Recife: The Playable City is a Watershed project delivered in collaboration with Porto Digital and the British Council, as part of the UK/Brazil Transform programme. The project is supported by the British Council's Creative Economy programme and the Arts Council England.
Watershed & the Pervasive Media Studio
Watershed is a cross-artform venue and producer, sharing, developing and showcasing exemplary cultural ideas and talent. Through curation of people, ideas and spaces, we enable artistic visions and creative collaborations to flourish and produce work that cuts across film, music, theatre, design, visual and applied art, and the creative and technology sectors. The Pervasive Media Studio is Watershed’s city-centre research lab that brings together a network of over 180 artists, technologists and academics to explore the future of mobile and wireless media. Run in partnership with the University of the West of England’s Digital Cultures Research Centre and the University of Bristol, the studio has a great workspace, an open ethos and a can-do attitude.
Porto Digital is an internationally renowned digital and creative industries’ cluster and technological park. Founded in 2001, the park has its headquarters in the historic centre of Recife. Its buildings house over 230 companies and 7,000 employees, and its overall turnover was estimated at USD500 million (2010). Porto Digital was twice considered (2007 and 2011) the best location for innovation in the country by the Anprotec, Brazilian Association of Technology Parks and Business Incubators.
The British Council, Creative Economy
The British Council is the only UK agency working across the creative and cultural industries with a combination of: a global network, defined by direct access to both international policymakers and the freshest creative talent; on-the-ground resources in over one hundred countries; market intelligence built on international, collaborative dialogue.
Working in a number of selected countries each year with UK and international partners, we collaborate on work ranging from nurturing emerging creative innovators through to developing government policy. We focus on the big issues shaping the sector's future prosperity: enterprise, policy and digital innovation. We look at the sector as a whole, developing programmes that highlight the relationship between culture, the economy and technology, working in the following areas:
- Emerging digital trends & collaborative models - spotting opportunities between sectors, showcasing innovation.
- Entrepreneurship & cultural leadership - business support, funding models, investment trends, networking opportunities, professional development.
- Policy development
- City & Cluster development - new cultural quarters and hubs, festivals, culture-led regeneration schemes
- Education & new skills
British Council Transform is a new arts and creativity programme over four years, aiming to develop the artistic dialogue between the UK and Brazil for mutual benefit and long term impact. Transform enables artists and professionals from the arts sector in both countries to share experiences and collaborate to bring about significant creative and social change for institutions, individuals and communities.
Arts Council England
Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries - from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better. Between 2011 and 2015, we will invest £1.4 billion of public money from government and an estimated £1 billion from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.