Museum of Colour – People of Letters (PoL)

People of Letters is the pilot project for Museum of Colour, a digital museum focused on the creative journeys of British people of colour. The project will celebrate how writers of colour in the U.K have been encouraged and promoted over the past 250 years. It will explore the memories and experiences of those who […]

Indigenous Research Methods Workshop

On behalf of the ESRC and AHRC, People’s Palace Projects will be hosting a three day workshop on Indigenous Research Methods in Rio de Janeiro from 20-22 March 2019. The workshops will include researchers from a wide variety of indigenous communities in 10 different countries (Brazil, Colombia, India, Mongolia, Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, Kiribati, Papua New […]


Contemporary Narratives Laboratory

  Artists and journalists construct narratives that help us understand the world and shape our sense of reality, but digital technologies are having a profound and challenging impact on the way in which stories are produced and experienced. As researchers try to understand why some narratives thrive in the public sphere regardless of the quality of evidence behind them, artists and journalists […]


Building the Barricades

This research aims to understand the impact of armed conflict on the mental health and wellbeing of people living in the context of violence in the Complex of Maré – a conglomeration of 16 peripheral communities in Rio de Janeiro with a population of over 140,000 people*. By focusing on Brazil – a Lower-Middle Income Country in […]



Stages is a practice-based enquiry into how performance can be used to stimulate reflection on “othering” processes in society that lead to discrimination, violence and social exclusion.  It is led at PPP by project director Shana Swiss. Using the Ten Stages of Genocide (from Genocide Watch) as the catalyst for dramatic content, each group collaboratively creates […]


Counting Culture

Leandro Valiati of NECCULT (UFRGS) will undertake a two year British Academy Newton Advanced Fellowship at Queen Mary University of London/People’s Palace Projects with Paul Heritage from September 2018 until September 2020, developing a research study on the British policy model for Creative Industries and undertaking a comparative analysis of the sectoral policy adopted by Brazil. There […]


The Challenge of the Xingu: Indigenous cultures in the Museum of the Future

PPP is extending its relationship with AIKAX (Association of Indigenous Peoples of the Upper Xingu) and Associate Artist Takumã Kuikuro in an exciting new digital project in partnership with Factum Arte/Factum Foundation, The Horniman Museum and Gardens,  A Casa Gringo Cardia, Playground Entertainment and WeSense. Click here to read more about the research It aims to combine the […]


Relative Values

Relative Values is a research project led by Paul Heritage at People’s Palace Projects (Queen Mary University of London) and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Bringing together academic and non-academic partners, the research asks how we can measure and strengthen practices and policies that maximise the social and economic value of the arts to individuals […]


Violence Against Women and Girls

In Brazil, approximately  15 women are murdered by men every day. In the last three decades, at least 92.000 women were killed by their own partners, an increase in the statistics of 230% between the years of 1980 and 2010. In Rio de Janeiro the situation reaches an alarming number of 17 women a day, victims of murder […]


The Verbatim Formula

The Verbatim Formula is a new applied performance research project with looked after children and young people, being developed by Dr Sylvan Baker and Dr Maggie Inchley and produced by People’s Palace Projects, in partnership with the Greater London Authority. The Verbatim Formula project includes several elements: What Does Love Look Like? (with young people and adults) Upstarts (with 15-18 year olds) The Irrepressibles (with 7-11 […]


Casa Rio

Casa Rio is an international home for creative exchange between artists, academics, activists and audiences in Rio de Janeiro, run by our sister organisation – PPPdoBrasil The early 20th century house that formerly served as Rio’s Theatre Museum now hosts artists from across the world, acting as an intercultural meeting place and residency centre in […]


With One Voice

With One Voice 2012 was the first time in history that an event for homeless people was part of official Olympic celebrations. Over 300 people with experience of homelessness from organisations all over the UK performed at the Royal Opera House. After this major happening, Streetwise Opera and People’s Palace Projects coordinated 3 year Arts & Homelessness […]


Xingu Residency – September 2017: The Currency of Cultural Exchange

According to the indigenous Kuikuro people in Brazil, artists are itseke, powerful spirits of invisible knowledge. As part of its commitment to explore the special way in which artists ‘know’ the world, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is building a unique research project with the Kuikuro which asks how we can measure the value […]


Someone to watch over me

Research investigates the relationship between Police, culture and favela in Rio de Janeiro Clique aqui para a versão em Português How can cultural and artistic initiatives influence public security policy in Brazilian favelas and poor communities?  Why do police operations differ in relation to the city neighbourhoods where they are deployed? How does the logic […]


The Agency

The Agency is a creative and entrepreneurial project for young people delivered by Contact Theatre, (Manchester), and Battersea Arts Centre (London). Created as a three-party collaboration between these two organisations and People’s Palace Projects, it is modelled on Agência de Redes para a Juventude (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and its creative and entrepreneurial methodology developed […]


Museum of Colour (MoC)

Museum of Colour (MoC) is a research project focussed on the creative journeys of British people of colour. The overarching aim of the museum is to build a digital platform that will celebrate the contribution made by People of Colour to the UK’s creative industries. We will do this by: Building online galleries with new […]


Xingu Residency – May 2017: Utopias (Creative Lab)

Utopias (Creative Lab) was a two-week artistic residency wherein Takumã Kuikuro, an indigenous filmmaker from the Brazilian Xingu territory, collaborated with British digital technology artist Adam Lowe (director of Factum Foundation) and Jerry Brotton (scholar in cartographic history at Queen Mary, University of London) in his village located in the heart of the Mato Grosso region of Brazil. The […]


Creative Lab

CreativeLab/LabCriativo was curated by Batman Zavareze and Paul Heritage, and is produced by People’s Palace Projects and Festival Multiplicidade in association with Creativeworks London. The programme is funded by the UK’s Arts & Humanities Research Council and Newton Fund and by in kind contributions from partners in Brazil. The research was led by Professor Morag Shiach (QMUL). […]


The Art of Cultural Exchange

The Art of Cultural Exchange is a research project investigating cultural exchange as an act of translation. It focuses on the transformations sought through the exchange of artists, arts production and artistic methodologies. The research project asks what happens when artists translate ideas and practices from one cultural context to another: what gets lost and […]


Circus Unlimited

Circo Sem Limites (Circus Unlimited) is a three-year exchange between Graeae Theatre Company (UK) and Circo Crescer & Viver (Brazil) aimed at placing the disabled artists centre stage, by developing a new methodology of circus training for artists with disabilities and encouraging them to produce their own work. Inspired by the Opening Ceremony of the […]


Scene Change

Scene Change is a cultural skills exchange project aimed at fostering creative learning between cultural institutions in the UK and Brazil via digital technology and international study visits. Initiated in August 2014, Scene Change was a collaboration between the British Council, the Royal Opera House, High House Production Park and Creative & Cultural Skills in […]


Horniman Museum and Gardens – Brazil Festival

PPP was engaged in the consultancy for The Horniman Museum and Gardens Brazil season, a festival celebrating the richness of Brazilian culture on a series of unique events and exhibitions from June to September 2016. The estimated audience of the season was 32.000 people. Besides providing curatorial support and consultancy to the overall programme, PPP […]


Metamorphosis: Audiencing Atmospheres

PPP is delighted to be partnering on this new digital project, led by Dr Martin Welton (QMUL Drama) in collaboration with RIFT, one of the leading immersive theatre companies in the UK: and with fellow QMUL researchers Prof Pat Healey (Electronic Engineering) and Dr Pen Woods (Drama). Metamorphosis: Audiencing Atmospheres is a practice-based research project that seeks to take advantage […]


No Feedback in the Creative Commons

No Feedback In the Creative Commons was a practice-based research study to evaluate whether discovery-based learning through participatory performance can change discriminatory attitudes and behaviour, led by PPP project director Shana Swiss, in partnership with Nina Feldman and Debora Minà, co-directors of Feedback Theatre (then called No Feedback CIC). Click here for Feedback Theatre website, facebook page and twitter Between July 2017 and March 2018 […]


Utopia – 500 Years

People’s Palace Projects, in partnership with SESC São Paulo and with support from British Council Brazil under TRANSFORM, promoted the seminar UTOPIA – 500 years in April 2016, in which academics, artists and intellectuals celebrated Thomas More iconic book, written 5 centuries ago, discussing its relevance in modern society and how utopia can be thought […]


Shakespeare Forum 2016

To know more about the programme in each city, please click on the links below: Fórum Shakespeare São Paulo Fórum Shakespeare Belo Horizonte Fórum Shakespeare Rio de Janeiro Fórum Shakespeare returned in April and May 2016 at the invitation of CCBB to celebrate, discuss and shed light over the work of the world’s greatest playwright, as […]


London as a Village

In April 2015, film maker Takumã Kuikuro travelled all the way from his village, set within the Xingu Indigenous Territory (North Brazil), to the UK to take up a challenge from People’s Palace Projects: to spend a month in London producing and directing a film that would capture his vision of the city as a […]


Becontree Hundred

HOW DO YOU SEE BECONTREE? In March 2015, Becontree residents, digital artist Gary Stewart and Brazilian photographer AF Rodrigues came together for a month to document the daily life of the Becontree Estate, in East London. A series of photography and digital media workshops running throughout March worked with fourteen individual participants and two schools to develop photographic skills […]

Research impact: reports and evaluations

The Impact of People’s Palace Projects’ Work in England: Summary of Evidence 2006 – 2010 Report by Nick Williams, commissioned by People’s Palace Projects’ Board; January 2011 FAVELA TO THE WORLD EVALUATION REPORT FINAL Report by Raj Bhari, commissioned by People’s Palace Projects’ Board: 2013 QMUL Drama Department is ranked the UK’s top Performing Arts […]


Fórum Shakespeare

09 a 14 de abril, CCBB Rio de Janeiro 23 a 28 de abril, CCBB Brasília 30 de abril a 05 de maio, CCBB Belo Horizonte 07 a 12 de maio, CCBB São Paulo Click here to read in English Amor, guerra, corrupção, poder, liberdade. Por quê a obra de Shakespeare é tão atual? Após 20 anos, o […]

Fórum Shakespeare Rio de Janeiro

Click here to read in English 09 a 23 de abril de 2014 CCBB Rio de Janeiro Amor, guerra, corrupção, poder, liberdade, transformações. Por que a obra de Shakespeare é tão atual? Após quase 20 anos, o Fórum Shakespeare retorna ao CCBB para repensar o legado do mais famoso dramaturgo do mundo e celebrar o […]

Fórum Shakespeare Brasilia

23 a 30 de abril de 2014 CCBB Brasília Amor, guerra, corrupção, poder, liberdade, transformações. Por que a obra de Shakespeare é tão atual? Após quase 20 anos, o Fórum Shakespeare retorna ao CCBB para repensar o legado do mais famoso dramaturgo do mundo e celebrar o seu 450º aniversário. O Fórum reúne grandes nomes […]

Fórum Shakespeare Belo Horizonte

30 de abril a 05 de maio CCBB Belo Horizonte Amor, guerra, corrupção, poder, liberdade, transformações. Por que a obra de Shakespeare é tão atual? Após quase 20 anos, o Fórum Shakespeare retorna ao CCBB para repensar o legado do mais famoso dramaturgo do mundo e celebrar o seu 450º aniversário. O Fórum reúne grandes […]

Fórum Shakespeare São Paulo

07 a 12 de maio de 2014 CCBB São Paulo Amor, guerra, corrupção, poder, liberdade. Por que a obra de Shakespeare é tão atual? O Fórum Shakespeare chega ao CCBB com o objetivo de explorar e repensar o legado do mais famoso dramaturgo do mundo. E claro, para celebrar o seu 450o aniversário. Através do uso das artes […]


Olympic and Paralympic Cultural Forum

Watch the video here The Olympic and Paralympic Cultural Forum took place in Rio de Janeiro [17, 18 & 19 April 2013]. It was the first of a series of open debates on the opportunities and challenges faced by arts organisations and cultural leaders in relation to large-scale sporting events such as the Olympic and Paralympic […]


Unlimited: Arte sem Limites

Watch the video here Following the Olympic and Paralympic Cultural Forum this April in Rio de Janeiro, People’s Palace Projects co-curated  with the British Council and Sesc Rio, with support from Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Queen Mary, University of London. Featuring some of the most exciting artists from London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, Unlimited: […]

Encounters: Transforming Lives

Watch the video here See the project website Encounters: Transforming Lives re-mixes and re-imagines the relationships between digital technology, debate, and live performance. Developed by Gary Stewart (Associate Artist) and Paul Heritage, Encounters is an ongoing process by which young arts activists create live interactive digital audio-visual installations to question and challenge the power of […]


Points of Contact

Points of Contact / Pontos de Contato is an exchange programme between Brazil and the UK to create new dialogues about social and personal transformation through the arts. Points of Contact aims to increase the capacity of artists, policy makers and funders to realise the full potential of dynamic and transformative cultural actions. People’s Palace Projects […]


Shakespeare Forum

A partnership between People’s Palace Projects and Teatro Vila Velha brings the Shakespeare Forum to Bahia for the first time. Watch the video here   Shakespeare Forum is a multi-disciplinary artistic exchange that aims to explore, share, represent, rethink, transform and celebrate Shakespeare’s legacy. For the first time the Forum will take place in Salvador, […]


Rio Occupation London

30 Rio Artists, 30 Days in London, from 6 July to 5 August 2012 Commissioned by Rio de Janeiro’s State Culture Secretariat and Executive Produced by People’s Palace Projects. Co-produced by BAC. Sponsored by Petrobras. Rio Occupation London saw 30 ground-breaking Rio artists occupying the vibrant streets, stages and squares of London during the summer, […]


Shakespeare Forum

People’s Palace Projects and The British Council were delighted to welcome the Royal Shakespeare Company to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Nós do Morro Members of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), one of the most prestigious British theatre companies in the world, were in Rio de Janeiro from the 18th until […]

St. Paul’s Way Trust School

People’s Palace Projects is building a special relationship with St Paul’s Way School, one of only two Foundation Trust Schools in the country.  Situated less than a mile away from Queen Mary University of London’s Mile End Campus and with a board of trustees from the university, there is great potential for us to work […]


Cultural Warriors

Cultural Warriors seeks to inspire young people to fight for social transformation through art and culture.  This collaborative project aims to build each partner’s capacity for supporting young people in being active and innovative participants in bringing about change in their communities. Cultural Warriors is a three-year youth leadership collaboration between People’s Palace Projects; Grupo […]


Points of Contact

“Brazil revels in both proposing and tackling big conceptual ideas that have the power to change society through culture…In the UK we need a complete change if we want to make it easier for more marginalised groups and communities to have their rightful place at the culture table – for me Points of Culture is […]



See project website Encounters: Transforming Lives combines cutting-edge visual technology, topical debates, and live performances to create an exciting and innovative look at the relationship between young people and the arts.  Culminating in a live visual and interactive exhibition, Encounters asks the question ‘How do young people transform their worlds through the arts?’  Encounters answers this question […]


From the Favela to the World

Based on the inspirational performances of Rio de Janeiro’s cultural warriors AfroReggae, Favela to the World seeks to strengthen the resistance and resilience of young people in the UK through engagement with art. Working in partnership with UK organisations in East London, Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool, Favela to the World is building a unique legacy […]



The Amazônia programme created a dialogue around climate change and environmental degradation between artists and young people in the UK and the Amazon region of Brazil.  Hatched from a process of research and development between Paul Heritage and the Young Vic in 2006, the project involved both community-based and professional artistic production, training, documentation, dissemination, […]

Research Impacts: Amazônia

The Amazônia project engaged with over 5,000 participants and audience members in Brazil and with almost 50,000 people in the UK thanks to the partnership and coproduction support of the Young Vic. See the community projects in action on the Young Vic’s YouTube channel: Liga de Quadrilha in Acre Festa: The crowds gather Festa! The […]


Favela to the world

Favela to the World was a project by People’s Palace Projects that began in 2005 and has its own archived website here. The second phase of “Favela to the World” consisted of performances by Grupo Cultural AfroReggae at the Barbican Theatre in June 2007, which were sold out and attracted five star reviews. The AfroReggae-UK […]


Lives On line + Be Seen, Be Heard

Whilst working intensively in Brazil, People’s Palace Projects also undertook two smaller pilot projects with young people in the UK between 2003-2006. Lives on Line was a year-long performance, visual art and design programme with excluded teenagers in 2003-4, and Be Seen, Be Heard! was a 3 year project for young people in care on […]


Changing the scene

In 2002, People’s Palace Projects established an office in Rio de Janeiro with local staff, responsible for the implementation of our Brazil projects. This enabled us to launch a new mixed-arts programme entitled Mudança de Cena or Changing The Scene. Focusing on young people in conflict with the law and those at risk of entering the […]


Staging Human Rights

People’s Palace Projects followed its AIDS/HIV programme with a new project entitled Staging Human Rights, which began in the State of São Paulo in 2000, and went on to run in four distinct phases through to 2005 scaling up to a further 11 Brazilian states, reaching 20,000 prisoners and 1,000 prison guards over its six […]


Love in Time of War

In the summer of 2004, Paul Heritage conceived a special performance project in  Rio de Janeiro in association with Grupo Cultural AfroReggae. Designed as an experiment in cultural interventions in sites of conflict, Amor em Tempos de Guerra (Love in Time of War)  was presented inside favelas dominated by armed drug gangs, as well as  in […]