Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) and with the support of the British Council, The Art of Cultural Exchange forges a collaboration between Queen Mary University of London and Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, along with other partner organisations.

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How do people transform their worlds through creativity and the arts? What difference can art make for those who live in situations of risk, violence and crisis? Who are the artists on the peripheries of our societies and how are they working to bring about change?
People’s Palace Projects is an organisation based at the Drama Department of Queen Mary University of London which seeks to ask these questions through academic research, participatory arts projects, performances, educational initiatives and debates. We bring artists, activists, academics and audiences together for projects that address a wide range of social justice and human rights issues.
People’s Palace Projects is based in the East End of London and has worked with a wide range of local communities. We have active partnerships with a range of arts organizations and artists across England and Wales, and have a legacy of international collaborative projects in West Africa, South America and Eastern Europe. For the past two decades we have maintained a special focus on strengthening cultural links between Brazil and the UK.


Founded in 1994 the ProgramaAvançado de CulturaContemporânea – is a learning and research programme from the Faculdade de Letras  ofUniversidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). It hosts interdisciplinary contributions from UFRJ’s research centres and other academic and cultural institutions, as well as social organisations in Brazil and abroad. It regularly delivers the Seminário Permanente de CulturaContemporânea and, its Cultural Studies Post-Doc Programme gathers permanent, associated and guest researchers in an academic environment of mutual exchange. In 2010 it has developed the extension project Universidade das Quebradas, which aims to foster the relationship between culture and social development, by creating new knowledge and delivering arts projects in collaboration with producers and artists who live in Rio de Janeiro.


O British Council é a organização internacional do Reino Unido para relações culturais e oportunidades educacionais. Estamos presentes fisicamente em seis continentes e mais de 100 países, criando oportunidades internacionais, todos os dias.



The AHRC is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.


oinstitutoO Instituto Contemporâneo de Projetos e Pesquisa is a Rio de Janeiro based charity with OSCIP status (“Civil Society Organisation of Public Interest”) dedicated to research and projects that study contemporary urban cultures and promote development, sustainability and citizenship projects. Its multidisciplinary work addresses both the empiric and symbolic dimensions of reality whilst also considering the political, economic, mediatic and arts   elements that shape contemporary urban cultures.