Archive for July, 2009

Boutique Bar Show - 15th 16th September 2009

We’re very excited about this. It’s a show for the bar industry which focusses showcasing quality products, rather than dancing girls and giant inflatable exhibition stands.

Our friend, and founder of the Boutique Bar Show, Andrew Scutts is putting a load of effort in, and from what we hear the line up is looking great already - check out the website at and register.

We will of course be there, and are currently thinking about what kind of exhibition stand to do. Any ideas, give us a shout!


Braziliality’s 1st Birthday Party

Braziliality, curated by the lovely Alicia Bastos, is an ongoing monthly art exhibition at the 16mm Cafe in Soho, which showcases work from Brazilian artists, or work inspired by Brazil.

We were happy to sponsor their first Birthday party, as it featured work from Eduardo Zappia who joined up with the volunteer firefighters in Chapada Diamantina (where Abelha Cachaça is created), to combat the massive bushfires there last year.

Alicia, Founder of Braziliality (Centre)

Artist, Eduardo Zappia

Anthony tells a little about Abelha Cachaca

Ant and Hal of Abelha Cachaca

All images from Braziliality


Forest Heroes: Photography by Eduardo Zappia

The Chapada Diamantinha is a huge expanse of highland in the North East of Brasil, stretching over an area about the size of the UK. It’s home to Abelha Cachaça, where we grow our cane on the highland sandy soils.

Image from daniel.weinbaum

Due to the heat and dry climate, there are always bushfires, but last year’s were greater in extent than ever before. Between September and November, more than 75.000 hectares of the Chapada Diamantina National Park (over 50% of the region) had burnt to dust, along with rare species of plants and local wildlife. Only 10% of the park remained totally unscathed.

Image from eduzappia

Forest Heroes, by photographer Eduardo Zappia and curated by Braziliality, presents some shocking but also aesthetically beautiful images of this ecological disaster. With the park in flames, the photographer joined the fire brigade volunteers of the region and took his camera along. The result was an amazing work that shows the reality of people who risk their lives for nature.

Image from eduzappia

Also showing is a Brazilian documentary about the fires, from a production company in the centre of the Chapada.

The Fireline in Chapada Diamantina (Linha de fogo na Chapada Diamantina)
Documentary from Produtora Montanhas Filmes, Brazil

The Fireline on Chapada Diamantina (Linha de fogo na Chapada Diamantina) is a documentary that shows one of the most beautiful Brazilian geographical paradises in Bahia, North East Brasil. During dry season the Chapada’s precious ecosystem, suffers the destruction from fire, sometimes destroying over a third of the area. Montanhas Film Production, based in Lençois in the heart of the Chapada, closely documented speaking to key people, workers and the government about it. This project aimed to collect and investigate the various opinions, as well as about the fight against the fire.

There are speculations about the origin of the fire, as mine workers in protest or by farmers could have started it. The Chapada da Diamantina has volunteers fighting to stop the fire, although they have not much support for their basic needs. From the government only 6 officers are responsible to take care of the whole park, which is not enough to supervise the area. Passionate about the cause, Montanha Filmes dedicated two months of independent production to the cause, creating this unique documentary, which mixes art and social consciousness in capturing this tragic event.

Event Details

Forest Heroes, Photography by Eduardo Zappia

The Fireline in Chapada Diamantina, Documentary by Montanhas Filmes

From 9th July - 9th August 2009 at At 16mm Deli Café & Screening Room (0207 287 8892)
19 D’Arblay Street, W1F 8ED

Braziliality is a ongoing exhibition showcasing both Brazilian and Brazil-inspired art, based at the 16mm Cafe, London.

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