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Sunday, May 29, 2011

FotoRio 2011

FotoRio began as a photographers movement and today has more than 200 involved. Together  they managed to create one of the biggest festivals in the world of photography in the footsteps of events like the Mois de la Photo in Paris, and PhotoEspaña in Madrid. Coordinated by the photographer and anthropologist Milton Guran, the biennial international festival is now in its fifth edition.
The festival has had a great impact and quickly became  an important milestone in the field of Brazilian photographic production. It offers a wide range of performances, exhibitions, talks, urban interventions, workshops, seminars in cultural centers and museums and also in commercial galleries spaces.

                                                                     Self-portrait of Tatiana Parcero from Mexico

The Centro Cultural Banco do Brazil marks the opening of FotoRio 2011 - International Photography of Rio de Janeiro, with the exhibition I unfold myself in many - the self-representation in contemporary photography on May 30 at 7pm.
The exhibition is the result of partnership between the FotoRio 2011 and MEP - Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, it is the result of mining work carried out by curators Joan Mazza and Milton Guran in various countries and different events over the past two years.
I unfold in many - the self-representation in contemporary photography features 69 physical works of 7 Brazilians artists and 14 foreigners, among the most important writers of the vanguard of photography in the field of contemporary art in the world. Complement the exhibition a selection of five short videos curated by Jean-Luc Monterosso, director of MEP, and also the installation "Stereoscopia" of Rio André Parente.
The exhibition is proposed as self-representation of artistic achievement. The picture is perhaps the most important aspect of photography, as it was to paintings for several centuries. It gave a face and individuality for the population that use the word "portrait" as synonymous of photography.

Self-portrait of Helenbar from Brazil

Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil – 66 Primeiro de Março st – Centro
May 31st to July 10th 2011
From Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 9pm

Cloudy and cold

Friday, May 27, 2011

Paul McCartney rocked Rio with two incredible concerts!!

Paul brought Rio de Janeiro to a standstill this week with two staggering concerts in the city, playing to 90,000 delighted fans. The concerts on Sunday (22) and Monday (23) night were Paul’s first in twenty-one years in the city.
Paul McCartney posted on Friday (27) on his Facebook page a video thanking his stay in Rio de Janeiro. The singer was in town for two shows with the tour "Up and Coming" 21 years after his last appearance in Rio.
With 1:14 minutes, the video begins with the message "Thank you Rio". Then shows the moment that Paul leaves the hotel Copacabana Palace toward the airport. Recorded from inside the car, you can see he thanking the hotel staff and waving to the legion of fans that awaited him. On the way he also took the opportunity to take some pictures from Rio.

Last Tuesday (24), Paul also published a text on his blog talking about the shows and the Brazilian public.
“Being in Rio was fantastic from the minute we landed. The crowds around the hotel were bananas! They were just crazy and then it built and built until we did the shows. I love Brazil. I love the fact that they love music, it is a very musical nation. I love music, they love music, so it's a natural connection. The fans were of all ages at the shows. There was a huge young fanbase, which I love, and then there was their parents and even their grandparents, so it is a great spread. The enthusiasm for my music was just mind blowing. So all of us in the band had a fantastic time and we thank the fans for making it all so exciting.
While doing 'Hey Jude' when I handed over to the audience to sing the 'na na na na's' suddenly the audience produced these signs. It was such a visual thing. It was very emotional because the fans had gone to all that trouble. They could have just come to the show and watched it but they all communicated before hand to make the special moment happen. They connected with each other, then connected with us and the entire crew. Everyone felt connected. It was very exciting and emotional to see that people care so much."

All we have to say is THANK YOU PAUL!!!!!

Rio 20°C/68°F
Rainy day and lots of cold, for us!

Friday, May 20, 2011

VI International Harp Festival in Rio

Rio de Janeiro is one of the cities that every year receive the world harp circuit. May of 2011, is the month where renowned harpists, from over 20 countries,  are playing in the spetaculars scenarios of the city. The first concert was at "Forte de Copacabana" with harp and instrumental music.
Consolidated at Rio's cultural agenda, the Rio Harp Festival reaches its sixth edition this year, promoting its usual trip around the sounds of the harp, one of the oldest and most beautiful musical instruments.
This year the big attraction is Claire Jones the Official Harpist to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. With 150 performances for Royalty including a performance at the Royal Wedding, for Prince William and Catherine Middleton. She will play here, at Pavão-Pavazinho favela next Sunday at 4pm the same concert performed at the Royal wedding.
Carol McLaughlin, Mario Falcao, the young harpists Benjamin Creighton an English, 13 years old, and the Brazilian Lucena,12 years old, are also this year's great stars.
All concerts are free and will be held at the most diverse and important venues in the city, such as Ilha Fiscal, Corcovado, Academia Brasileira de Letras , Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura , Arquivo Nacional and at subway stations. The VI Rio Harp Festival, with its outstanding autumn's concerts, is part of the project Music in the Museum. The Festival goes until may 31st.

Enjoy and have fun!!!

Here are this weekend schedule:

Saturday May 21st, 11:30 am
Museu Parque das Ruínas
Musician: Gabriela Russo, harpa – Argentina
Program: Julián Aguirre, Angel Lasala, Juis Gianneo, Carlos Gardel, Astor

Sunday May 22nd, 11:30 am
Museu de Arte Moderna
Musician: Gabriela Russo, harpa – Argentina
Program: Julián Aguirre, Angel Lasala, Juis Gianneo, Carlos Gardel, Astor

Sunday May 22nd, 4 pm
Museu de Favela Pavão-Pavãozinho
Musician: Claire Jones, harpa  Galesa
Program: Patrick Hawes, John Parry, Mayaani, Tchaikovsky.


The Greatest Embrace of the World

The Affection of Truth campaign that was launched in october 2010, which was also known as "The Greatest Embrace of the World," just won a Silver Medal on the New York Festivals of International Advertising in categories Video Projections and place based media. The forecasts produced by Visualfarm created the optical illusion of movement of the statue of Christ the Redeemer, using high-power projectors synchronized with animations and 3D software, a technique known as projection maps or mapping.

The initiative was promoted by the National Council of SESI sexual violence against children and adolescents in Brazil, and was created by agency Monumenta to draw the attention of our society to the problem of sexual exploitation of children and adolescents and had direction of images of Fernando  Salis .



The International Festival of New York, has voters in more than 65 countries and seeks to reward the best in the world in terms of content for TV, film, entertainment, advertising and promotional campaigns, among others, considered one of the most respected competitions in the area.
Congrats to Fernando Salis and his crew!!

Rio 22°C/72°F
Waiting for a sunny weekend!!!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

McFly in Brazil

After two years without performing in Brazilian lands, McFly is finally back. The British band will show on five different dates the new tour, that has the name of their newest album: Above The Noise. "We'll do the best show possible," added Danny Jones, one of the vocalists of the group.
To the delight of fans, the set list of the shows will not be composed only of songs from the new CD. Successes of the other albums will also be remembered. "We will mix with the old songs and new," says Danny. But those who think they will hear the exact same thing as before are wrong. "We're a pop band that is on the road for seven years. In this new album we decided to change a few little things, we are working with new people and that was a success. No matter what you do, I believe it is always good if you reinvent ".

According to the singer, what led them to include Brazil, once again, in the route of his presentations is mainly that they feel the passion that fans have for the band. "Tickets were sold out the last time, fans had camped outside the shows in Sao Paulo. I believe we are on our way to become big in Brazil. The Brazilian fans are absolutely unbelievable. They are passionate. The last time we were there, we had a very good reaction from the fans. It's great to go to that part of the world and be greeted with such a good reaction” he adds.

But in other parts of the world the fans would not react the same way as the Brazilians? "There is a small difference. The Brazilians are not shy about being in love. We see the hysteria, the craziness of the fans. The UK fans are more restrained. We played here for seven years, so I guess they've become accustomed to it" he explains.
As recalled by the singer in the band's final passage by São Paulo in 2009, fans spent days waiting to see them on stage. Now, did you ever did that to any artist you like? "I've done it," says Danny. "It was at the concert of Bruce Springsteen. I slept two days in line."

Here is the schedule of the show. Have fun!!!

Belo Horizonte - May 20 (Friday)
Where: Chevrolet Hall
Address: Avenida Nossa Senhora do Carmo, 230 - Savassi
Time: 21h
Points of sales : Chevrolet Hall Box Office
Buying over the internet:
Rates: from $ 120 to $ 180 

Rio de Janeiro - May 21 (Saturday)
Location: HSBC Arena
Address: Avenida Ambassador Abelardo Bueno, 3401 - Barra da Tijuca
Time: 21h
Sales Points: Livepass
Internet shopping:
Rates: From $ 200 to $ 300 

São Paulo - 23 and May 24 (Monday and Tuesday)
Where: HSBC Brazil
Address: R. Bragança Paulista, 1281 - Finca San Antonio
Time: 21h
Sales Points: box office of HSBC Brazil
Internet shopping:
Rates: from $ 160 to $ 300 

Porto Alegre - May 26 (Thursday)
Where: Teatro Bourbon Country
Address: Avenida Tulio de Rose, n º 80 - 301 A SUC
Time: 21h
Sales Points: My Tickets - Street Andradas, 1342 - Sala 46 - Centro
Internet shopping:
Rates: from $ 145 to $ 170

Rio 22ºC/72°F
Tomorrow lots of sun!!


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Rio de Janeiro on the top five destinations

TripAdvisor released their 2011 Travelers' Choice World Destinations. These awards reflect the top travel destinations worldwide as chosen by TripAdvisor users. The awards are based on criteria that include travelers' favorite places and overall destination popularity. Rio de Janeiro was considered one of the top five trip destinations in the world,  behind only from Cape Town, Sidney, Machu Pichu and Paris.

This award is great to show that Rio de Janeiro is not a stereotype city of naked women, carnaval, samba and crime. Unfortunately people think Rio is a very dangerous city! Of course we have problems, just like any other big city in the world, some a little bit more, some less than us. Rio has so much to offer!!!
Rio de Janeiro is all charm and beauty. Few cities in the world have such beautiful scenery. Situated between the mountains and the sea , the "Wonderful City" welcomes visitors with open arms. Copacabana, one of Brazil's most famous beaches, is the scene of one of the greatest New Year's celebration in the world. Ipanema and Leblon are permanent attraction during the day with lots of charming stores, and it also receive many habitués at night with excellent restaurants and nigh clubs. Barra da Tijuca, Prainha and Grumari are all great for surfing, windsurfing and body boarding.

Much of Rio de Janeiro's charm emanates from the hospitality of its people. The city is made up of a diverse mix of race, creed and culture blended into the most cosmopolitan experience that any incentive destination could provide.The people in Rio are always having fun and their personalities make the city an even more wonderful place than it already is.

Visiting Rio de Janeiro is a real treat for the adventurous tourist looking to experience a friendly and interesting culture.  Whether visiting the city during the popular celebrations, or just visiting at any of the other pleasant times of the year, a Rio de Janeiro vacation has the opportunity to be one of the most unforgettable vacations a traveler every takes.  The city offers a number of incredible experiences including everything from wonderful food, fantastic accommodations, beautiful beaches and scenery, interesting historical sites, museums and much more.

Whenever you visit Rio de Janeiro make sure you spend more than just few days. This city has much more to offer than just the traditional sightseeing spots. Enjoy the cultural spectacles of this stunning city and experience Rio de Janeiro just like the locals do. We have a solid public transportation network of buses and subway, and many neighborhoods are very walkable. Carry a map and take taxis if you're unfamiliar with the area or traveling around at night.

Rio de Janeiro is without a doubt one of the most popularly visited spots worldwide. If you think about it, it really has it all, the mountains, beaches, arts, museums, sophisticated and bargain shopping facilities of all kinds, historical sites, and the list goes on forever. And all this you will just discover being in Rio de Janeiro, so, don't delay, travel to Brazil! Rio is 100% your place and I promise you will not be disappointed!
And don't forget that I can guide you trhough the stylish stores!!

If you have ever been to Rio, I would love to know your opinion, please leave a comment!

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Rio 23°C/73°F

Monday, May 2, 2011

Missoni loves Havaianas

After launching the Wellies the Bazilian brand Havaianas, one of the most popular names in summer sandals, closed a deal with the Italian house Missoni to design a limited edition for the 2011 summer collection. Missoni is a leader in fashion knitwear and it is known for using bold and graphic patterns. Havaianas couldn’t have chosen a better brand to design their ‘couture’ collection.The new styles bring Missoni’s signature tribal pattern in a multi coloured print with black as the background with orange and blue ocean in different designs on three types of flip flops, women’s and unisex slim regular, and the fabric of traditional espadrilles.

Angela Missoni, creative director of the House Missoni, said in a release that she have always had a real passion for Brazil, a country that has so many things in common with Italy, she also said “I love the Brazilian’s joyful colourful lifestyle, which I find so seductive, inspirational, and symbolic of the imagery and taste of Mission. It’s no coincidence that Missoni is one of Brazil’s best and loved Italian brands!”
Each pair of Missoni loves Havaianas is sold in a bag-shoes, made in Italy by Missoni fabric and decorated with patterns in the colours of the Italian and Brazilian flags. The white, red and green of the Italian flag merge and intersect with the green and yellow of the Brazilian in the pattern chosen for the packaging.

The prices of flip-flops and espadrilles range from 50 to 130 Euro and the entire collection is available in boutiques Missoni, from Luisa Via Roma in Florence and on the sites and
Another must-have for next summer, don’t you think?

The new collection was launched in Brazil on April 25th. I really want one!!!

Rio 25°C/77°F