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Brazil Weekly’s Brazil Culture & Regional News

In Brazil on September 23, 2011 at 9:52 am

PROJECT OF THE WEEK

Render of the 31 floors LandScape Parque Flamboyant residential tower for Jardim Goias, Goiania, Goias state (Skyscrapercity).

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CULTURE

Europalia is a major international arts festival held every two years to celebrate one invited country’s cultural heritage. Since 1969, Europalia has organised some twenty-two festivals. Each has turned the spotlight on one culture in a comprehensive programme of music, fine arts, photography, cinema, theatre, dance, literature, architecture, design, fashion and gastronomy.

For its 23rd festival, Europalia takes you to Brazil ! Modern and forward-looking, this country has managed to draw upon its origins and the mosaic of its peoples. An entire world blends together in this country : from the heirs of European settlers to the Amazon Indians, from the Afro-Brazilians – descendants of slaves – to immigrants from Japan, Lebanon, Italy, China, Germany… Rythms, colours, shapes… heritage and contemporary art : in more than 200 venues in Belgium and abroad, join us to discover Brazil and its mix of identities and cultures! Check out the content at europalia.brasil, the diversity of Brazil in the heart of Europe

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CULTURE

Heloise Baylão, a Brazilian singer was born in Goiânia (State of Goiás/Brazil). She has been living in Rotterdam/The Netherlands since 2001 and in that city she was able to improve her experience in music as well as her interaction with other artists. She began her musical career when she started studying Classical Piano at the age of five. When she turned six years old she was then admitted to the Musical Conservatory of the Federal University of Goias, where read on here.

SPLIT SECOND POLLS

AMAZON

Brazilian rescuers have found a British couple whose vehicle crashed into a ravine in the Amazon jungle. Lesley Norris and Bruce Scott clambered up the ravine and alerted relatives in England by mobile phone after the crash 200 miles from Manaus in Brazil (BBC).

The board of Brazil’s HRT Participacoes voted to close a deal with Russia’s TNK-BP for the sale of oil exploration blocks in the Solimoes Basin in the Amazon (Reuters).

MINAS GERAIS

The state of Minas Gerais plans to tax the production of iron ore processed in other states, to gain an additional 400 million reais ($222 million) of revenue (Bloomberg).

NORDESTE

Petrobras announced it has located petroleum and gas reserves in ultra-deep waters of the Sergipe-Alagoas basin, calling the discovery a “new oil province” for Brazil (LAHT).

RIO

Rio de Janeiro does not need foreign funding to stage the 2016 Games after abandoning plans to launch “Olympic bonds” worth $2 billion to help finance infrastructure projects, the city’s new Olympics czar said (Reuters).

Rua Uruguaiana in Centro is known to Cariocas and savvy tourists as one of Rio’s best bargain shopping destinations. The popular market, a labyrinth of tiny stalls selling electronics, clothing, and media, has recently become a target of investigation into militia extortion, counterfeiting and even illegal immigration (The Rio Times).

Rock in Rio has finally arrived, and with over 700,000 tickets sold the city is prepared to be overrun starting Friday, September 23rd, for seven days of music over the span of ten days. This is the first time in ten years that Rock in Rio has returned to its hometown, and fans from around the world are excited for this epic event (The Rio Times).

Check some tips for having fun safely during Rock in Rio at the Rio Official Guide.

Many come to Rio De Janeiro having never heard of Leme, but this small borough boasts the same beautiful beach as Copacabana and the same main drag of cyclists, skaters and runners. The only difference being the lack of congestion and tourism, which are the same reasons that keep this little piece of Rio a favorite getaway for locals (The Rio Times).

The city of Rio de Janeiro has a lot of options when it comes to thrill seeking, from rappelling down high cliffs, to spear fishing and of course plenty of surfing. Outside the city though, one can find adventure near the border of Minas Gerais, two hours driving from Rio de Janeiro city, were the wild Paraibuna river has several rafting outfits operating (The Rio Times).

SANTA CATARINA

State legislators in Santa Catarina approved the sale of as much as 49 percent of state-controlled water and sanitation company Cia. Catarinense de Aguas & Saneamento (Bloomberg).

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