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 juvenile justice system in Rio de Janeiro, the programme ran from 2002 to 2005.

PPP worked in partnership with Grupo Cultural AfroReggae, the Centre for the Theatre of the Oppressed and the state government agency responsible for juvenile offenders’ institutions, training institution staff to implement arts-based workshops on issues of human rights inside their institutions, as well as staging public events with performances by young people in diverse sites from theatres and cultural centres to the state legislative assembly.

Partners:
Centre for the Theatre of the Oppressed, DEGASE [Rio state agency for dealing with young people in conflict with the law], Grupo Cultural AfroReggae

Aims:
To discover how performance-based projects can define and/or defend human rights within the juvenile justice system. To examine the effectiveness of cultural strategies as a means of intervening in situations of extreme abuse. To research the most effective ways of evaluating and monitoring change achieved through cultural programmes with young people in conflict with the law.

Main Activities:
The programme consisted of: training staff in juvenile detention centres to implement arts-based workshops on issues of human rights; creating workshops for young people at risk of entering the juvenile system as well as for those recently excited from it, staging public events with performances by young people in diverse sites from theatres and cultural centers through to the State Legislative Assembly.

Evaluation:
Centre for the Study of Public Security and Citizenship [CESeC]

Funders:
British Academy The Community Fund UK