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Yamuna Yemanja @ Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Yamuna Yemanja is a project that engages students and audiences in a series of collaborative workshops across the UK linking the Afro-Brazilian gods (Orixas) with the traditional Indian Gods in a dazzling display of carnival arts, in two major public arenas: Brazilica Festival (Liverpool) and Notting Hill Carnival (Pre Carnival Night and Parade).
Using kathak and maracatu in this dialogue, we have gathered the following artists in this process.

Supported by Gandaia Arts, an organisation specialised in the dissemination of Brazilian culture. After 5 years of great development, including winning Cultural Events by International Press Awards – Focus Brazil 2013 Gandaia registered as a Limited Company by Guarantee. By gathering a great portfolio through educational and performance productions in UK we have set a great team of artists, partnerships and collaborations for the summer season of 2014. Aiming to use the Brazilian culture as a transforming agent into peoples lives and values and perception, we have been able to reach thousands of people in both participation and audience activities, unfolding our artists skills and opening the dialogue of non cliché cultural proposals towards a new way of experiencing cultural, this time we establish a partnership withanother wealthy country on which its culture and nature elements can make a bridge between two separate cultures.

Maracatudo Mafua, is the nest for growing ideas and for the last 2 years we have created an idea that is now ready to reach out. In maracatu the nature elements are the base of its musical instrumentation, dance movements and history roots in African, indigenous and European culture. The proposed project intends develop a cultural dialogue between India and Brazil where both rhythms and dance references are celebrated by its own wealth.

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