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On June 2, at the start of the winter season in Brazil, youth gathered for an annual hip hop benefit concert titled "Dance and Get Warm" at the Símon Bolívar Auditorium of the Latin America Memorial in São Paulo to help collect winter clothing for society's most vulnerable people.
The event, held for the sixth time, was co-organized by the São Paulo Ministry of Public Safety, Bombelêla Dance Company and SGI-Brazil (BSGI). Admission to the concert involved the donation of two pieces of outerwear, new or in good condition. The clothes were passed onto the Winter Clothes Campaign, an initiative of the Social Solidarity Fund of the State of São Paulo for distribution to families in need.
The "Dance and Get Warm" concert began with a b-boy (breakdancing) session in the lobby, followed by street dance performances by eight groups from various districts of São Paulo City who were among the selected finalists of a dance competition held by BSGI earlier in the year. The finale featured DJ and producer Dehco Wanlu with local rappers, and singer and composer Leandro Lehart.
There was also a display of graffiti paintings by urban artist Yara Amaral and artists from Projecto Quixote, an NGO that has been supporting street children and at-risk youth in São Paulo since 1996.
[Adapted from an article on the BSGI Website; photos courtesy of BSGI and Bombelêla Dance Company]
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