That night, I saw the Cultural Center of Monte Azul – a place I pass almost every day – in a completely new light. It is not an especially beautiful place, not especially fancy, not especially striking – but it also isn’t run down or ugly. It is a simple place, doing it’s duty. … More Festa Junina (english/deutsch)
“What I want for them is to tell stories. I want them to discover light and colors and how to tell stories. I want them to see the value of sadness, vulnerability, insecurity. Because this is something so important – we all are slaves of our society that in some way tells us that only … More Photography-Project, Peinha
At the beginning of July the Association Monte Azul received special guests from South Africa. Nine youths and three managers of the organisation “Vulamasango-Open Gates”, including the founder Florian Krämer, spend two weeks in São Paulo together with the Community of Monte Azul. The two weeks were marked by various cultural exchanges, conversations, joy and … More Vulamasango – Photographs and Comments
São Paulo, the 18th of June, midday – bright sun makes thousands of people squint their eyes as the stare at the colorful celebrating mass of happiness. Balloons with the big print “PRIDE – since 1997” over the countless heads, faces with glitter and rainbow flags in the crowd, music humming through the air, people … More Your Value in Someone Else’s Hands – a March between Love and Violence
It is already dark when I press the bell at the old wooden portal that leads to Ute´s house. The neighbor’s dog walks with me up the stairs to the open front door, where Ute is already waiting. With the step over the door sill, you will begin to sense the spirit of the house … More In Ute Craemers House
One thing that should be mentioned when talking about Brazil: riding the bus is sometimes more thrilling than riding a roller coaster. Indeed – whoever at some point in his life daydreamed about flying through midair should definitely go and take a bus in São Paulo. Because there it is entirely possible to be lifted … More The Unique Experience of Actual Craziness within Daily Life.
Soon after finishing school, I started to think about my future. I have always been sure of my wish to do a volunteer year. My dream had always been to work and help in Africa, but when I entered the NGO “Freunde der Erziehungskunst”, I realized that it would be rather complicated because of my … More How this year changed my view of the world
Bê Ignacio, alias Betina, singer and songwriter, daughter of a German mother and Brazilian father, grew up in São Paulo, studied there in a Waldorf school, but spent a big part of her childhood in the Comunidade Monte Azul in the south zone of São Paulo, where her parents Renate and Paulo, together with Ute … More Bê Ignacio
Wednesday. Usually the day of instruments, of rhythm, of Tia Luna. But this time it was different. When the door of the theatre opened, the kids -me included- got surprised. A beautiful map of Brazil was drawn with chalk on the dark, wooden floor. This time we talked about the regions in Brazil, about where … More Rhythm-School in Monte Azul
An Excursion with the afternoon-group of the Escola de Música – 4 days at the Pequeno Principe, days full of music and football and playing, eating, singing, running around in the mud and being happy (I mean, like, almost all the time happy. And when not happy – learning. A lot. As well important).