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In Brazil on January 21, 2011 at 10:37 am


Render of the Museum of Tomorrow for Rio de Janeiro’s docklands project. Designed by Santiago Calatrava for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development or ‘RIO+20’ in 2012.


The work of Dutch graphic artist MC Escher, considered to be the master of optical illusion, will be on display at the Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB), Bank of Brazil Cultural Center, from January 18th to March 27th (The Rio Times).


Brazil’s film policy, not only thematically but also – and chiefly – in its form, is to be the focus of discussions at the 14th Tiradentes Film Festival, which from January 21 to 29 opens Brazil’s season, in the historical city of Tiradentes, in Minas Gerais state (Portal Brasil).

“Lula, the Son of Brazil” recounts the travails of Brazil’s popular former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, from his birth in abject poverty to his entry into politics in the 1970s. The film undoubtedly holds more fascination for Brazilian than American audiences, though the region’s political turmoil enhances its appeal (Reuters).


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Most of Brazil’s development has traditionally been concentrated in a number of state capitals, like Sao Paulo, Rio, Belo Horizonte and many others. These cities have – not unlogically – today become Brazil’s economic and political centres. However a number of other cities or conurbations have been developing over the last decades, in the shadow of the state capitals. Some of these cities might become as important as their state capitals. Let’s explore!


The rental market in the favela community of Rocinha is about to expand after the 144-unit apartment complex built by the government’s PAC, Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento (Program of Growth Acceleration) was inaugurated on December 21, 2010 (The Rio Times).

You could visit the most paradisiacal beaches in Rio by escaping the traditional tour. Read how and where.

EBX Group is also working to transform the Marina da Glória into a place for the patrons of Rio to enjoy events, conventions and leisure activities. With plans currently under evaluation by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute, Marina da Gloria will also provide a suitable arena to host the nautical competitions of the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The first 3D movie theater was inaugurated in the Nova Brasilia favela. With 96 seats and advanced equipment, the project “Nova Brasilia Citizen’s New Cinema” is aimed at extending to the poor a form of entertainment that, in the past decades, became a privilege of the higher classes (Xinhua).