PETIT FESTIVAL DE JANEIRO


Petit Festival de Janeiro is a site specifc arts and music festival set in a high class neighbourhood in Campinas, interior of São Paulo. It is established by the brazilian law the right to seize public spaces for cultural manifestations, interventions and other activities of collective interest.

But the access to public space and the cultural infrastructure is conditioned by economic inequality and spatial segrega- tion. Most high class areas operate under a privatist logic of public space, where the open and free access infrastructure is seen as a possibility of getting in contact with the unknown other. Petit Festival de Janeiro presented independent music and visual arts, a result of a collaboration between 80 people from the city and abroad.

This gap between the inequality of access to culture creates a certain disturbance in the realization of an independent festival in a high class area. The project was approved by the secretary of culture but only discov- ered a few days before its realization by the the vice-mayor, which curiously lived near the square. The project contributed for a state against state wrist fight to see whereas the festival could happen or not.

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