Initiative Update

From Slum to the world.

Valéria Barbosa
Posted June 14, 2020 from Brazil
 11th Edition of Soiree in the Slum.
Poets, singers, composers, grandparents, students, people.

 

Help Brazilian women to improve their lives through poetry.

When I understood the dimension of the chaos that the pandemic caused by the Corona virus was causing in my life and in the lives of people with a risk profile due to age, I realized my suffering. Until then, I went out weekly to sing, in Saraus, in the favelas, in Cidade de Deus, in the homes of people I love, visit friends, travel, laugh, sing and feel alive.

With the pandemic, I became aware of my finitude, and the risk of anticipating my death.

In reality, I always knew about death, but I was too alive to believe in an invisible death that could attack me every moment, and that still can not taking care of myself and being attacked by a virus.

So, I protect myself, I try to protect myself in every way and that I know. However, the sadness that also weakens and makes us vulnerable as well as facilitating or unknown diseases could also be happening with my friends, 30 women in the choir and I decided to make the first video with them, singing.

Each woman with her resources, facilities and difficulties in using technology and, were phone calls, disclosures of risk situations, guidelines and music.

We kept in touch, strengthening friendship without the need for videos.

So I decided to go out and create a video that brought together artists from the slum, people who were sure they needed visibility and especially affection.

The first edition had 5 participants in 8 minutes. other videos increased the participation and the time reached 35 minutes, so I started to think about the aesthetics of the following videos, but at the same time I receive more than 5 videos a day.

Before I asked for videos, today I receive us. The internet showed me a very democratic profile and people from Rio de Janeiro's favela or not were getting closer, as well as from other states and countries.

Today, Soiree in the Slum has two strands, one that brings together artists, poets, singers, artisans, dancers in the same video, with a maximum duration of 15 minutes, and the other just an artist who teaches his art, which I called Passing on knowledge .

 

Soiree has a Facebook page, I updated my YouTube page to a Soiree page and thus distributed the activities of the Soiree:

Sunday at 6 pm - Transmitting knowledge, instructional videos;

Tuesdays at 6 pm - Sarau na Favela presentation by the artists;

Friday at 6 pm - Soiree in the favela.

Meeting people who are writing their poetry for the first time, people who are at home in quarantine getting ready to sing in the video, putting on makeup, showing their art, established artists participating, is a blessed experience, the biggest challenge is to realize that an action is becoming a project and I need to develop logistics to improve the final product, a beautiful and valuable video and that we will soon need more hands.

We finished the 11th. Soiree in the favela edition and we are already preparing the 12th. 158 artists have already performed at the Sarau in 11 editions.

The audience reached 1646 people. A lot of work, but feeling very alive, very alive to bring happiness to the four corners of the world.

How many people have you impacted since your last update?

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Jill Langhus
Jun 15
Jun 15

Hello Dear Valéria,

How are you doing? What a lovely, arty project...:-) It's great that you were able to bring so many people together through artistic outlets. Thanks so much for sharing your update! Hope you and your family are safe and well.

Valéria Barbosa
Jul 26
Jul 26

Yes, we're fine. Gratitude

Jill Langhus
Jul 27
Jul 27

Great to hear, dear:-)

Hope you have a good, safe week!

XX

Thelma obani 2020
Jun 18
Jun 18

Thanks for sharing.
Your doing well

Valéria Barbosa
Jul 26
Jul 26

Thank you

hello valéria,
thank you so much for sharing your story. What a journey! this is becoming such a huge project. Thank you for paving a way for those that could not be heard to finally be heard. looking forward to seeing this emerge so big.

Blessed

Valéria Barbosa
Jul 26
Jul 26

Gratitude dear

Chi8629
Jun 18
Jun 18

Thank you for sharing Sister.
Please stay safe.

Valéria Barbosa
Jul 26
Jul 26

hugs my dear.

Anita Shrestha
Jun 18
Jun 18

Thank you for sharing

Valéria Barbosa
Jul 26
Jul 26

Hugs.

Sinyuy Geraldine
Jun 24
Jun 24

Hello Valeria, how are you doing? Oh my God, you light my heart with these poetry events. Thank you so much for giving Brazilian women this poetry opportunity so their voices Cam be heard. How can I take part in this event? Courage dear.

Valéria Barbosa
Jun 24
Jun 24

Dear sister to participate in the Soiree send me a video recorded horizontally declaiming or singing and send it to my Whatsapp 55 21 988918862.
It will be an honor to have you participate in our Soiree in the Slum.
Hugs.

Kabahenda
Jun 25
Jun 25

My dear Valéria,
It is wonderful to hear from you and to know that you are alive and well because I have been thinking about you and wondering what is going on in your life given the situation COVID-19 in Brazil.

It is extremely encouraging to see that you are using this time creatively and productively.

What you are doing is exceptional: bringing together poets, singers, artists , artisans and dancers to show-case their talent and thereby bring hope, entertainment and solace to a rather precarious existence in the favelas.

Your mission is such an inspiring you because are empowering these people and keeping them alive and motivated.

I wish I could understand the Portuguese, nonetheless, the voices and the rythms are beautiful and touching!

Hopefully, all of us on this forum can use our voices and or our other God-given talents to touch the lives of others.

All the best. Keep the flame burning.

In solidarity.

Laetitia Shindano
Jul 04
Jul 04

Bonjour chère Valéria
C'est génial ton projet qui rassemble les poètes en ce temps de Covid-19 dans ta communauté. Merci pour le partage de ces œuvres artistiques.

Laetitia

Valéria Barbosa
Jul 26
Jul 26

Merci

Valéria Barbosa
Jul 26
Jul 26

Dear gratitude for the words.

Vanora.Lee
Jul 10
Jul 10

Wow, what a love-spreading and love-bonding project indeed! Keep it up, stay safe and healthy!

Valéria Barbosa
Jul 26
Jul 26

Ok! Thank you

otahelp
Jul 17
Jul 17

Waoohh Valeria, you are really creating happiness amidst this pandemic. You are also assisting others not to give up on themselves. Trust you are safe and staying Home.

Valéria Barbosa
Jul 26
Jul 26

Thank you