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Brazil Weekly Culture & Regional News

In Brazil on August 5, 2011 at 9:22 am

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Render of the the new Ospa theatre for Porto Alegre (Skyscrapercity).

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COMEDY

Rafinha Bastos is a ringleader of sorts for a diverse group of Brazilian comedians who are irreverent and fearless. “They’re not afraid to do social criticism and commentary,” said Álvaro Paes de Barros, the general manager for Viacom in Brazil, who is supervising the start of Comedy Central there. “Really, they are quite gutsy” (The New York Times).

CINEMA

Most people know José Padilha as simply being the director of Elite Squad I and II, but some consider him a genius of the film industry, not only in Brazil. Few directors manage to capture the soul of individuals, regardless of frontiers, like he does (Brazil Phenomenon).

AMAZON

The Amazon Fund, managed by the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), will support efforts to protect Kayapó indigenous territories. The Brazilian Fund for Biodiversity (Funbio) will intermediate an investment of up to R$ 16.9 million in non-reimbursable funding to constitute an operational and financial long-term and innovative mechanism denominated the Kayapó Fund (BNDES).

NORDESTE

Brilliant blue skies and endless sandy beaches flanked by coconut groves exist, not only in our imagined vision of paradise, but also as an integral part of Brazil’s coastal landscape. For most travelers it is the ultimate dream to wake up right on a tropical beach, and fortunately for those who make it to Brazil there are many pousadas where you can walk straight out to river or sea with “pé na areia” – feet in the sand (The Rio TImes).

PARA

Outlying regions, such as the northern Amazon region state of Pará, on the other hand usually only attract unwanted attention for their high rates of deforestation, land conflict and other environmental issues, such as the construction of dams. Yet the state, which is bigger than Angola, is a rough-edged jewel with plenty of potential for tourism (FT Beyond BRICS).

RIO

As Rio’s Marina da Glória played host to the extravagant 2014 FIFA World Cup Preliminary Draw, behind-the-scenes tension threatened to tarnish its reputation as a budding destination for the world’s premier mega-events. The draw, which marks the beginning of the regional contests in which 175 countries will fight for just 31 playoff berths, comes amid growing concern about Brazil’s readiness for the inevitable influx of tourists and investment that come largely as a consequence of the games (The Rio Times).

A recent scam experience is serving as the inspiration and topic of the next ‘Gringo Group Therapy’ session, a monthly event hosted by American restauranteur and small business owner Sam Flowers at his Ipanema Gringo Café. The scam involved an imposter, acting as a Light electricity-technician, demanding unnecessary work on electricity supply systems, something that any business owner or resident is susceptible to (The Rio Times).

According to market statistics provided by Agente Imóvel, the average price per square meter of real estate in Rio reached R$5,610 (US$3,620) this week, an increase of 3.2 percent compared to the same period last month, while São Paulo’s average price lagged behind at R$5,149 (US$3,323), an increase of just 0.7 percent on last month (The Rio Times).

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RIO GRANDE DO SUL

Spain’s Elecnor group is building more wind power plants in Brazil’s southern state of Rio Grande do Sul totalling an estimated 300 MW. The undertaking was boosted by funding from Brazil economic and social development bank, BNDES) (MercoPress).

SAO PAULO

The city council of South America’s biggest city has adopted legislation calling for a Heterosexual Pride Day to be celebrated on the third Sunday of each December. Sao Paulo Mayor Gilberto Kassab must sign the legislation for it to become law and has said only that he is studying it. His office declined to say whether he supports the proposal (Washington Post).

A consortium that includes Malaysia’s Scomi Engineering Berhad has won a RM2.6 billion contract to build an 18km monorail line in Sao Paulo, Brazil, parent company Scomi Group Berhad said. It said the Consortium Monotrilho Integracao contract covers the design works, manufacture, supply and implementation of the monorail system for Line 17 – Gold Metro of São Paulo which will have 18 stations commencing from Jabaquara to São Paulo – Morumbi (The Malaysian Insider).

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