Art has always played a vital role in breaking new ground, not just in creative realms but socio-political movements too. Rising from the underground electronic music scenes of Brazil, our latest project, VIA SÃO PAULO, will introduce you to some of the most potent voices at the forefront of this expression. Touching down in Hobart, VIA SÃO PAULO, our first live offering will take place at the iconic and often wildly confronting Australian festival, DARK MOFO. [June 2019].The event will feature Brazilian DJ/Producer BADSISTA, who made an appearance on Kelela’s new remix album, and wowed audiences with her recent Boiler Room debut; Mamba Negra co-founder, and DJ stand-out CASHU, who has been tipped by FADER as one of the 'Top 25 Global Artists You Should Know'; and TETO PRETO, a live act fiercely merging political activism and performance art. Breaking boundaries in their own communities back home, this line-up of transgressive artists is set to shift paradigms.The intention of the project is to dissolve boundaries and open mutual pathways within a global creative scene. VIA SÃO PAULO aims to facilitate a platform for conversation and introduction, so that artistic exchange and awareness may arise.
_”Before the project took shape, VIA’s Artistic Director Pepper Keen (aka Sugar Mountain founder Pete Keen) visited Sao Paulo on a number of occasions, purely with research in mind, taking time to connect with the culture and understand the context from which it was born. This was during a time of political heat, prior to the Presidential campaign, when the murder of Elected Politician and Human Rights Defender Marielle Franco floored an entire country. An unthinkable tragedy that led to an uprising of honest and assertive voices standing up and fighting against systems and oppression.
Brazil’s art scene reacted with music and movements in their own communities, coming at it from an angle of hope and a strong vision for change. They were speaking to the realities and nuances of their experiences and doing it in a way that lit a candle in the face of their oppressors. Fearless and uncompromising, their music and performances were more of a demand than a plea for action.
These artists sent quakes through their hometown, creating a lot of noise, as a way of carrying on the legacy of their peers, and fallen heroes. Their art became a way of immortalising the essence of those who could not speak, and allowing the conversation about female representation and sexual/gender freedom to live on.”- S M Powell for BE. Magazine
_From the depths of Brazil, where non-conformity can be life-threatening, art is transcending barriers. The world is becoming more interconnected, more fluid and less afraid. VIA SÃO PAULO is just the beginning of what will be an ongoing exchange and show of solidarity between the creative scenes of Australia and Brazil. Listen in and stay connected for the release of a podcast series (also entitled VIA SÃO PAULO) which will be released in the coming months, and a string of live performances and interactions to follow.
DATES: DARK MOFO [NIGHT MASS] 18+• FRI 14 + SAT 15 JUNE, 10pm - Late• FRI 21 + SAT 22 JUNE, 10pm - LateSupported and presented by Red Bull