Lia Marchi

Lia Marchi is a filmmaker, researcher, teacher and producer.

She began her artistic activities at the theater in 1990 and afterwards delved into the world of music and popular tradition.

Starting in 1998, she created the Tocadores project, which she still coordinates. This project is an initiative of documentation and dissemination of popular musical traditions which has recorded more than 160 artists in Brazil and Portugal.

In 1999, Lia founded her cultural production company, the Olaria Art and Education Projects, based in the city of Curitiba, in Southern Brazil. She works in it as Artistic Director. Lia is also at the head of artistic and educational projects covering various themes such as cultural heritage, popular culture, arts education and traditional music and dance.

Member of IELT (Institute for Studies of Traditional Literature of the New University of Lisbon), she was fellow of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and of the Organization of Ibero-American States.

In her books and films, Lia deals with the rich universe of traditional communities and the sounds and meanings of local cultures.

Currently, she divides her time between musical research, documentary- making and workshops for various audiences.

© Lia no Alentejo. Foto: Zig Koch/Projeto Tocadores