When the official Carnival dates are? Why do the Carnival dates change every year? Why it seems complicated to find out when the Carnival will fall? Well, it is a long history. We will abbreviate it, though. This party has its origins in ancient Greece and Rome celebrations. Later, it was incorporated into the Catholic liturgical calendar and allowed until the Ash Wednesday. By the Catholic Calendar, Carnival is always celebrated seven Sundays before the Sunday of Easter. As this varies from March 22nd to April 25th, the Carnival dates also move. Read more →
RIP – JORGE SELARÓN (Chile, 1947 — Rio de Janeiro, 10th January 2013)
Tragic day for Rio as Selarón was found dead in the famous steps of Lapa, on January 10, 2013. His body was found burned.
Jorge Selarón was born in Chile in 1947. He traveled, lived and worked as a painter and sculptor in over 50 countries around the world before arriving and deciding to settle in Rio de Janeiro in 1983. He began renovating the steps on a whim in 1990.
Many times, his phone was cut off and he was threatened to be evicted from his house due to being unable to afford the living costs. He sold many paintings and accepted donations from locals and travelers to continue his work. Since 1977, Selarón claimed to have sold over 25,000 portraits, all featuring the same pregnant woman which mostly funded his work. It was a labor of love for the artist who resided in the same house by the steps he lived in when he started the work. Read more →
Gilberto Gil joins the movement against the construction of Belo Monte A movement against the construction of the dam is organized to take place parallel to the Rio +20, in Altamira, Pará, one of the regions that will be affected by the hydroelectric plant. Called “Xingu” +23″ the action won Gilberto Gil’s commitment, who offered the the song “O sonho” (The dream) composed in 1977 and recorded in the “Parabilcamará” CD in 1992.
The event will take place between 13 and 17 June and should gather about 500 people. The goal is to strengthen the struggle of affected against the hydroelectric plant and by respect for their social rights, economic, cultural and territorial. The activities include cultural festivities, debates, seminars and protests.
Check out the video with the music of Gil in favor of the motion.