Casa Rio is an international home for creative exchange between artists, academics, activists and audiences in Rio de Janeiro, run by our sister organisation – PPP do Brasil.
*The house is currently closed for maintenance but we hope to resume the programme and receive applications in due course. contact@peoplespalaceprojects.org.uk

Photos: Vivian Cardoso

The early 20th-century house, formerly Rio’s Theatre Museum, hosts artists from across the world, serving as an intercultural melting pot and residency centre in the heart of the city. Curated by our sister organisation PPP do Brasil on behalf of the State Government, Casa Rio offers unique opportunities to engage with the culture of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil at large.

Casa Rio is also a gallery and performance space that provides co-working facilities for Brazilian artists and cultural professionals. Hosting regular workshops, lectures, readings and screenings, the house is a place for new communities to emerge and new collaborations to take root.

In the first four years of international exchanges, Casa Rio hosted 235 artists from 26 countries – 40% of all occupancies were free of charge – and promoted 1,400 cultural activities including plays, musical events, exhibitions, festivals and workshops.

"A beautiful place! Full of welcoming, capable and creative people.”
– Cecilia Thumim Boal Director, Instituto Augusto Boal

“Casa Rio is an innovative place that opens up the possibility for great encounters and inspires those in search of new languages.”
– Gringo Cardia, visual artist

“Casa Rio is like a beach in Rio de Janeiro, a place where you can find intellectuals, artists, producers, from the hillside favelas and the city below; it's a place for expression for everyone.”
– Lan Lanh percussionist

“A cauldron of art.”
– Alexandre Gomes, Theatre Director

Photos: Vivian Cardoso

PPP do Brasil is grateful for the ongoing partnership of FUNARJ and Rio de Janeiro State Culture Secretariat, and People’s Palace Projects (UK) is grateful for financial support from Queen Mary University of London that was vital in the initial equipping and furnishing of the space.
The space has now supported three years of residencies by QMUL students funded by Santander Universities and produced by PPP, as well as a number of our international collaborative research projects.

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