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Uma Só Voz (2016)

Uma Só Voz (the Portuguese translation of 'With One Voice') was an artistic occupation week in Rio as part of the 2016 Cultural Olympiad. It was organised by Streetwise Opera, as part of our international With One Voice work, alongside People's Palace Projects.

The week ran between 19 and 23 July and featured 300 homeless people in 40 pop-up performances, talks and workshops spanning music, dance, poetry and theatre. The programme was what Brazilian partners and Rio homeless people called an ‘occupation' of arts and homelessness, with the aim of giving homeless people visibility and dignity through events on the streets and in cultural institutions throughout the city.

The week culminated in an event launching With One Voice as the first ever international arts and homelessness movement. It also included a symbolic handover of the Olympic arts and homelessness ‘baton’ to Japan in preparation for Tokyo 2020. Watch the event here.

The Uma Só Voz week also involved a delegation of 18 arts practitioners, policy makers, people who have experienced homelessness and a researcher coming to Rio from projects in the UK, Australia, Japan, the USA and Portugal. They were involved in performances, training and meetings with Brazilian organisations to exchange ideas, policy and practice.

Find out more:
- Matt Peacock's reflections from Rio
- Launch of the first ever international arts and homelessness movement
- Matt Peacock describes plans for Rio
- Plans and international delegates for the exchange programme

'Some of the performers have mental health issues. Some have been surviving on the streets of Rio de Janeiro for weeks, many of them for years. They live on Brazil's margins, but together, they sing as the choir With One Voice, a music project that aims to bring Rio's unseen people - "o invisivel" - to popular landmarks, giving them a stage from which to be seen and heard through song. 

'"The spotlights of the world are on Rio, but there is a huge mass of people who are being ignored. They are human beings. That's our message," says Paulo Isidora.

Read more.

CBC
Photo: Lorena Mossa

Photo: Lorena Mossa

'Some of the performers have mental health issues. Some have been surviving on the streets of Rio de Janeiro for weeks, many of them for years. They live on Brazil's margins, but together, they sing as the choir With One Voice, a music project that aims to bring Rio's unseen people - "o invisivel" - to popular landmarks, giving them a stage from which to be seen and heard through song. 

'"The spotlights of the world are on Rio, but there is a huge mass of people who are being ignored. They are human beings. That's our message," says Paulo Isidora.

Read more.

CBC
Photo: Lorena Mossa

Photo: Lorena Mossa

With One Voice is run by Streetwise Opera with support from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation UK Branch and Macquarie Group Foundation. Uma Só Voz was organised by Streetwise Opera and People’s Palace Projects with the Rio Homeless People’s Movement, homeless agencies, Rio City Council and British Council Brazil.

Photo: Lorena Mossa

Photo: Lorena Mossa

'Some of the performers have mental health issues. Some have been surviving on the streets of Rio de Janeiro for weeks, many of them for years. They live on Brazil's margins, but together, they sing as the choir With One Voice, a music project that aims to bring Rio's unseen people - "o invisivel" - to popular landmarks, giving them a stage from which to be seen and heard through song. 

'"The spotlights of the world are on Rio, but there is a huge mass of people who are being ignored. They are human beings. That's our message," says Paulo Isidora.

Read more.

CBC
Photo: Lorena Mossa

Photo: Lorena Mossa