The Pipoca Festival Heads to Rio’s Morro da Urca on Saturday

This Saturday, September 29th from 6pm to 4am, Rio’s Morro da Urca (Urca Hill) will be the backdrop for the Pipoca Festival (Popcorn Festival).  Promoting sustainability and responsibility, the event will offer a selection of music, art, and food trucks (with vegan and vegetarian options):

PIPOCA FESTIVAL ARRIVES AT RIO’S MORRO DA URCA THIS SATURDAY

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ArtRio is in Full Effect Through Sunday

The eighth edition of ArtRio is currently underway, and will feature food trucks and stunning views in addition to specially selected art works from new and established artists from around the world.  Read on for details of the various art exhibitions, sectors and curatorial programs you can expect:

ARTRIO INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR RETURNS TO MARINA DA GLÓRIA ON WEDNESDAY

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ArtRio’s CIGA Festival Open Monday and Tuesday

September 24th and 25th, the ‘Circuito Integrado de Galerias de Arte’ (Integrated Circuit of Art Galleries) or CIGA will be open, with the goal of bringing visual arts and people together. Rio’s art galleries–large and small–as well as well-known museums and cultural centers will open their doors, offering special and previously unpublished exhibitions:

ARTRIO’S CIGA FESTIVAL OPENS DOORS MONDAY AND TUESDAY

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Exploring Rio’s Culturally Rich City Center

Today’s featured post is a guide to exploring Rio’s city center, best done, we learn, during business day mornings rather than on weekends, in evenings, or on public holidays.  Read on for suggestions on where to enjoy breakfast, sites to see, and (of course) the best places to grab lunch:

HOW TO SPEND A MORNING EXPLORING RIO’S CITY CENTER

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Exploring Rio’s ‘Café da Manhã’

Did you know that the Portuguese word for ‘breakfast,’ ‘café da manhã’ literally means ‘morning coffee’?  Or that Brazil is the number one producer of coffee in the world?  It’s no surprise then that you would find some of the best coffee the world has to offer in Rio’s Zona Sul (South Zone) and Centro (city center).  Read on for some suggestions for where to find the best cup.

FINDING THE BEST CUP OF COFFEE IN RIO DE JANEIRO’S ZONA SUL AND CENTRO

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Enjoy a Tour Around Rio’s Theatro Municipal

If you love exploring culture, you’re in for a treat this Saturday, September 21st: the American Society of Rio de Janeiro are offering a guided tour in English of Rio’s ‘Theatro Municipal’ (Municipal Theater).  The society will meet at O Navegador at 2pm–everyone in attendance will receive a free caipirinha.  And the tours begins at 4pm.  Read on for more about the famous Theatro Municipal and the amazing history of the American Society of Rio de Janeiro:

RIO’S AMERICAN SOCIETY OFFER GUIDED TOUR AROUND THE MUNICIPAL THEATER

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Lifestyle Shop, Oficina Itsu, Scores its First Digs in Rio Mall

Today’s featured post offers up a love story–between the creative spirit of an up-and-coming company and the architectural flair of a local studio.  Design studio Oficina Itsu partnered with São Paulo-based studio, Terra e Tuma, to design Itsu’s first retail space in Rio’s Barra Shopping.  The photos of the resulting design ooze pure genius:

AT BRAZILIAN MALL, A LIFESTYLE SHOP LETS THE BREEZE BLOCK BE

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Exchange Rate Between Brazilian Real and U.S. Dollar Highest Since 1994

This week the foreign exchange rate between the Brazilian Real and the U.S. dollar rose to the highest level since 1994, closing at R$4.16/US$1.  In the past month, the dollar has appreciated 3.03 percent due to the upcoming Brazilian presidential elections and international factors.  However the Brazilian Finance Minister says the government will not take action to halt the real’s depreciation:

BRAZILIAN REAL REACHES LOWEST LEVEL AGAINST US DOLLAR SINCE 1994

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