Arquivo - Tag: Culture

Rio and graffiti artists – friends or foes?

After years of an uneasy relationship between Rio’s government and technically illegal street art, a new decree passed by Mayor Eduardo Paes has divided the city’s much-celebrated community of graffiti artists. Above, artist PXE approaches a wall in Arpoador.¬† By Nathan Walters On a purely aesthetic level,¬†pixa√ß√£o‚ÄĒthe spiky black glyphs that pop up at dangerously(…)

Carnaval spreads across the land

Carnaval, long concentrated in traditional party centers like Rio, Salvador, and Recife, is taking roots in new cities all over the country. James Young reports from landlocked BH, Brazil’s unglamorous third-largest city, which is learning to put on its own celebrations. By James Young Brazil‚Äôs carnaval¬†capitals are well established. There‚Äôs frevo music¬†on the steep cobbled(…)

Brazil’s Gay Kiss

By Dom Phillips Last month, Brazilian television network Globo showed something shocking it had never shown on a prime time soap opera before: a kiss between two men. The kiss, between F√©lix (Mateus Solano) and Niko (Thiago Fragoso), had been anticipated and was shown in the final episode of the novela Amor √† Vida (Love(…)

Reclaim the streets

In S√£o Paulo, taking to the streets involves far more than protests, riots and demonstrations. It‚Äôs also about taking back space from the concrete jungle for parties, festivals, public parks and shopping-mall meetups ‚Äď ‚Äėrolezinhos.‚Äô The poster in the photo above by Claire Rigby reads “More love, please.”¬† By Claire Rigby 2013 may be remembered(…)

Reading between the lines: Brazil at the Frankfurt Book Fair

From sensuality, samba and football to racism, violence and marginalization,¬†Brazil’s struggles around its self image move onto the world stage, as¬†a select group of Brazilian authors takes on the themes dominating Brazil’s crucial international image. By Claire Rigby With¬†the¬†2014¬†World Cup just around the corner, practical preparations for¬†welcoming¬†the¬†expected hordes of visitors¬†to Brazil¬†are¬†now¬†kicking off in earnest, with(…)

Gaía Passarelli: new music Brazil

What’s going on in Brazilian music? Journalist and former MTV Brasil presenter¬†Ga√≠a Passarelli introduces a few bands from the contemporary scene, who draw on 70s-inspired soul, Brazilian folk/country, and stoner rock. by¬†Ga√≠a¬†Passarelli Of course, I’m very happy to report that there is good new music in Brazil. But it may be that this is always(…)