Straight question: your country is divided both politically and socially, the economy is a mess and civil rights get more endangered on the daily. Yeah, maybe even World War III is on the way, what do you do, fam?
You throw a thirteen-hour party, of course.
Such is the mindset of an artistic amalgam named Gold Dome, currently taking the art scene of southern Brazil by storm. Currently led and curated by Lourene Nicola and Caio Bório, I got a quick chance to interview them, discussing their manifesto and weapons of choice.
Mainly, Gold Dome is a flag. A flag that flutters for the independent artist, sheltering music producers, filmmakers, photographers and fashionistas. Taste makers at their core.
Equipped with a particular set of collaborators, they are also always on the lookout for new Brazilian acts to join them, or make a short-lived society. As they say in their own words, roughly translated — “We’re permeated with appreciation for Brazilian culture; collaborating all the way, economy of the conscience, human rights equality, art as a social engine, curative therapy with respect and admiration for neighbour.”
The project bridges the multicultural occupation of physical spaces to express diverse viewpoints of both art and politics. This manifestations responds to the name Redoma (‘dome’ or ‘summit’ in Portuguese) and is going on its second year already. Also good to note, these events encompass many other arenas, like gastronomy and engineering. Art by all sorts of artists beyond the rules.
The culmination of these collective efforts gave birth to the 7th Redoma, commemorating the fourth year of Gold Dome. This time, bringin’ their Futuristic Brazil Manifesto, upholding values previously mentioned and joining forces for another common goal: making some damn fine music. Live bands, vinyl DJ sets and some unmissable freestyling.
A thirteen-hour festival, crafted by go-getting artists themselves. It was a Herculean task to materialise, and that’s not really even counting the plurality of eighty-two other creatives from around the country getting involved, nor the space and resources required to invite over five hundred peeps.
Thankfully, Gold Dome isn’t fighting on this front alone; its mere existence showcased a lack of free-thinking events and spaces, and through intertia, similar projects have begun to sprout up. However, they found their main strength, and maybe what sets them apart. It’s the oasis of acceptance in which they hydrate themselves, sheltering artists of diverse cultural backgrounds, sexualities, skin tones and tax brackets.
It’s 2K17, this should be the rule, but ya know how the world goes.
Diversity gives them a bigger, richer polyphonic sound; ideas collide over every inch of this uniquely trippy cluster.
Gettin’ together for a necessity, stickin’ together for the future. In an ever-degrading and polarising society, in a country as big as a continent, sharing is caring. Sharing is revolutionising the status quo.
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These events don’t only highlight emerging talent and bring together an interesting mix of artistic viewpoints. They also comment on legal boundaries and their relationship with the cultural sector, which is particularly relevant in a place that — this may shock some — is as hypocritical and conservative as Brazil is. Seeing is believing, so scope out the documentary here.
Cover image by Vitor Augosto