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Did you know that Brazil has its very own New York and Canada? There are some curious city names in Brazil; here are just a few of the more amusing ones: Sem Peixe (Without Fish) and Espera Feliz (Happy Wait) in Minas Gerais, Corta Mano (Short Hand) in Bahia, Casinha do Homem (Man’s Little House) in Paraíba, Boa Hora (Good Time) in Piauí, Almoço (Lunch) in Pará, Entrepelado and Xangri-Lá (Shangri-la) in Rio Grande do Sul, Feliz Natal (Merry Christmas) in Mato Grosso, Passa e Fica (Come and Stay) in Rio Grande do Norte, Peixe Gordo (Fat Fish) in Ceará,…

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Arandu Arakuaa – which means Saber of the Cosmos – is the first Indigenous heavy metal band to sing in the Brazilian indigenous language of the Tupi-Guarani tribe. The quartet formed in 2008, with their signature painted bodies and the guttural sound of their lead vocalist, mix indigenous drums with guitar riffs to produce a heavy, exotic sound, whilst their mystical lyrics speak of the daily lives in indigenous villages. There are no limits to creativity when it comes to the diversity of Brazilian music.

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Welcome to the fourth issue of BBMag – Bossa Brazil Magazine – your bilingual lifestyle magazine in London and the UK, kicking off 2017 in true Brazilian style! To help warm up the British winter we’ve prepared a special edition that uncovers the very best of Brazil at this time of year: summertime and Carnaval. As well as a lead feature that reports on the best beaches to enjoy the sun and Brazil’s vibrant carnival spirit, you can also enjoy a sensational coastal drive along the famous Rio-Santos highway, from Rio de Janeiro to São Paulo. And there’s much more:…

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Just like London, with its huge Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square, Brazil’s largest city has one of its own. On 26 November, hundreds of onlookers were at the Ibirapuera Park to see the annual inauguration of the city’s famous Christmas tree, in São Paulo’s south zone. Members of the public waited patiently for Father Christmas to arrive and switch on the tree’s lights, in a ceremony complete with fireworks and artificial snow – right in the middle of the sweltering Brazilian spring! Now into its 15th year, the Christmas tree, on display in the Aldo Chioratto Square – in front…

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Ouro Preto is a city located in Minas Gerais, in Southeast Brazil. A popular destination for overseas tourists and Brazilians alike, the city has a rich history and is famous for its colonial architecture. Founded around 1711, it was originally named Villa Rica and was wealthy in terms of gold and precious stones. As a result the city gained significant importance and quickly attracted settlers, as the country’s main region for mining. Historically speaking, Ouro Preto is of significant importance as it has been the setting for many historical and cultural events. The most remembered is the Inconfidência Mineira (Minas…

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London and São Paulo, two cosmopolitan cities replete with cultural attractions, have much in common. One example is the diverse options in terms of museums close to metro stations. With value for money admission – often even free – the museums offer recreation, culture and education for all of the family. Check out some recommendations that are close to metro stations in the English capital and Brazil’s largest city: London: British Museum: located close to Russell Square and Holborn stations (Central and Piccadilly lines), the museum specialises in ancient civilisation, with a collection of rare artefacts from ancient Egypt, Greece,…

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On the 19 November we celebrate the Brazilian Flag´s Day, a date that was created in 1889. The flag, designed by Décio Vilares after an idea of Raimundo Teixeira Mendes and Miguel Lemos, is formed by three geometric figures that can easily be drawn by children: rectangle, diamond and circle. The colours represent the resources of the country: the green symbolizes the forests; the yellow, the gold; the blue, the sky; and the white represents the peace and the union of the people. The 27 stars represent the 26 Brazilian states plus the Federal District (Brasília). This date is a…

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When planning to travel somewhere, the first thing that most people think about is the accessibility of sightseeing. Fortunately many tourist attractions, both in Brazil and in London, are already equipped with all the necessary infrastructure to cater for visitors who have limitations, since nobody in this day and age needs to (nor should they) deprive themselves of enjoying any sort of experience, including getting to know new countries. With this in mind we have selected the main tourist attractions around Brazil and London that are already considered part of this list of “fully accessible attractions “. Brazil Pão de…

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Every July the city of Joinville in the south of Brazil hosts an international dance festival. Created in 1983, it is currently considered to be the largest event of its kind in terms of participation by the Guinness Book of Records, with over 6,000 dancers from all corners of the world. Each edition lasts around two weeks and takes over the region with exhibitions, presentations and various other events. The city is also home to the only branch of the Bolshoi Ballet School outside Russia.

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Brazilian Words The closing ceremony of the Rio Olympic Games guaranteed an emotional farewell when the word “saudades” was projected onto the field – the word represents the act of missing someone/something. It is often used in poems and the lyrics of Brazilian songs, but the word has no direct translation in English. Here is a list of some other words that often confuse foreigners: cafuné, the loving act of stroking your fingers through someone’s hair; xodó, something/someone you really appreciate; calorento/friorento, an adjective given to someone who is sensitive to high/low temperatures; farofa, toasted manioc flour, perhaps the most…

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