On Monday afternoon Mary and I were at the South Bank Centre in London to meet Juana Nunes and Alexandre Santini from the Brazilian Ministry of Culture who are visiting the UK as part of the Points of Contact exchange programme organised by People’s Palace Projects. We joined Juana, Alex, Paul Heritage, Rosie Hunter and Fabricio Ramos for a discussion about the amateur arts in the UK and Brazil. It was fascinating to compare notes on a wide range of issues including education, community development, social exclusion and the right to cultural expression. Our Brazilian guests were particularly impressed by the scale of amateur arts activity in the UK: “in Britain you seem to have a real tradition of people ‘just doing’ arts and crafts”.
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