Grupo Cultural AfroReggae is a Brazilian NGO from Rio de Janeiro. Forged following the police massacre of 21 people in their local community Vigário Geral in 1993, they have gone on to establish an international profile for their pioneering and inspirational work in taking young people out of the drug/gang culture of Rio’s favelas. AfroReggae harnesses the ingenuity and creativity of their communities to provide positive alternatives for young people, balancing the impact of high-quality performance on major stages from Carnegie Hall to the Barbican with social transformation through the arts.
The group has been a key PPP partner and inspiration since 2005, through a number of projects including Love in Time of War, Changing the Scene, Favelization, From the Favela to the World, Points of Contact 2010 and Cultural Warriors. For three years from 2015 to 2017, the two organisations are partnering to provide an exchange experience for six QMUL students each year to spend a transformative week with AfroReggae, generously sponsored by Santander Universities.