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Brazil Week

BRAZIL (2)King’s College London is committed to a meaningful engagement with Brazil through extensive research collaborations, exchanges and many other activities.

Every year King’s welcomes around 100 students from Brazil into a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programmes, including those supported by Science without Borders.

We have an alumni community of over 360 in Brazil. 

To celebrate our proud tradition of engagement with Brazil we will be holding a Brazil Week from 25 - 29 January 2016 so we can celebrate all things Brazil at King’s.

A draft schedule of activities is below.  For some of the events, registration is required via eventbrite.  Details of this and a link to the registration page can be found beneath each description. 

25 January

Mental Health Reform in Brazil: Academic Symposia

Open to all, this event will explore mental health reform in Brazil from a variety of academic perspectives and seminars delivered by David Treece, Ilana Gorban, and Felipe Botelho. 


10:00- coffee reception – welcome by Brazil Institute & SPLAS 

10:30 –12:00 –  David  Treece: “Banzo, mania, trauma – a brief panorama of mental illness in Brazilian history and literature” and Sara Evans-Lacko - "What can we learn from Brazil to develop innovative mental health systems in a changing global context"

12:00-13:00- Lunch

14:00- 15:30- Ilana Gorban - "Theatre and Mental Health",  and Raluca Soreanu - "Social Clinics and the Social Creativities of Psychoanalysis: A Vignette from Rio de Janeiro".

15:30- 16:00-coffee and round table discussion

Council Room, King’s Building | 10.00 - 16.00
This event is free to attend but registration is required.  Click here to register via eventbrite.

Opening Reception.
Challenges for the UK & Brazil

(Panel Discussion and performance by King's Brazil Ensemble)

Chaired by Professor Anthony Pereira and including panellists such as renowned Sociologist, Professor José de Souza Martins and Baroness Alison Wolf CBE, this discussion will explore the roots of the current economic crisis in Brazil.  Commentators include Alan Charlton CMG CVO.

Weston Room, Maughan Library | 18.30 - 21.00 
This event is free to attend but registration is required.  Click here to register via eventbrite.

Chapters Lunch special: Moqueca baiana | fish stew served with Brazilian style rice 

26 January

Science in Brazil: Guest Lecture

Visiting researcher, Professor Adalberto Pessoa, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Sao Paulo will talk about scientific progress and opportunity in Brazil.

2.81 Franklin Wilkins Building | 13.00 – 14.00

Engaging with Brazil: Funding & Research Opportunities

Presentation from King's Worldwide on opportunities for collaboration with partner institutions, the Newton Fund, and other Brazilian funding bodies.

K6.63 King’s Building| 17.00 - 18.30
This event is free to attend but registration is required.  Click here to register via eventbrite.

Cachaça workshop & 'Nossa Voz' Brazilian choir

Also known as ‘aguardente’ and ‘pinga’, Cachaça is the most popular distilled alcoholic beverage in Brazil. Join King’s very own Brazilian choir for a relaxing evening of music and to learn about the origins of this national drink.

K1.28 King’s Building | 18.30 - 20.30
This event is free to attend but registration is required.  Click here to register via eventbrite.

Chapters Lunch special: Carne de sol Mocoto-Mocoto’s | Brazilian-style jerk beef with cassava bread 

27 January

Brazilian Sounds: Language and Music: Taster Brazilian Portuguese Lesson

Covering the ABCs of Brazilian music, this session will provide a beginners introduction to Brazilian language.

Language Resource Centre, King's Building | 12.00 - 13.00

Equality & the City: Discrimination, Cultural Identity and Street Art in Rio de Janeiro

Join Film Director, Carlo Alexandre Teixeira da Silva, Rap artist and activist MC Leonardo (Elite Squad film soundtrack) and Delcio Teobaldo (author of award winning book Pivetim), writer and musician, and Octavio Ferraz (Human Rights Law, King’s College London), for a screening of the award winning documentary Memorias do Cais do Valongo and a debate on cultural expression and discrimination in the public spaces of Rio de Janeiro in the run up to the 2016 Olympic Games.

Film: ‘Memorias do Cais do Valongo’

S-2.18 Lucas Lecture Theatre, Strand Building | 18.00 - 19.30

This event is free to attend but registration is required via this eventbrite.  Tickets for the film screening will grant access to the capoeira roda event below.

Capoeira Roda

(Brazilian Dance & Music)

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music. It is thought to have been developed in Brazil mainly by West African descendants with native Brazilian influences and is known for its quick and complex moves. Led by Mestre Carlao and the Brazilian capoeira community of London this performance provides a unique opportunity to see Capoeira in action with live music.  

Entrance Hall, King's Building | 19.30 – 20.30

28 January

Brazil Perspectives: research activity at King’s

An insight into PhD research on Brazil from a range of disciplines. Presentations followed by Q&A

2.47 Franklin Wilkins Building | 12.00 – 13.00

Brazil's Soft Power and the Democratization of International Relations

A talk by Ambassador Sergio Eduardo Moreira Lima. 
President, Alexander Gusmao Foundation, Brazilian Ministry of External Relations  

2.47 Franklin Wilkins Building | 13.30 – 15.00

Go Brazil: Study Abroad & scholarship opportunities

Join us for presentations from both the King’s Study Abroad Team and the Brazilian Consulate for an informative session on study and scholarship opportunities.

Old Committee Room, King’s Building | 15:00 - 16.00 

Nemesis: one man and the Battle for Rio
Renowned author Misha Glenny talks about his most recent novel charting the story of an ordinary man who became the king of the largest slum in Rio, the head of a drug cartel and perhaps Brazil’s most wanted criminal.

K1.28 King’s Building | 18.00 - 20.00 
This event is free to attend but registration is required.  Click here to register via eventbrite.

29 January

Brazil, Latin America and the new South Atlantic 

A lecture by Luiz Felipe de Alencastro, Professor at the São Paulo School of Economics

K-1.14 King's Building | 12.00 - 13.00

Brazilian Jujitsu

Maurício Motta Gomes, a practitioner of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, will provide a taster Brazilian Jujitsu lesson.

Terrace Café | 12.00 – 13.00

Contemporary Brazilian and British film: research activities developed in Brazil Institute

A lecture by Professor Jaime Ginzburg, Rio Branco Chair in International Relations at the Brazil Institute.  This lecture will be followed by a discussion and presentations from students on the Contermporary Film in Brazil module. 

Nash Lecture Theatre, Strand Campus | 18.30 - 20.00 

Chapters Lunch special: Galinha caipira | Braised chicken 


Brazil Week lunch time menu

Kings Food House Special ‘Moqueca’ (fish stew).

This is a Brazilian recipe based on salt water fish stew in coconut milk, tomatoes, onions, garlic, coriander and palm oil. The dish is popular in the north-east of Brazil and is traditionally served in a clay dish called a ‘moquequeira’. 

This region is known for it’s African influences in cuisine due to an influx of slaves during the colonial era. Many dishes from this region feature seafood, coconut, palm oils and peanuts.

There are many cultural icons from this region including the traditional Bahia dress (photo to the left). Also  music and pop musicians Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil pop singers as well as Brazilian martial art Capoeira, know for its incorporation of dance, acrobatics and music.


Kings Food House Special ‘Carne de sol Mocoto-Mocoto’ (Brazilian-style jerk beef served with Cassava bread).

This is a popular stew style dish with beans and vegetables. The dish is found more commonly in the south of the country where the region is known for it’s Argentinian and Portuguese influences in cuisine. 

Brazilians love their meat and many dishes from this region are in the ‘Goucho’ style inspired by cattle ranch lifestyle. A popular Sunday lunch here is a big BBQ or ‘Churrasco’ referring to grilled meat. 

Many restaurants offer an all you can eat BBQ buffet where you pay a fixed amount to eat as much as you wat, keeping your card up on the green side means ‘keep the meat coming’ and by turning your card to the red side means, ‘no more thanks’. 

There are a lot of European influences in south Brazil, one city in Brazil even has German as their first language! 


Kings Food House Special ‘Galinha Caipira’ (braised chicken).

This is a typical dish from Minas Gerais, but also a popular Brazilian dish throughout the country.

The area of Minas Gerais is also known for the production of a popular alcoholic beverage ‘Cachaca’, commonly known for it’s use in the ‘Caipirinha’ cocktail.

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