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The Estação da Luz, inaugurated more than 150 years ago, was the birthplace of the State of São Paulo’s rail network Estação da Luz is one of the principal train stations in São Paulo, and also the end of the line for many of the city’s lines. Built by an English company, São Paulo Railway, in 1867, the station started out in much the same fashion as any other: a simple construction, a project overseen by British architect Charles Henry Driver, who was a specialist when it came to the use of decorative iron. The station has been renovated and…

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The German community in Brazil, one of the five largest migrant populations in the country, still retains many traditional customs It’s no secret that Brazil is a multicultural country and a melting pot of races and backgrounds. One of the largest foreign communities today is the German one, these days mostly found in the South and Southeast, in the states of São Paulo, Rio Grande do Sul, Santa Catarina and Paraná. Estimates suggest that Brazil is home to approximately 5 million German descendants. The greatest intake of Germans took place during the late nineteenth century and the first 20 –…

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The Italians are one of the largest migratory groups in Brazil, whose presence in the South and Southeast has resulted in a unique blend of cultures Like the Germans, the Italians are concentrated mainly in the South and Southeast of Brazil, mainly in the state of São Paulo, and most began to emigrate as of the second half of the nineteenth century, when the concentration of land remained mostly in the hands of the few, given the industrial movement. Many poorer people, unable to make ends meet as labourers or as owners of very small properties, sought greater opportunities in…

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The “Quieter Hour” is a new initiative introduced by certain retailers to make weekend shopping for autistic people more accessible People that live with autism perceive the world completely differently to those not affected by the condition. Often these perceptions can put those that sense them at risk or danger, precisely because of the heightened intensity with which they are felt. The British supermarket chain Morrison recently spearheaded an inspiring initiative designed to demonstrate their concern for such customers. On Saturdays, an entire hour of normal operating hours throughout their stores in the UK will be exclusively dedicated to autistic…

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As well as being a celebrated writer and accomplished playwright, Oscar Wilde is fondly remembered for his remarkable personality and affectionate nature, which once even landed him in jail Oscar Wilde was one of the most famous writers in Europe, and unquestionably Ireland’s most revered playwright. Born in the mid-nineteenth century, Wilde was the son of two Irish intellectuals who unquestionably contributed to his exemplary education. From an early age he began learning foreign languages (German and French) and at university he became a scholar of classical history, especially Greek literature. His pronounced and extravagant personality helped him achieve a…

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Brazilian music was born from a mixture of genres and styles, a characteristic that defines it to this very day The Brazilian musical scene has always been shaped by on-going attempts to innovate, many of them inspired by a mixture of different genres. This musical miscegenation gave birth to Bossa Nova and to MPB in the last century, both of which incorporated elements of traditional music whilst allowing room for a multitude of other styles to blossom, affording composers enough freedom to experiment with all kinds of unusual arrangements. As of the twenty-first century, Brazilian rhythms were strongly influenced by…

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The darlings of today’s fast-food industry, food trucks continue to win over legions of avid fans The food truck movement is mostly an urban phenomenon and evermore present in the major centres across Brazil, such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Fortaleza. Seen very much as the natural evolution of the fast-food industry, these vehicles—which are not in fact trucks but vans—offer expertly-prepared food and drink from a surprising range of cuisines, and anything from a common hamburger to artisanal breads and craft beers. Food trucks congregate in open and communal areas to create unique food events—often referred to…

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BBMAG brand new edition is here! Welcome to the latest edition of BBMag—Bossa Brazil Magazine, the only bilingual Brazilian lifestyle magazine in London that specialises in tourism, culture, gastronomy, and business. We promote a modern and creative Brazil, a country with stunning tourist destinations and a uniquely rich and diverse culture. In this edition we feature “Urban Brazil” and so shed a light on some of the more fascinating aspects of life in the country’s metropolitan centres, giving you a taste of art, gastronomy and the general hustle and bustle of city life in Brazil. We also invite you to…

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This edition marks BBMag’s two-year anniversary. This milestone was only made possible thanks to our dedicated readership; so let me start by thanking all our readers for their loyal support. As the old saying goes, “Time waits for no man”, and with this in mind we have compiled a quick guide for history buffs out there, with must-do days out, just outside London. This edition is bursting with news about upcoming events, including a busy schedule for live Brazilian music in the UK, LGBT parades throughout the world’s capitals and the ever-popular Book Club run by the Embassy of Brazil…

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Festas Juninas – Brazilian cultural celebrations held throughout the month of June – are considered to be the biggest national event after Carvaval and date back to the seventeenth century Despite having origins linked to pagan worship, the festas juninas have been strongly influenced by the Catholic Church over time, and today are celebrated in the honour of St. Anthony, St. John and St. Peter. The largest festivals take place in the Northeast of the country and culminate in an intriguing mix of local food, dance and decoration, representative of local rural traditions and Brazil’s African, European and indigenous heritage.…

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