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Globally connected - support for groups in Brazil

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UPDATE - Together we have raised over £4,200 (and that's not counting the £300 we had already donated before we launched the crowd funder!).

22 donations have now been made in our shared name to the groups and/or communities of:

1 - Maracatu Nação Almirante do Forte (Recife, Brazil)

2 - Maracatu Nação Baque Forte (Recife, Brazil)

3 - Maracatu Leão Coroado - Baque Virado (Olinda, Brazil)

4 - Maracatu Nação Cambinda Africano (Recife, Brazil)

5 - Banda Alana (São Paulo, Brazil)

6 - Terreiro Xambá (Olinda, Brazil)

7 - Afro Reggae (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

8 - Centro Cultural Cambinda Estrela (Recife, Brazil)

9 - Majé Molê (Olinda, Brazil)

10 - Balé Afro Raízes (Olinda, Brazil)

11 - Coco Raízes de Arcoverde (Arcoverde, Brazil)

12 - Maracatu Estrela Brilhante de Igarassu (Igarassu, Brazil)

13 - Nação do Maracatu Gato Preto (Recife, Brazil)

14 - Maracatu Nação Encanto da Alegria (Recife, Brazil)

15 - Maracatu Nação do Oxalá (Recife, Brazil)

16 - Afoxé Alafin Oyó (Recife, Brazil)

17 - Maracatu Nação Xangô Aláfim (Recife, Brazil)

18 - Maracatu Nação Aurora Africana (Jaboatão dos Guararapes, Brazil)

19 - Maracatu Nação Tupinambá (Brazil)

20 - Maracambuco (Olinda, Brazil)

21 - Maracatu Nação Raízes de Pai Adão (Recife, Brazil)

22 - Maracatu Nação Oxum Mirim (Recife, Brazil)

Much love, Holly, Jackson, Jake, and Lizzie xx

Keep looking out for more updates as we continue our dialogue with our friends overseas!


In the UK, we may have our own opinions about the success of the financial support system available for artists, groups, and individuals (not working in the arts). That said, in other nations around the world it is likely to be far more bleak. 

A small collective of Carnival-inspired folks have decided to fundraise for projects we are aware of working in communities in Brazil. These include principally a number of the Maracatu Nações in Recife; money raised here will be divided between the communities connected to various Maracatus & Community Groups. 

All money raised will be spent on essential products such as food and hygiene products to help families who are struggling at this difficult time. Due to the current extremely high exchange rate, just a small amount of £ or € goes a very long way in Brazil right now.

We thank all those who are able to donate to help keep these people safe and well!
We are seeing if we can also arrange some learning experiences as an ongoing programme, but that will take a little time to set up, and also will not be possible during Covid-19 restrictions. We will also donate some funds to several small community groups and community leaders in Recife and São Paulo who are very switched on to where funds may also be best distributed.

For me personally, this is an opportunity to support projects and cultural groups in Brazil who have shared with us so much of their knowledge, stories, and life changing experiences over the years. 

This is an ever-evolving conversation, and so a complete list of those organisations will not be published in advance as we want to be open to supporting a number of organisations. 

The main administrator for this fund will be me, Holly Prest, in collaboration with Jackson and Jake of Afon Sistema, and Lizzie Ogle of Baque Luar. We thank you in advance for your trust that 100% of your much needed donations will go to well-deserving organisations. 

If you would like more information about this fundraiser, I would be happy to answer any enquiries via email using the contact button below. 

Many thanks to the members of Juba do Leão, Afon Sistema, and Lizzie from Baque Luar for your support in realising this crowdfunder, and to everyone who can take part with us. 

Thank you in advance for your support! H x



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