The Spectacle of the Bate-bola, Rio’s Alternative Carnival

Far from the Sambadrome and Rio’s beaches, there is a parallel Carnival universe called bate-bola or ‘ball-hitters’.  This festival is known for garish costumes, raw energy, and a funky mix of music and art; but it is widely isolated from society and ignored by Brazilian media.  Read on for more about Brazil’s ‘secret, seductive Carnival’ which is rooted in Portuguese traditions:

IN PRAISE OF BATE-BOLA, RIO’S SEDUCTIVE, SCARY ALTERNATIVE CARNIVAL

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Five Ways to Celebrate ‘Réveillon’ (New Year’s Eve) in Rio

From fireworks to live concerts, today’s featured post gives you five different ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve, or ‘Réveillon’, in Rio.  Party for twelve hours surrounded by pieces of modern art.  Or settle in for an evening of disco and fireworks in a resort atmosphere.  No matter your budget or celebration style, there’s a great option for you to bring in the New Year!

FIVE GREAT PLACES TO CELEBRATE NEW YEARS EVE IN RIO DE JANEIRO

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Women of the World Festival This Weekend

Rio’s Porte Maravilha will host the Women of the World Festival this weekend through Sunday, offering 150 free activities that are open to the public.  Attendees can expect to celebrate ‘the diversity of the feminine experience’ alongside national and international guests from areas such as business, the arts, and activism:

WOMEN OF THE WORLD FESTIVAL DEBUTS IN BRAZIL AT RIO’S PORTE MARAVILHA

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