The Prince Claus Mobile Labs are alternative co-thinking spaces where cultural changemakers can meet and exchange ideas. Independent and nomadic events, the Labs travel across the globe, sparking opportunities for new perspectives to flourish. 

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Co-curated in collaboration with our Impact Awardees, the Mobile Labs respond to the necessities of their specific community, serving needs on the ground while enabling knowledge to be collaboratively shared through lectures, workshops, discussions, and field trips. Each Mobile Lab adapts itself to local thematic developments, serving as a responsive measure to specific opportunities and needs on the ground.  

Each Mobile Lab features our Impact Awardees, alongside our Seed and Mentorship Awardees, as well as changemakers from the Fund's Network, local artists and cultural practitioners, catalyzing global, dynamic and long-lasting connections. 


Language is essential to one’s culture and, when a language is lost, there is a cultural void and important knowledge is forgotten. Ever since Brazil’s colonisation dating back to the 16th century, not only have its indigenous people been displaced but the diversity of its indigenous languages has been continually destroyed. At its core, one’s language is a basic right: to express their individuality but also to shape their culture, produce new knowledges, and preserve ancestry. 

Our first Mobile Lab in 2024 takes us to the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where indigenous leader, environmentalist, philosopher, writer, and 2022 Impact Awardee, Ailton Krenak, co-curates a three-day programme of public events, master classes, performances, and panel talks together with the Prince Claus Fund. 

The 2024 Mobile Lab in Brazil is themed around "Mother Tongue" and critically addresses the urgent need to conserve and nurture Brazil's indigenous languages as part of a larger effort of de-colonisation and working towards a future that is equitable, inclusive, and sustainable.

Please not: entry to the public events is free, but make sure to reserve your spot in advance below. 



18 May | Museum of Indigenous Cultures, São Paulo

Official Opening | 10:00 - 11:00 

Panel Talk: Nhe’e: Words-Spirits or Capsules of The “Good Words”  | 11:00 - 13:30

Featuring Saulo Guarani (Rio Silveira Indigenous Land, Bertioga - SP), Catarina Cunhã Nymbopy’ruá (Piaçaguera Indigenous Land, Peruíbe - SP),  Davi Popygua (Jaraguá Indigenous Land, São Paulo - SP). Moderated by Carlos Papa (TI Rio Silveira).

Panel Talk: Tongues-Spirits and The Ancestral Technologies in The Revitalization of Indigenous Languages | 15:00 - 17:00

Featuring Ana ⁠Suelly (BSB), Altaci Kokama (BSB), Anari Pataxó (MG). Moderated by Cristine Takuá (TI Rio Silveira).

Closing Circle: Museum of Indigenous Cultures Knowledge Master’s Greeting | 17:00 - 18:00 

Masters of Knowledge will say a greeting in their own language, ending the day with a song and a circle with the public.


19 May | Museum of Indigenous Cultures, São Paulo

Pubic Conversation: One Foot in The World, The Other in the Village: Indigenous People in Urban Situation | 10:00 - 12:00

Featuring Auritha Tabajara (Guarulhos - SP), Dario Terena (TI Arariba - Kopenoti village) (Bauru), Gilberto Tupi-Guarani (Multiethnic Village of Guarulhos - SP), Márcia Kaingang (Campinas - SP). 

Public Conversation: The Meaning of Nhe’e | 14:00 - 16:30

Featuring Carlos Papa (Rio Silveira Indigenous Land, Bertioga - SP) and Suely Rolnik (Center for Subjectivity Studies at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo - PUC - SP).

Presentation: Fulni-ô Entourage (Águas Belas-PE) - Virada Cultural | 17:00 - 18:00 


22 May | Banco do Brasil Cultural Center, Rio de Janeiro

Performance | 10:00

"My Language Has NO Nomeland" Sacred Chant of Tukano Culture, with Carlos Tukano (Aldeia Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro - RJ). Presentation by Ailton Krenak (Krenak Indigenous Land, Resplendor - MG)

Creative Word | 10:00 - 12:00

"Weaving Languages: The Emergence of Indigenous Languages", featuring João Bento, Júlia Xavante (Aldeia Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro - RJ), José Urutau Guajajara (Aldeia Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro - RJ), Altaci Kokama  (BSB). Moderated by Andreia Duarte (SP).

Poetic Exchanges | 14:00 - 16:00

"Can We Change The World?" featuring Juan Rodrigues (Alagoinhas - Bahia), Mauricio Lima (Rio de Janeiro - RJ), Mbé - Luan Correia (Rio de Janeiro - RJ).