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  • This is Brazil's national tree, and it's in bloom

    This is Brazil’s national tree, and it’s in bloom

    The golden trumpet tree (Tabebuia chrysotricha) is considered the national tree of Brazil. Known in Portuguese as ipê amarelo, this evergreen tree is rich in nectar and blooms in the Brazilian spring. Here are some beautiful specimens in full bloom in the streets of the national capital this week. Photos by Marcelo Camargo/ABr

  • Debret exhibit captures the vibrancy - and inequality - of colonial Rio

    Debret exhibit captures the vibrancy – and inequality – of colonial Rio

    This year marks the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the French Artistic Mission to Brazil, whose mission was to launch an arts academy in Rio de Janeiro and introduce European Neoclassicism to the city, which had recently become the capital of the short-lived United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves. Ultimately, the Mission’s most […]

  • Oscar Niemeyer's Pampulha added to UNESCO World Heritage List

    Oscar Niemeyer’s Pampulha added to UNESCO World Heritage List

    The Pampulha Modern Ensemble, a modernist architectural complex designed by Oscar Niemeyer, is the 20th Brazilian site to be added to the United Nations cultural agency’s World Heritage list. The site was inscribed on the list Sunday (July 17) in Istanbul, Turkey, by consensus decision of the 21 member countries in the World Heritage Committee of […]

  • Brazil's gorgeous Olympic posters on display in Rio

    Brazil’s 13 gorgeous Olympic posters on display in Rio

    There’s plenty of room for disagreement about whether the upcoming Rio Olympics will be a boon or bust; in fact, 50 percent of Brazilians responding to a new poll out today said they thought it was a bad idea to be hosting the megaevent. But the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee broke with tradition to provide […]

  • Photo exhibit by Rio homeless documents Olympics impact

    There are plenty of foreign journalists reporting on how the 2016 Summer Olympics is negatively impacting some of Rio de Janeiro’s impoverished citizens, sometimes offering up with little more than predictable hand-wringing. But a new photo exhibit dubbed A New Look at the Olympics is providing a fresh perspective on the topic through the eyes […]

  • FLIP 2016 pays tribute to poet Ana C.

    FLIP 2016 pays tribute to poet Ana C.

    The 2016 Paraty International Literary Festival (FLIP) kicked off yesterday (Jun. 29) on a smaller budget, but with a record number of participating female authors. The event runs until Sunday (Jul. 3). FLIP 2016 pays tribute to Ana Cristina Cesar, or Ana C., as she better known. Ana C. was part of the Poesia Marginal […]