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In Brazil on April 6, 2012 at 10:11 am


Render of the Comercial Cidade Jardims building for Sao Paulo (source).


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Expanding its play for Brazil’s building middle-classes, TV giant TV Globo is readying “Gabriela,” a new telenovela adaptation of Jorge Amado’s 1958 novel “Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon.” The high-profile telenovela looks likely to go into production second half 2012, Raphael Correa, Globo TV Intl. head of international sales said (Chicago Tribune).



The good news is that despite late starts and strikes, work on the 12 stadiums being built or renovated for the 2014 World Cup is largely on schedule. The bad news is that they are already three times over budget and are being built with taxpayers’ money despite initial promises that private enterprise would foot the bill (Reuters).

Brazil’s Senate canceled a meeting with FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke, reigniting a spat with soccer’s ruling body a month after the South American country tried to remove him as the lead representative for the planning of the 2014 World Cup (Bloomberg).


The Brazil Network Day in The Netherlands was held in Rotterdam, April 3rd, hosted by the Brazilian Embassy, the Rotterdam Chamber of Commerce and the City of Rotterdam. The fine fleur of Dutch business circles dined with the Brazilian expat community in the grand art deco Burgerzaal of Rotterdam City Hall. Rotterdam is the EU’s biggest port and the gateway of Brazil to the Old Continent. Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb confirmed the city’s partnership with Brazil and its many companies that have settled recently in the port city, such as Petrobras, Braskem, Copersucar, Cutrale and many others. Brazil’s Ambassador Jose Denot Medeiros expressed his conviction that the excellent relationship between Rotterdam and Brazil will grow even more in the future (Brazil Weekly).


Coming soon on Brazil Weekly is an overview of Brazil’s next 10 hottest business cities. Brazil’s economy is not just growing in Sao Paulo, Rio or other state capitals, nor is development confined to FIFA Worldcup host cities. Brazil grows almost everywhere. Brazil Weekly have picked the cream of the pack of fast developing business cities and we will it share with you!


Corporal Rodrigo Alves Cavalcante, a Military Police (PM) officer with the Batalhão de Choque (Shock Batalion), was shot and killed in Rocinha. He becomes the first police officer, and the ninth person in total, to be killed in a growing spree of violence that has swept through the favela community since February (The Rio Times).

At the end of March, Rio State Governor, Sérgio Cabral, announced new plans to clean up Guanabara Bay, one of Brazil’s most iconic and beautiful natural landmarks. The Environmental Sanitation Program for the Guanabara Bay Area (PSAM) will be one of the state government’s biggest environmental programs, relying on around R$1.1 billion in investments (The Rio Times).

Relocating to Brazil, and Rio in particular, prompts many questions for expatriates. One question more foreigners living, or intending to live, in Brazil should be asking is, “How am I planning my future? (The Rio Times).”

The favelas of Rio have arguably represented a dangerous side of the Cidade Maravilhosa, but with the pacification efforts, several favela communities have become a safe and welcoming point of interest for tourists. For a long time all but the most adventurous of travelers would need a local guide to explore favela living, but now there are several accessible areas boasting beautiful views and authentic culture (The Rio Times).

63 years after the last retrospective by the artist at Museu Nacional de Belas Artes, Eliseu Visconti exhibit is brought to life–anticipated modernity. With around 250 pieces, including paintings, drawings, ceramics and documents by the artist, many of the pieces on showcase where never seen by the audience, not even by Brazilian art history specialists. These pieces belong to 15 institutions and 80 private collectors. The largest collection of the artist’s pieces belongs to MNBA. Eliseu Visconti was one of the biggest presences in the transition from imperial Brazil to modern Brazil, anticipating modernity in Brazilian art, without ever breaking away from its origins or the artist who preceded it (Rio Official Guide).



Sao Paulo State Governor Geraldo Alckmin has outlined an ambitious plan to attract foreign investment with the aim of creating 1.5 million new jobs by 2014. Titled “Sao Paulo in the World,” the blueprint, unveiled in the presence of Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota, aims to promote the state’s sustainable development, develop international partnerships and raise the city’s international profile (AFP).

Consumer prices in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city, rose modestly in March from February as expected, as food costs reversed last month’s decline and offset a fall in personal expenditures (Reuters).

The Port of Rotterdam, Port of Amsterdam, Zeeland Seaports and Groningen Seaports jointly present themselves at the Intermodal exhibition in São Paulo, the largest event in the Americas for logistics, cargo, transport and international trade. The event will take place April 10-12 (Port of Rotterdam).

An unexpected treat right in the midst of Avenida Paulista, São Paulo’s famous and most impressive avenue, a lovely ‘house of roses’ is one of the last mansions standing from the time when the Avenida was all grand homes, rather than the soaring corporate skyscrapers of today (Time Out Sao Paulo).


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