01.27 - PicNik Calçadão Asa Sul

 

One of the most traditional events in Brasília is returning to one of its most charming venues. The first edition of the Picnik is back at Calçadão da Asa Sul promising a smaller, more intimate environment that the latest editions.

 

This more intimate edition will not make Picknic less exciting. The reduction in the number of exhibitors will provide an even greater and more relaxed proximity with the audience.

 

The event is for free. For it to happen, it is necessary to get the invitation on the website Sympla.

 

Venue: Calçadão da Asa Sul
Where: Parque Deck Sul, Asa Sul
When:
Saturday, January 27, at 3 pm
Price:
Free admission (tickets must be taken on the website Sympla). With no ticket – R$ 10,00
Rating:
Free

CARNIVAL IN BRAZIL (CARNAVAL NO BRASIL)

 

The Brazilian Carnival (spelled Carnaval in Portuguese) is an annual celebration held forty days before Easter in Brazil. In Brasília and in many cities of Brazil the BLocos (carnival street bands) are starting to promote fun around the neighbourhoods.



This popular party has some differences from its counterparts in Europe, as well there being variations across the large Brazilian territory. In the late 19th Century, the cordões (literally laces in Portuguese) were introduced in Rio de Janeiro, which consisted of groups of people who would walk on the streets playing music and dancing. The cordões were ancestors of the modern samba schools.


The blocos (street samba groups), another name for the cordões, are some of the current representations of the popular Brazilian Carnival. They are formed by people who dress in costumes according to certain themes, or to celebrate the carnival in specific ways. The Escolas de Samba (schools of samba) are truly organizations that work all year in order to prepare themselves for the samba schools parade.


The best-known Brazilian Carnival celebration takes place in Rio de Janeiro, with its samba schools, blocos and bandas occupying entire neighborhoods.

 

In Salvador and other cities of the Northeastern Region, there is another form of the Brazilian Carnival: the Trio Elétrico (name for a truck equipped with a high power sound system and a music group in top of it playing for a lot of people) is used in Brazilian Carnival inside the blocos carnavalescos and other many festivals in Brazil, as the micaretas (carnival out of season, introduced in the state of Bahia), where musicians play songs of local genres such as Axé music (a style of popular music which originated in Salvador, Bahia). The word comes from a ritual greeting that means good vibration and is used in the Candomblé and Umbanda religions and Maracatu (Afro-Brazilian performance genre, coming from the city of Recife, state of Pernambuco)



During the Carnival, in many cities a fat man is elected to represent the role of Rei Momo, the "king of Carnival”, whose rule is one of fun instead of that of everyday authorities. The tradition of the king probably originates with the tradition of the king and queen of maracatu which in turn has its origins in the days of slavery in the northeast where some slaves who were leaders were given greater responsibility.

 

 

CARNIVAL IN RIO DE JANEIRO

 

Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is one of the biggest and most famous parties in the world. The main attraction in Rio has traditionally been the parade of the samba schools in the custom built Sambódromo.

The big parade is not a chaotic sequence of scarcely clad mulatas as the TV-coverage abroad might suggest, but a highly formalized and extremely well prepared event. Each year 14 samba schools fight for the title of best parade. Every aspect is judged: from costumes to drumming.



The schools choose a theme (enredo) for that year’s parade. This theme is used in the text of the samba; in the costumes and in the floats. The themes vary hugely. In 2005 the winner Beija-Flor represented the Jesuit presence in Brazil. The parade starts with a Comissão de frente (first block of a school of samba). In the last years they have evolved into choreographed dance spectacles with many themes as swans dance or Roman soldiers, for example. They are followed by groups of people dressed in the same costume (this is called an ala) and up to eight floats. The drum section and singers usually end the parade. All together a school parades have thousands of people.

 

This means that each night over 30.000 people are parading, watched by a crowd of 60.000 people. Both groups mix on their way to the Sambódromo. In the Metro you already see a fair sample of the costumes on display that night. The samba is rehearsed one last time, to make sure everybody can sing along.

 

If a school delivers a great parade, all the elements mentioned above blend together in a sea of color, movement, music and dance. And the public feels part of the parade as well, like you can feel part of a great rock concert. After 80 minutes the show is over, and there is no possibility of an encore. You just have to wait for the next school and hope that it is just as good. The 14 best schools (Grupo Especial) in Rio de Janeiro parade on Sunday and Monday of the Carnaval. With seven schools a night and 80 minutes per school, the program lasts until the following morning.

 

The six best schools parade again on the following Saturday in the Champion’s parade.

 

 

CARNIVAL IN BRASILIA

 

Brasília is a city that welcomes people all over the country. Because of that, the Carnival in the capital is influenced by the parties that take place everywhere in Brazil. The Schools of Samba Parades (Escolas de Samba) and the Blocos (Street Parties) are the most common Carnival events in the city.

 

One of the best-known Street Band in Brasília is Pacotão, that jokes around with politicians and their most recent scandals. Other famous blocos in the city are Raparigueiros, Galinho da Madrugada, Babydoll de Nylon and the Baratinha, a carnival party for the kids that happens at the City Park on the Sunday and the Tuesday of carnival.



The Carnival in Brasília is democratic; it is open to all rhythms and cultural manifestations. In the parades, the crowd is rocked by the loud and contagious Frevo (from the Brazilian state of Pernambuco), Axé Music (from Bahia), Samba (from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo) and even line ups of DJs.

 

Brasilia’s Schools of Samba are traditional in the Carnival season. Unfortunately, this year there will be no Schools of Samba Parade in the city, due to short budget of the Distrito Federal’s government. But the blocos (Street samba bands) are a great promise for the carnival this year.


 

 

 

01.30 - Film Festival "Sonora: Ennio Morricone"

 

At 86 years old, movie music master Ennio Morricone has been composing for films and television for half a century. He has written the scores for more than 500 movies and TV series, as well as works for the concert hall. 

 

The film festival “Sonora: Ennio Morricone”is a well-deserved tribute to the master that is part of film history with memorable songs. Rafael Bezzera is the curator of the festival that presents a retrospective of Morricone’s work from 1960s to the present day.

 

Movies by Terrence Malick, Quentin Tarantino, Brian De Palma, Pedro Almodovar, Bernardo Bertolucci and Sergio Leone are in the program. The film festival also includes debate and inclusive session with audio description and sign language.

 

See the full program HERE.



Venue:
CCBB
Where:
Setor de Clubes Esportivos Sul, Trecho 02 – Asa Sul
When: January 30 to February 25.
Price: R$ 10,00 and R$ 5,00 (half-price for students and senior citizens)
Rating:
12
Information: (61) 3108-760

01.25 - O Anjo Exterminador - International Fantastic Film Festival of Brasilia

 

The first edition of “O Anjo Exterminador - International Fantastic Film Festival of Brasilia” will be presented at CCBB this January.


A total of 30 productions are on the program. Feature films and short films from Brazil and other 14 countries – Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, France, Spain, United States, Mexico, Portugal, Czech Republic, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, as a co-production between Mali, Burkina Faso, Germany, France and Japan – are scheduled to deliver fun moments to the audience.


All the movies selected  bring out intriguing and fascinating subjects, such as surrealism, supernatural, futurism and dystopia. All sessions are free admission.


See the full program HERE

 

Venue: CCBB
Where:
Setor de Clubes Esportivos Sul, Trecho 02 – Asa Sul
When:
January 25 to January 28.
Price:
Free Admission
Information:
(61) 3108-7600

01.18 - Musical project Musicar

 

After the successful premiere in 2017, the Project “Musicar” comes to its second edition in a much bigger way. Wilson Moreira, Quartabate and Marafreboi Orchestra are some of the attractions.

From January 18 to January 28, “Musicar” will occupy the CCBB with 20 concerts and 50 other activities, which includes experiences and music workshops led by invited artists.


The program also includes chats and panels, film sessions, and two sound installations made for children to explore and relate to the musical universe

 

See the full program HERE

 


Venue:
 CCBB
Where: SCES – Setor de Clubes Esportivos Sul, Trecho 2, Asa Sul
When: January 18 to January 28
Price: R$  20,00 and R$ 10,00 (half-price for students and senior citizens)
Rating: Free

Summer Drinks Festival at Funarte


Buraco do Jazz is aready an established and popular event in Brasília. Every Thursday, hundreds of people get together to enjoy the best of jazz in live presentatons.


Starting on January 11, Brasília can also enjoy the best drinks alongside the great music in the "Summer Drinks Festival". The event brings together bands of pure and ordinary jazz, a distillery, a cocktail bar, a night picnic and a food court.


"Summer Drinks Festival" features three bartenders to make 25 drinks with prices from R $ 10.00 to R $ 20.00. 12 drinks will be choosen out of these 25 to enter the Buraco do Jazz drinks menu for good.

 

Venue: Funarte
Where: Eixo Monumental Avenue, Setor de Divulgação Cultural, next to TV Tower
When: Thursday, January 11, 18 and 25, from 6 pm to Midnight
Price: Free Admission
Rating: Free

Lego Festival in Brasília


Conjunto Nacional Shopping Mall has set up a great option for kids this January. From January 10 to 31, the mall presents the "LEGO Festival", which will combine creativity, imagination, learning and fun for the whole family.


The event will occupy an area of ​​160m² in the Central Square. Children may choose more than one activity for 30 minutes and children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a person over 18 years of age.


The LEGO Festival was developed under the motto "Inspiring the Builders of Tomorrow" and features five attractions especially designed for fans of the brand: Star Wars, LEGO City - Car Race, LEGO Friends, LEGO Double and LEGO Challenge - Test Area.
One of the spaces was designed especially for children under 3 years old, with pieces of LEGO® DUPLO® .

 

Venue: Conjunto Nacional
Where: SDN - Conjunto A, Asa Norte
When: January 10 to January 31. Monday to Saturday, from Noon to 8 pm; Sunday, from 2 pm to 8 pm
Price: Free Admission. Kids must be registered in the venue.
Rating: Free

Parque Diversom: Sound Sculptures


The Teatro Udi Grudi Circus occupies the lawn of CCBB Brasilia, transforming it into a large laboratory.

The theater group from Brasília presents its sound sculptures and musical instruments, made with alternative and recycled materials, that allow the public to see, feel, understand and have fun with sound and music.


In the exhibition, visitors are invited to interact in a multimedia space that provides the experience of a series of sensorial and playful experiences, expanding their knowledge about the Sound and their ability to appreciate Music.


Venue: CCBB
Where: SCES – Setor de Clubes Esportivos Sul, Trecho 2, Asa Sul
When: December 1 to March 31, from 9 am to 9 pm
Price: Free Admission
Rating: Free

Ice Skating Megarink in the Parque da Cidade (City Park)


One of the most beloved Christmas traditions has arrived in Brasília. FLAP Live Marketing will contribute to this tradition by setting up an Ice Skating Megarink in the Parque da Cidade (City Park) from December 7 to January 28.


A mega functional and safe structure will be set up, with special attention to details such as the mandatory use of safety equipment and the use of disposables. The complex with 1,600sqm of covered area, will offer fun for the whole family. The ice skating Megarink is 600 m² in size and can hold up to 150 people simultaneously.


Parents who take their kids, but do not want to skate, can rest easy: there will be a waiting area for the chaperones and a theme park for little kids, as well as other fun activities. In the food court, the public will find several food options.

 

Venue: Parque da Cidade (City Park)
Where: Parquinho do Foguete (Rocket plaza) parking lot
When: December 7 to January 28. Monday to Friday, from Noon to 11 pm; Weekends, from 9 am to 11pm
Price: Ice Skating - Monday to Friday, R$ 30,00 (for 15 min) and R$ 50,00 (for an hour)/ Weekends, R$ 35,00 (for 15 min) and R$ 60,00 (for an hour)
Rating: Free

Conheça o Museu Nacional (Get to know the National Museum)

 

After 45 years, the original project of the architect Oscar Niemeyer to the Esplanada dos Ministérios (Esplanade of the Ministries) was finished with the opening of the Conjunto Cultural da República (Republic Cultural Group), formed by the Museu Nacional Honestino Guimarães (National Museum Honestino Guimarães) and by the Biblioteca Nacional Leonel de Moura Brizola (National Library Leonel de Moura Brizola).

The museum has an eye-catching architecture and shows many exhibitions of national and international arts. It has an outmost high-tech lightning that gives a genuine view of the arts exposed. The museum has two auditoriums.

Museu Nacional do Conjunto Cultural da República 
Where: Esplanada dos Ministérios
Open daily, from 9 a.m to 7 p.m