A dock in Brazil where close to a million slaves landed from Africa has been declared a Unesco world heritage site. Valongo Wharf, in Rio de Janeiro, was the largest arrival point for slaves in Brazil, the main destination for the trade in the Americas. Nicknamed “slave wharf”, as many as 900,000 Africans were held at the harbour to recover from their journeys across the Atlantic before being sold on at markets. Many did not survive and were buried in nearby mass graves.
Tonight, Charleston Bubble Lounge will open at 8pm for Happy Hour - Jazz in Copacabana. Admittance is free. The place, located in front of famous Copacabana Palace, features an elegantly decorated lounge, with a bathtub full of bottles of Champaign in the middle. They offer tasty food for dinner, and a nice selection of artesanal draft beers. The Jazz Night will close only close to midnight.  Charleston Bubble Lounge   Find the Facebook Page of Charleston Bubble Lounge here. The fan page of the Jazz Band in Rio is here.
Brazil’s supreme court is preparing to rule on a 2014 law on racial quotas as concerns grow over abuse of quota systems – which even led one government department to draw up a checklist to assess candidates’ facial features. Late last year, Fernando received news he had dreaded for months: he and 23 of his classmates had been kicked out of college.
Planned improvements to Rio’s favelas have meant increases in rent, forcing the poorest families into squatting in unoccupied buildings. Photographer Tariq Zaidi visits the Mangueira community favela, less than 1km from the showpiece Maracanã stadium, to see what life is like for the women living there
Next year’s Rio Carnival is under threat over drastic budget cuts by the city’s new Evangelical mayor, who has been accused of acting on his conservative religious views.
Traditional dishes, bonfires, fireworks, and the colorful, flapping flags hanging overhead out on the street are some of the elements making up the festivities collectively known throughout Brazil as Festas Juninas. Be it in a major city event, a fair next to a church, or a thatched tent outside a family's house, the celebration is often part of the festivities typically held in June, which have their roots in harvest rituals. The millennia-old festivity, however, was transformed over the course of the centuries, but remained a cultural manifestation of the ties between man and field.
Volunteers come to Rio de Janeiro in order to help to build better lives for the young people and adolescents from Rio's Favelas. They encourage cultural activities, such as Capoeira, develop sports with children, teach English and many more. Felipe Murray, with his project Iko Poran facilitates for foereign volunteers to come to Brazil and have a joyful, rich experience.
Sunday, 06 July 2014 00:00

Skol launches beer flavored ice cream

Skol, the Brazilian beer brewer, announced this Tuesday November 27th 2012, it will launch a beer-flavored ice cream this coming summer. The launch is scheduled for January 2013 and, according to the company, the sale is for a limited time at selected bars of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Ice cream Skol will be offered in bulk version, In a 150 ml can " the ice cream Skol-bulk version in cans of 150 ml-combines the creaminess with the taste of beer," the brand spokesperson said in a statement.
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