Cardboard Citz joins With One Voice in Rio

Posted on: 15 July 2016

Written by: Charlie Marshall

Cardboard Citizens will be travelling from Whitechapel to Brazil next week as part of With One Voice, an artistic occupation of the streets of Rio with the city’s homeless community.

Cardboard Citizens is joining forces with arts organisations around the world, including the UK’s Streetwise Opera and The Choir With No Name, Australia’s Milk Crate Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed NYC, to use the week of pop-up performances, training and workshops to help create visibility, dignity and respect for homeless people as part of the 2016 Cultural Olympiad.

Our Artistic Director and Founder Adrian Jackson and Associate Artist Terry O’Leary will arrive in Rio on 19 July following Terry’s trip last year to deliver a series of workshops to engage with the city’s homeless community and celebrate their artistic achievements.

With One Voice will be only the second time homeless people have been represented at the Olympics, following London 2012’s artistic showcase at the Royal Opera House.

The project culminates on 23 July when With One Voice will officially launch the first ever international arts and homelessness movement at an event featuring local and international performances. The Olympic arts and homelessness baton will then be handed over to Japan in a symbolic ceremony ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Feeling sad you won't be in Rio with them? You can watch a live stream of the event from 8pm at when the website will also launch.