‘Ex Africa’ Opens at Rio’s Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB)

From this Saturday, January 20th through March 26th, the largest exhibition of contemporary African art is coming to Rio’s Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil (CCBB).  Called “Ex Africa” the exhibit delves into the dilemmas and challenges of Africa today.  The exhibit will introduce dozens of artists from around the world, including two Afro-Brazilian artists:

CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN ART EXHIBIT OPENS AT CCB RIO

Stunning Nature, Water Sports and a Tranquil Pace

Less than a two-hour trip from Rio, the city of Araruama (and its namesake lagoon) is a great final destination for those seeking both tranquility and the thrill of sports–both in and out of the water.  Read on for more of what this “stunning corner” of the Região dos Lagos (the Lakes’ Region) in the North Coast of Rio’s State has to offer!

ARARUMA: A SUMMER REFUGE IN RIO’S LAKE REGION

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Think ‘Tina Turner Meets Celia Cruz’

This Friday, January 19th marks the opening of the first edition of the SambaRap Festival.  Celebrating the women of the genre, singer Elza Soares (who Time Out Magazine describes as “an explosive mixture of Tina Turner with Celia Cruz”) and rapper Karol Conká are slated to perform on opening day.  Read on for the deets!

RIO’S CIRCO VOADOR HOSTS SAMBARAP FESTIVAL THIS WEEKEND

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The Nine Year Old Boy that Shook Brazil

A photo taken during Rio’s traditional New Year’s fireworks show has not only gone viral, but sparked a series of conversations about inequality, race, and class.  Click to view this photo of a nine-year old boy in awe of fireworks in the sky and the deeper meaning it may have for the image of black and mixed-race people in Brazil:

THE NEW YEAR’S EVE PHOTO THAT SHOOK BRAZIL

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Paying Tribute to the Afro-Brazilian Sea Goddess

A New Year’s tradition perhaps less well-known is that of the Candomble and Umbanda faiths.  Last week, hundreds of believers gathered at Rio’s Copacabana beach to honor the sea goddess Yemanja by launching heartfelt offerings into the sea.  Read on for more of this beautiful tradition:

AFRO-BRAZILIAN SEA GODDESS HONORED IN RIO DE JANEIRO

Photo Credit: Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash