News from Brazil

Culture & Regional

In Uncategorized on May 30, 2010 at 12:40 pm

BUILDING OF THE WEEK

An impression of a new cultural centre for Brasilia, the SESC Beira Mar.

CULTURE

How’s this for an unlikely power trio: three of the top-selling recording artists in Brazil are Catholic priests (Reuters).

One of the biggest events in the Brazilian fashion calendar kicked off last week with the opening of the 17th edition of Fashio Rio, featuring major Brazilian designers as well as introducing some of the most exciting emerging young talent. The event runs from Thursday May 27th to Tuesday June 1st at Praça Mauá, showcasing the hottest collections for Spring/Summer 2011 (The Rio Times).

AMAZON

Beptum Xikrin contemplates the Bacaja River from his village of thatched-roof huts, wondering how he will catch fish or take Brazil nuts to market if a planned dam on the Amazon’s mighty Xingu River will, as ecologists expect, all but dry up this tributary. Read the story at Reuters.

FORTALEZA

Sunlight, caipirinhas, ocean views, soccer games, samba, mpb and bossa nova are all perfect accessories for the favorite Brazilian pastime: lounging and relaxing. With a culture that values leisure as much as Brazil does, it is only natural that Brazilazy, a brand known for its large, comfortable lounge pillows, is on its way to becoming a widely recognized, in-demand commodity (The Rio Times).

RIO

Rio’s bid for to host the World Cup in 2014 and Olympics in 2016 has set the real estate industry into a boom. With prime locations Leblon, Ipanema and Copacabana experiencing continued transformation, foreigners and Brazilians alike are buying, often as vacation rental properties (The Rio Times).

The La Suite boutique hotel with only seven bedrooms has one of the most stunning views of the city (Rio Official Guide).

DOG’S LIVES

Hundreds of tightly packed zinc-roofed shacks dot a hillside slum, one of thousands of “favelas” that are home to samba stars, drug lords and millions of poor Brazilians. But this slum in the southern city of Caxias do Sul is a home for dogs, not humans (Reuters).

SALVADOR

Coconut milk and heady spices dancing on the pallet bring to mind India, Africa or the Caribbean but these flavors are also the hallmarks of Bahian cuisine. The state located in the Northeast of Brazil with Salvador as its capital has long been famed for its stunning landscape, beaches, music and colonial architecture. However it also has a lot to boast about when it comes to cuisine, and does so in the Museu da Gastronomia Baiana (Bahian Gastronomic Museum) (The Rio Times).

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