Shelly Coyne Awarded Funding to Travel to Brazil to Celebrate Arts and Homelessness at the Cultural Olympiad


Image Courtesy of Rio City Council

The 15th July will see 1st year PhD student Shelly Coyne fly to Brazil for 3 weeks to join other delegates for an arts and homelessness ‘occupation’ of Rio and a celebration of the artistic achievements of Brazilian performers who have experienced homelessness. A week of cross cultural training workshops and performances, as part of the cultural Olympiad, marks the second With One Voice event and the launch of the new International Arts and Homelessness Movement. This unique travel opportunity will give Shelly the chance to spend time with 11 homeless choirs in Rio during their rehearsals and performances gathering data for her research; a phenomenological study of community choir participation for singers who have experienced homelessness.

Image Courtesy of Matt Preistly

Image Courtesy of Matt Preistly

The research trip has been generously funded by The Gerry Farrell Travelling Scholarship, SEMPRE and Edinburgh University’s Gwen Clutterbuck Scholarship, Postgraduate Expenses Fund and Principal’s Go Abroad Fund and is fully supported by Streetwise Opera (

With One Voice Brazil is a Streetwise Opera initiative run in partnership with People’s Palace Projects.