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Brazilian spirit will be in full flow at Somerset House, as London’s art and cultural centre becomes the home of Rio 2016. ‘Casa Brasil’ opens from the July 27 until the close of the Paralympic games and will bring Brazilian passion and culture right to the doorstep of Victoria Embankment.
Casa Brasil will host exhibitions of Brazilian culture with musical performances, DJ sets and a chance to sample some fine Brazilian cuisine. Meantime, an amphitheatre will host press conferences with Brazilian medallists. The Occupation Onscreen Festival will also give visitors a spectacle of 12 feature films and 20 short films showcasing Rio’s latest productions and a paraglider flight simulation over Rio de Janeiro. Plus, there will be a chance to see the vibrant colours of traditional Brazilian dancers who are sure to catch your eye. Admission to all events will be free (most lasting until 9 p.m.).
“As we prepare to host the Games after London, Casa Brasil will be even more important in showcasing our project, Brazilian culture, the country as a tourist destination and its new business opportunities,” Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of Rio 2016, said. “We want visitors to get the first feel of a vibrant and transformed Rio, which will host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2016.”
This is the fifth time Casa Brasil has made an appearance at the Games, going bak to Atlanta in 1996.
“We are thrilled to receive the Brazilian Olympic Committee at Somerset House,” said Gwyn Miles, director of Somerset House. “[We're working] together to develop a schedule that shows the culture and vibrancy of the Brazilians.”