Paulo. It explores the conflicts and social issues of modern life in a metropolitan city in Brazil (migration, working class conditions and regionalism) touched by references to fairy tales.

The film premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, winning the Special Jury Prize. It received critical praise in and outside Brazil and was selected as the Brazilian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. It won the Woman Film Critics Circle Awards in 2015. Director Anna Muylaert won the Panomara Prize at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival.

  • Watching Brazilian films at the Horniman, City of God
    City of God

Why is Cinema important to Brazilian culture?

Films provide a window to different cultures, whether you have an interest in a specific country, in learning a language, or are just curious.

Regardless of the stories or styles of filmmaking, the medium contains a great deal of information about people and places. Someone across the Atlantic who might not have yet visited Brazil can easily learn something about the country and its culture by watching Brazilian films.

The Brazilian domestic audience has also increased lately, following box-office hits from national titles.

For instance, the response to City of God immediately after its release was unprecedented in Brazilian cinema. More than 130,000 people saw the movie on its first weekend, and it quickly became the fifth biggest box-office hit ever in national cinema.

Such figures are quite impressive if one considers that cinema is far from being a popular entertainment in Brazil, a country that is engulfed by the culture of the ‘telenovelas’. Traditionally, the high price of a ticket made cinema a recreation for the middle and upper classes in Brazil.

What would you like viewers to take away from these films?

Each film takes the audience on completely different emotional journeys. However, the fast-paced City of God, it’s quick-editing, and thriller-action elements such as violence overdose, police chasing and gun-shootings are similar to successful commercial blockbusters.

The Second Mother is an emotional journey that engages the audience with the hope for a happy, fairy-tale ending. There are universal themes in this: the criticism of judging others by their appearances or social class and ignoring their capacities; wishes that come true as long as you work hard for them.

We hope the The Second Mother and City of God will provide a little taste of Brazil – a country that was originally formed by a mix of cultures, social issues, regionalisms and beliefs – as well as being entertaining.

Watch The Second Mother on 13 July and City of God on 10 August as part of our Festival of Brasil

About the Art: João Marcos Rosa

Our new photography exhibition, Fauna Brazil, is now on display in Gallery Square as part of our Festival of Brasil

We chat to Brazilian photographer João Marcos Rosa about his life-long passion for wildlife photography. 

  • About the Art: João Marcos Rosa, Perched to a bromelia's leaf a tree frog awaits for insects to feast on. Estação Veracel, Bahia State.− © João Marcos Rosa
    Perched to a bromelia's leaf a tree frog awaits for insects to feast on. Estação Veracel, Bahia State.

How did you get into wildlife photography?

I lived close to nature all through my childhood and my first contact with wildlife was when my father and grandfather took me on trips to the countryside.

My grandfather was an amateur photographer who kept lots of books. When I was 15 years old he gave me my first camera. It became my partner on the trips I took to all the wild places in my state. It also was a way to bring a new vision of unknown places back to my family and friends. Nature soon became my passion and object of study.

I wanted to tell the stories behind the photographs and so went University to study journalism. I also published my wildlife stories in newspapers.

My links with conservation projects happened naturally, as soon as I started to search for new stories to tell.

How do you set up your camera so you don’t scare the animals?

I work with researchers who know the animals’ behaviours for most of my projects so I can plan the best techniques to get the pictures I want.

Sometimes I use long telephoto lenses and in other cases wide angle lenses triggered by a remote control.

  • About the Art: João Marcos Rosa, João Marcos Rosa sets up his camera− © Olivier Jaudoi
    João Marcos Rosa sets up his camera

Do you have to wait a long time to get the perfect shot?

Yes. Photographing birds, especially raptors like the harpy eagle, I have waited for days to get some special shots.

The picture of the harpy eagle carrying the armadillo, which is in the exhibition, took me eight years to capture. Since starting the project in 2004 I have never had another opportunity like that.

As I say, you get luckier the more time you dedicate to your project.

  • About the Art: João Marcos Rosa, An Harpy Eagle carrying a yellow armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus) to its six months old chick in the nest. Serra das Araras, Mato Grosso State.
Photograph on display at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.
    An Harpy Eagle carrying a yellow armadillo (Euphractus sexcinctus) to its six months old chick in the nest. Serra das Araras, Mato Grosso State. Photograph on display at the Horniman Museum and Gardens.

What are your favourite animals to photograph?

I love to photograph giant otters. They are funny animals and very sociable. They live in large families and keep playing, fishing and swimming all day long.

The pictures I take of the otters show a vision of a pure happiness in the wildlife.

How did you decide which photos to include in this exhibition?

I have tried to consider the biodiversity of all the ecosystems in Brazil: Amazonia, Atlantic Rainforest, Caatinga, Cerrado, Pantanal and the Coast. So these images represent the diversity of Brazilian wildlife.

What would you like people to think about when looking at your photographs?

I would like people to feel the same happiness I experienced when watching those scenes.

I hope that after seeing the exhibition, people will be more open to think about the importance of wildlife conservation.

What does Brazil mean to you?

Brazil means happiness to me. It is the place I choose to live, raise my family and do most of my work.

  • About the Art: João Marcos Rosa, A pair of Learâs Macaw in the valleys of the Canudos Ecological Station. Bahia State.− © João Marcos Rosa
    A pair of Learâs Macaw in the valleys of the Canudos Ecological Station. Bahia State.

Watch another interview with João Marcos Rosa and see more of his photography:

Fauna Brazil is curated by Alicia Bastos in association with Braziliarty

See Fauna Brazil in Gallery Square until 8 January 2017.

Heaven & Hell - What Else?

A huge new Carnival installation has been installed in Gallery Square as part of our Festival of Brasil

The artwork was made as part of a joint project between artists Charles Beauchamp and Julieta Rubio from Mandinga Arts and Brazilian artists and performers Robson Rozza and Saulo Eduardo.

The artists were inpired by many of the exciting Brazilian objects at our Study Collections Centre, where they were shown round by our Collections staff.

The installation represents both heaven and hell. The angelic white figure is contrasted by the rise of a red wing, revealing a strange and tainted side to every great being.

The costume is inspired by the energy of Carnival in Brazil and revolutionary Brazilian icons like Xica da Silva and Ney Matogrosso, symbols of hope and champions of equality. 

The huge artwork will hang in the installation space above Gallery Square for the whole summer season during our Festival of Brasil. It will then be taken down and worn as part of a parade through the gardens at our Horniman Carnival on the 4 September. 

Brazil Food Garden

The Horniman’s Festival of Brasil extends out into the Food Garden this summer. Among wildflowers in the green, gold, blue and white of the Brazilian flag, we’ve grouped some of our food plants by recipe to give you a taste of the country’s vibrant food and drink culture.

Brazil’s cuisine is a mixture of European, African and South American influences, and in the display you’ll find plants from the Old and New Worlds and from temperate and tropical regions.

One of the most important tropical crops for us to include was Manihot esculentum, otherwise known as cassava or manioc. This fast-growing shrub is native to Brazil and produces starchy tubers – like potatoes or yams – that have been a staple food in South America for thousands of years. You can find cassava growing in the tacaca and arrumadinho sections of the garden.

It is not an easy plant to source in the UK and ours were grown from seed sown in January this year.

Elsewhere in the garden you’ll find the black beans needed to make the popular pork and bean stew feijoada, the okra used in the West African-influenced caruru, and of course the lime and sugar cane needed to mix a proper caipirinha

It wouldn’t be a Brazilian summer without a bit of colour so around our recipes we’ve sown a mixture of wildflowers in the colours of the Brazilian flag.

Against a background of green foliage Glebionis segetum (Corn marigold) gives us yellow, Centaurea cyanus (Cornflower) blue, and Silene latifolia (White campion) the white of the stars in the centre of the flag. The seed was sown in April and is just now – with no help from the June weather – starting to come into flower.

Look out too for a splash of red from the bedding Salvia ‘Forest Fire’ (the red Salvias that have been popular bedding plants since the 19th Century were bred from the Brazilian native Salvia splendens) and some lively Brazilian street art on boards around the garden.

Nós: sharing culture through movement

Dance artists Fernanda Prata and Ben King will be performing their piece, Nós, at our Festa Julina on Sunday 3 July and at our Labirinto Late event on 28 July. 

Fernanda Prata was born in Basil, Rio de Janeiro, and now works as a movement director, yoga practitioner and as a tutor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Ben King is a London-based performer and dance artist graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Being Brazilian and English respectively, Fernanda and Ben share their personal and cultural identity with the audience and each other in this performance.

It is an interactive piece, as the audience can select and change the music from a playlist that switches from Brazilian tunes such as Chega De Saudade by Joao Gilberto, Samba e Amor by Bebel Gilberto, Mas Que Nada by Jorge Ben Jor and Domingo No Parque by Gilberto Gil to British songs like Miss You by The Rolling Stones, the theme from Fawlty Towers by Celticana, Angie by Bert Jansch, The Girl From Ipanema by Amy Winehouse and Blackbird by The Beatles.

Each song has its own scene, and the movements are inspired by the Tropicália movement where artists such as Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso would feed from artists of different cultures, digesting their work like a cultural cannibalism, allowing it to influence their own work.

Come along to the Festa Julina on 3 July and Labirinto on 28 July to see this cross-cultural performace piece being performed at the Horniman. 

Special thanks to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Suzie Holmes and Milk Films Café.

Brazil's melting pot in South London

Mariana Pinto from Gandaia Arts has been giving us the low down on how they are involved in the Festival of Brasil, what being Brazilian means to her and what you can expect at Festa Julina and the Horniman Carnival.

​“This season we partnered with the Horniman to develop the elements of decor, costume, dance, games and drumming, in workshop sessions for the opening event Festa Julina and the Horniman carnival. We are blending the use of traditional materials and techniques with the different groups we have worked with. This meant a very creative gathering of buntings, glittering, painting and dance fusions with Trinity Laban amongst many!

“Being Brazilian means that, wherever you go in the world you are welcome! Brazilian culture is a big part of our daily lives so in my case it was natural to make crafts whilst listening to music at home. My mum used to take me to Sambas as our family is from Rio. I was born in Brasilia as my parents moved there from Rio to work and by being brought into Brazil's melting pot, I learnt how to admire the difference between the two cities. This has prepared me to adapt and learn from all the many 'Brazils' and each of their cultural wealth, which I am proud to share via my work in dance, music, making and production!

“Similarities are very few between the UK and Brazil. Maybe the one that I can clearly see (especially about London) is that like Brazil, the UK has been filled with people from all over the world. London is a world city that embraces other cultures! ​I think the festival is already bringing smiles and fun to those involved.

“We have the making sessions with music and it’s great to see not only the kids or participants, but also their group leaders, singing and dancing around as even they lose track of the time. Both Festa Julina and the Horniman Carnival will be a true burst of the result of over 40 sessions! As for the audience, I can’t wait to see them joining in and enjoying every bit of it, as the costumes will be filled with dancers and characters.

“The Horniman Museum itself will be dressed in full Brazilian style!”

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