Scene Change

La Traviata 5 Minute Video Challenge

As part of the Design Challenge, students were tasked with creating five-minute films based on the themes of the opera La Traviata - above, you can see the UK winner of 'Best Film'. 

Watch the rest of the winning entires from the UK here, and winning Brazilian entires here.

About Scene Change

Scene Change is a two-year cultural skills exchange project that aims to foster creative learning between cultural institutions in the UK and Brazil via digital technology and international study visits. 

Initiated in August 2014, Scene Change is a collaboration between the British Council, the Royal Opera House, High House Production Park and Creative & Cultural Skills in the UK and Brazilian partners Theatro Municipal, Spectaculu and FUNARTE. Facilitated by People’s Palace Projects and part of Transform Brazil programme, the project aims to connect students and teachers in Rio (Brazil) and Thurrock and London (England) with each other’s work and practices to develop dialogue around technical skills practice and engender long term connections.

Scene Change will also internationalise the Royal Opera House’s existing successful live-brief project Design Challenge, developing a model that can digitally reach a broad range of age groups and skill sets.


Check out this storify that documents the adventures of Rogeiro (tutor) and Ipojucan (student) from Spectaculu who came to London for one week in March 2015 as part of Scene Change and British Council Transform.  They visited a variety of UK cultural organisations and education institutions to exchange knowledge on: 

  • how to engage young people as creative thinkers
  • how the theatre and wider arts sector can make links with formal education 
  • how young people can work with live briefs from industry.

The week ended with an exciting exhibition, the finale of the Design Challenge competition, at the Royal Opera House, which showcased work (design, costume, marketing and make-up) by students from creative and cultural skills colleges in the UK, which Spectaculu’s work was included in.

Scene Change in London and Rio de Janeiro

Students from Creative and UK Cultural Skills Academy Colleges exhibit their work at the Royal Opera House in London in March 2015, and students from Spectaculu perform Madame Butterfly at Theatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro in December 2014.