On the eve of World Cup in Curitiba, Opera came to the favela of Vila Torres

An amazing day happened on Sunday 15th of June 2014 in Vila Torres, Curitiba, the day before the city saw its first of four world cup games. Vila Torres is the most central and oldest of the many underprivileged Favelas of the city. Its a tough existence here, people with next to nothing do what they can, despite all the challenges that face them on a day to day existence.

Like all of the city and the country, people love their football. But unlike the more well to do parts of society, the community here had no means to get in on the excitement of the world cup. So the Brazilian student led movement #CheerForPeace decided to change that, to try to bring a little bit of the magic here too. What unfolded was weeks of building a movement, working with the community and pulling together whatever was available or possible to make a truly special day for ALL the football loving fans there. Huge thanks to all who supported, donated, came and shared in the day, hopefully all enjoyed the event. This was just the first of many more events. Huge respect must be given to the extraordinary women behind the local school, the Organização de Desenvolvimento do Potencial Humano (ODPH): Valdimê, Kauann and all the gang… With leadership, strength and love like these remarkably strong and resilient women have, the future will indeed be feminine!

The event was a great success, about 200 kids came, played, made juices from the peddle powered bike machine / juice maker, ate organic vegan food, played football, danced, got their faces painted… And a whole lot more, see the photos below and you will get an idea just how special a day it was.

Canadian students from Alberta and their teacher Nick arrived and donated a whole load of green tops, boots and footballs. Read their reports here: From Canada to the Vila Torres Favela. Also a coach from the local football ground Parana FC kindly came and gave a free training class to anyone who wanted, some great little players in the barrio, both boys and girls.

Equating healthy eating with a party… that’s a first for Vila Torres. A “Great Event with Great Food” (not Junk food) provided generously by the Organic Growers Association of the Mercado Municipal De Curitiba – ASCESME. Special thanks to the amazing chef Igor Oliveira and the man responsible for sorting all the great organic food for the event: Sebastiao Martins Coelho. Although some kids were not too happy, maybe preferring Cola and hot dogs, hopefully the event opened a wider debate about healthy eating, local markets and wider issues of a healthier local economy.

Although word was sent to a host of both local and international media, many of which said they would come to report the event in the favela, only 1 did come to cover the story. Subsequently there has been no reports of any the local or international media. The only communications with the wider world about the goings on, coming from a few brief blog reports by some small groups and individuals. The following day Irish radio did cover the story for 5 minutes on RTE’s Joe Duffy show Liveline.

The unprecedented #CheerForPeace Give&Game Fan Fest for the Rest in Vila Torres, Curitiba closed on a high-note withe beautiful Opera from English-Brazilian artist Penelope belting out a few tunes, Albert hall it mightnt be, but all there felt it was a perfect end to a very special day.

While this event will not “change the world“, hopefully it might lead to connections, processes and movements that will.

#CheerForPeace Give&Game fan Fest – Vila Torres

PHOTOS: #CheerForPeace Give&Game fan Fest – Vila Torres (658 photos) + Eventos (Via Organização de Desenvolvimento do Potencial Humano) + Evento – Cheer for Peace (via Tático – Futebol de Tabuleiro) VIDS: Opera comes to the Vila Torres Favela, Curitiba, Brazil during #WorldCup2014 + Opera in Vila Torres Supporting Groups: Football for kidsBalls of GloryBATERIAC7RPC TV NEXT EVENT: ROCINHA, Rio de Janeiro EVENT INFO: Vila Torres CheerForPeace infos: Brazil + For a greener and socially fair World Cup – #CheerForPeace working with all of Brazil :: TWITTER TAGS: #CWB #worldcup #brazil #brasil #curitiba #everybodyPlays #WorldsFavoriteGame #TodoMundoJoga #futeboldetabuleiro #cheerforpeace #ongODPH

Give & Game, Fan Festival – Photo Report

World cup fever comes to ALL of Brazil, Vila Torres is ready for the Copa
Thiago makes a little football pitch for the day
Plenty of cleaning to be done
Locals arriving, the really great Brazilian bike taxi
Projecto Novo Horizonte – getting the food ready
Super Chef Igor preparing his organic vegan feast, with a little help…
Early days, taking a work break, making new friends + first goes on the BIKE MACHINE
Samba with Bateria C7, local band from UFPR
Face painting, bringing world cup fever to Vila Torres
Organização de Desenvolvimento do Potencial Humano (ODPH) – A wonderful NGO in Vila Torres
People came as far away as Japan and Ireland for this special event
The kids made their own freshly squeezed clementine juice! via the BICYCLE-MACHINE
Everyone wanted a go on the BIKE MACHINE
The bike machine was VERY popular – THIS IS THE FUTURE
Queue for the bike machine, giving the #cheerforpeace 3 fingered cheer
Thiago starts his mural, once he’s started, there’s no stopping him
Healthy food, given freely to anyone that wanted it, and more…
Good healthy organic vegan food from the local municipal market….. YYYYUUUUMMMMMM
More 3 fingers getting painted
More printing, making the colored 3 finger prints
A very colorful day in Vila Torres
a very colorful day
lines of 3 finger #CheerForPeace prints, in the Brazil colours
colored prints, signed by all those recieving a football top
Vila Torres kids getting new footy tops from the Canadian students of Alberta
Lots of new green tops in the barrio
Street footy games, under watchful eye of local FC Parana coach
A day in Vila Torres, in front of the ODPH school
Old school Brazilian samba
even football chess
Brazilian table football
Even a bit of happy yoga with Berlin
not only the kids came down to hang out for the day
some great skills from the kids of Vila Torres
Photo time
Thiago’s mural
mural from Thiago Thipan
Some of the Trilhas student group from UFPR
Champions: Valdimê, Kauanna & Paloma… The future is feminine!
Daniel and the Parana coach, maybe in the future a Vila Torres player might be the next Neymer Jnr???
Kauanna getting loads of great pictures of the community
Ozzy footy fans become Vila Torres horsies
After all his work in the kitchen, Igor carries the kids around
Big Canadian guy taken down by a load of Brazil kids
This guy was very happy with his new shirt and boots, great footballer too
Lots of new footballs for Vila Torres, thanks to the good people of Alberta
The next Raul Seixas???
Local Parana station RPC TV come to cover the event
Getting the message out to the wider audience
CheerForPeace founders Paloma and Nima share their dreams with Brazilian TV
The Fan Fest closed on a high-note withe beautiful Opera from English-Brazilian artist Penelope
Opera in the streets… beautiful





2 thoughts on “On the eve of World Cup in Curitiba, Opera came to the favela of Vila Torres

  1. Articles about the #CheerForPeace events appeared in some online magazines, 3 in Brazil and 1 in India:

    – Brazil May Have the Answers to Many Global Ecological and Social Ills (Brazzil.com, July 2014)

    – Cheer For Peace (Curitiba in English, July 2014)

    – Brazil: Opera Came to the Favela of Vila Torres (Gringoes.com, July 2014)

    – Brazil’s Protest Against World Cup – Why the Anger? (Indian Football Network, June 2014)

    – Brazil’s Protest Against World Cup – Striving for Positive Changes (Indian Football Network, June 2014)

    – For a greener and socially fair World Cup – #CheerForPeace working with all of Brazil (CheerForPeace, June 2014)

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