Street Child United are delighted to welcome former Pakistan cricketer Yasir Arafat to our team as an Ambassador. Yasir, who played over 450 First Class and List-A matches during his 23-year career, had spells at...
Posted 25 Jun 2020
Posted on the 8th April 2014
Brazil is famous for a great number of things, but high up the list is a flare for football and vibrant, colourful culture. Here at the Street Child World Cup we’ve had it all, watching some fantastic sport by day and taking part in a world of art by evening at our very own Fringe Festival.
Throughout the Street Child World Cup the Street Champions have been joined together post-match to paint, create and make. The results are not just beautiful and entertaining, but also they show how the Street Child World Cup is more than just a game. Megan Wroe, Arts Coordinator at Street Child World Cup, thinks the Fringe has even gone as far as to impact on the game itself:
“Art has the power to transcend language barriers and this has really been the case at the Fringe. The children have had so much fun, laughing and making friendship bracelets, choosing colours for each other and painting together. Then when it comes to match time, the teams are still coming together in a way unrecognisable from the norms competitive sport.”
As well as providing some much-needed down time for our international athletes, the Fringe workshop are also helped the children to learn invaluable skills. Lívia Diniz, one of the artistic directors of the opening and closing ceremonies, explains what art can teach us:
“Creativity and group work are motors to life. Every day we need to be creative to deal with people. We need to materialize things. It´s a way to practice every day life in a light way, in a comforting atmosphere.”
The visit to Vidigal showed the children how the arts are embraced by the children in Brazil. Not only were they blown away by the capoeira dancing, wall-painting and song of Brazilian culture, but they also learnt some invaluable lessons, as Renato Rocha, trip organiser and Street Child World Cup’s charismatic Artistic Director, explain.
“The children from Nós do Morro are an incredible example for the Street Champions. Over the past 30 years children from the theater worked on their art and avoided the dangers facing children, not only in the favela, but all over the world. Drugs, gangs, crime. Many went from Nós do Morro to work in the arts, as actors, directors, and artists, and this is something I think the children really learnt on their visit.”
The atmosphere was electric at the Street Child World Cup for the exhilarating final and closing ceremony at the Estádio das Laranjeiras aSeven days of football and art reached their climax, as the 2014 Street Champions took the stage one last time to tell the world – I am Somebody.
Posted 25 Jun 2020
We are thrilled to be collaborating with Arroyo to produce a series of online programmes that will provide a unique insight into the Street Child World Cup and our work to support and champion street-connected young people,...
Posted 10 Jun 2020