Education

As a way of promoting knowledge about indigenous life, a new ISA (Socioenvironmental Institute) initiative sees the release of a book Mirim – Indigenous Peoples of Brazil. The book was inspired by the institution’s website, which defends the rights and environmental interests of indigenous tribes. With four chapters; ‘Who they are’, ‘Where they are’, ‘How they live’ and ‘Before Cabral’ (a reference to Pedro Álvares Cabral, Brazil’s ‘discoverer’), the book explores under-developed themes, which tend to be sources of confusion among children and young people, such as what exactly makes a person an Indian, how tribes live nowadays and generally…

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If you want to improve and practice your vocabulary and brush up on your English or Portuguese, the group Meetup organizes fortnightly get-togethers for people to do just that, whilst talking about their experiences and meeting new people. The meetings take place in Holborn and are a great way to improve your language skills. The next event is scheduled for 21 September, at 7:30pm, but there will be plenty of other opportunities, with other meetings already in the diary up to 14 December. Do not miss this chance, take the opportunity and go train your language. With so many dates…

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One of the most important days in the history of Brazil is 7 September, the day independence was declared. After the Portuguese royal court had returned to Portugal, Dom Pedro I insisted on staying put in Brazil, making life difficult for his relatives over in Europe, who gradually lost their grip on the colony. Letter after letter, the Portuguese implored Pedro to come back, but he stood firm, proclaiming “If it is for the common good and general happiness of the Nation, tell the people that I am staying”. The now famous saying was uttered on 9 January 1822, and…

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Considered one of the all-time great western writers, Machado de Assis is in the same league as Shakespeare, Voltaire and Tolstoy. The Miss Dollar collection brings readers 10 short stories, and is one of Machado’s later works. Using simple, everyday language, the great Brazilian author touches on topics such as modernism, feminism and the development of Brazil’s socioeconomic structure, from the Empire to the Republic. Now, finally, this set of short stories has been officially translated into English, thanks to the New London Librarium. They have also translated another collection – Ex-Cathedra – which contains 21 stories. To find out…

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Instituto Marangoni opens ‘Fashion Bridalwear’ specialism classes in Milan, Paris and London and offers courses in Portuguese. The consultant Luiza Bomeny, for 14 years the official representative of the Marangoni Institute in Brazil, has announced the opening of the inscription process for Fashion Bridalwear, a course which, among other elements, will look at the history and the evolution of wedding dresses across multiple cultures and perspectives, as well as the evolution of certain tendencies and preferences for certain materials. During the three-week course, students will realize a study about how different cultures and social values are behind the main fashion…

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To the eyes of a foreigner Brazil looks like a big green chunk of Southern Hemisphere about which little is known, other than Football and Carnival. But there is a lot more to this giant of continental proportions! It is quite normal for people from different continents to know relatively little about each other’s countries. So when we talk about Brazil, what are the first things that come to mind? Football, Pelé, Ayrton Senna, Carnival, caipirinha? But there is much more to this South American giant than you might think. Within Brazil’s borders you could fit 27 entire nations, one…

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The Pampulha Modern Ensemble, in Belo Horizonte, was officially declared Cultural Heritage this Sunday, 17 July, by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. The Oscar Niemeyer project is made up of five separate buildings: The São Francisco de Assis church; the Yacht Tennis Club; a Casino (now the Pampulha Art Museum); a ballroom (now the Belo Horizonte Reference Centre for Urbanism, Architecture and Design); and ex-President of Brazil Juscelino Kubitschek’s Residence (now known as Kubitscek House). The Ensemble was built between 1942 and 1943 and also includes a garden project by Roberto Burle Marx and works by Cândido Portinari. As of this…

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August 2016 will see the inauguration of the Escola Britânica de Artes Criativas (EBAC – British School of Creative Arts) in São Paulo. With the aim of providing more opportunities for creatives and art lovers alike, the school will offer free technical courses like Graphic Design, Illustration, Digital Art Direction and some that are new to Brazil, like “Architectural Visualisation” (visualisation of architectural projects) and “Mobile Application Design” (development of apps for mobile devices).The school will also offer full graduation courses, 100% in English.. The selection process for the free technical courses is already underway, whereas the process for…

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The website Vivagreen brings together all that is new and up to date when it comes to sustainability, with sustainable products, suppliers and producers, facilitating interaction and integration among consumers interested in doing their bit for the environment. Sustainable products are those which are pollute less than their non-sustainable equivalents, but that perform the same function. The idea is to be economical, whilst also helping the planet and improving our collective future. For anyone who likes the idea of sustainability and would like to keep up with developments, make sure you check out the website Vivagreen! Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/vivagreenplus/?fref=phot

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With one of the world’s greatest sporting events just round the corner – the 2016 Rio Olympics – publishers Richmond and Santillana Español present the books “Learning about the Olympic Games” and “Aprendiendo sobre los Juegos Olímpicos”, which give an introduction to the topic, including all the current Olympic sports, the history of the games, the Paralympics, interesting facts about famous Olympians and a look at how Brazil’s athletes have fared in previous editions of the Games. The books are part of the ‘Learn About’ / ‘Aprendiendo’ series. They come in a magazine format and have engaging and informative visuals,…

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