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  • 8 photos of unique Brazilian crafts @ Rio's Solidarity Economy Festival

    8 photos of unique Brazilian crafts @ Rio’s Solidarity Economy Festival

    Artisans from across the Rio de Janeiro metropolitan area came together at the 5th Solidarity Economy Festival on Friday, Aug. 21. The event, part of the yearlong commemoration of the city’s 450th birthday, drew over 200 solidarity economy projects to the Cinelândia neighborhood in downtown Rio. Asides from providing a venue for sale of artisanal […]

  • ‘Magic in the forest’: The Parintins Folklore Festival

    Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from Joseph Brazer’s A Different Shade of Travel ( Home and Abroad): One Man’s Look At The World And America Through Travel With the help of a friend for whom I do not have enough compliments, I had the opportunity to live and work in Los Angeles, California. While […]

  • 16 photos of Amazon mythology @ 2015 Parintins Festival

    16 photos of Amazon mythology at the 2015 Parintins Festival

    Parintins, a city of about 110,000 located on a river island in the Amazon rainforest, is far from being a household name even among Brazilians, but it is the home of what may be the biggest annual celebration of national folklore. Although it’s not billed as such, the Parintins Folklore Festival (Festival Folclórico de Parintins) […]

  • 18 sleeveface photos showing love for Brazilian vinyl

    18 sleeveface photos showing love for Brazilian vinyl

    Sleeveface, the act of taking a stylized photo using a record sleeve to cover up one’s face or other body parts, is an old Internet phenomenon, but a newly launched sleeveface project quickly turned into a minor Brazilian Web sensation with thousands of followers. The project is called Brasil Mostra Tua Capa (“Brazil, Show Your [record] Sleeve”) — an inspired […]

  • The City of Open Ports exhibit takes you back to 1908 Rio

    The City of Open Ports exhibit takes you back to 1908 Rio

    Brazil’s National Archive is observing Rio de Janeiro’s 450th birthday celebration with the return of Rio 1908: A Cidade de Portos Abertos (The city of Open Ports), an exhibit originally mounted in 2007 to celebrate the bicentennial of the transfer of the Portuguese Court to Brazil. The exhibit includes 114 illustrations — drawings and plans from […]

  • Rio turns 450, gets 1,400-ft. cake

    Rio turns 450, gets 1,400-foot cake

    Four hundred and fifty years to the day after Portuguese colonist Estácio de Sá landed on what is now Rio de Janeiro, a descendant of the city’s founder participated in a reenactment of the historical event in the Urca neighborhood. The early morning reenactment, which took place just hours after a megashow kicked off the […]

  • 18 photos of Rio's 450th anniversary concert

    18 photos of Rio’s 450th anniversary concert

    The celebration in Rio de Janeiro started out on Saturday, the day before the actual 450th anniversary of the city’s founding. Over 40,000 people crowded Quinta da Boa Vista park for a megashow with more than 20 artists, including some of the greatest names in samba (Martinho da Vila, Paulinho da Viola, Zeca Pagodinho, Arlindo […]

  • Rio de Janeiro turns 450: The history

    Rio de Janeiro turns 450: The history

    Four hundred and fifty years ago, Portuguese colonist Estácio de Sá landed on a beach between Cara de Cão hill and Sugar Loaf mountain, in what is now the Urca neighborhood. That’s where the city of São Sebastião do Rio de Janeiro (Saint Sebastian of Rio de Janeiro) was founded on March 1, 1565; its […]

  • 18 photos of Rio's junior samba schools

    18 photos of Rio’s junior samba schools

    Carnival in Rio de Janeiro came to a close on Tuesday as the city’s 16 junior samba schools got their chance to shine on the Sambadrome — a tradition dating back to 1984. Each of the schools had about 400 members and 30 minutes to parade. Most of the junior schools are affiliated with one of the top […]

  • Beija-Flor celebrates 2015 samba school title

    Beija-Flor celebrates 2015 samba school title (9 photos)

    Sure, naysayers are hating on the parade having been financed by a dictator, but the Beija-Flor faithful couldn’t care less. Thousands of fans came together at the samba school’s headquarters in the Rio de Janeiro suburb of Nilópolis on Wednesday night to celebrate its 14th victory at the Sambadrome. Photos by Tânia Rêgo/ABr

  • Trip Advisor names Brazilian beach best in the world

    TripAdvisor names Brazilian beach best in the world

    TripAdvisor released its 2015 ranking of the World’s Best Beaches, and Brazil’s Baía do Sancho (Sancho Bay) was No. 1 for the second consecutive year. The ranking was “determined based on the quantity and quality of traveler reviews and ratings for beaches on TripAdvisor gathered over a 12-month period,” according to the travel site. You […]