The new Extreme E series is heading to Brazil in 2021 with one of the series five races, the Amazon Prix, scheduled for a damaged region close to Santarem in the state of Para.
The fourth race in the series is scheduled to take place from 23 to 24 October 2021 with the Glacier Prix wrapping up the season in Terra del Fuego, Argentina from 11 to 12 December. The series will bring electric racing to some of the most remote corners of the planet to highlight the climate change challenges faced by different ecosystems, whilst showcasing the performance of all-electric SUVs in extreme conditions.
Extreme E has pledged to work with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), which has more than 24 years of conservation experience across the Amazon and a deep understanding of the major drivers of deforestation in the region. The project has been selected by Francisco Oliveria PhD – Extreme E’s Amazon Scientist and a leading Brazilian conservation expert with more than 20 years’ experience working on Amazon issues for the Brazilian government, WWF and at the University of Cambridge.
For more information about the Extreme E series click here
The votes have been counted, at least at the 44th Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo, where the official jury chose Arie Esiri and Chuko Esiri’s richly woven tale of city life “Eyimofe” (This Is My Desire) from Nigeria as the best feature (fiction), and Davy Rothbart’s “17 Blocks”, from the US, as best documentary.
The popular vote went for Mohammad Rasoulof’s Sheytan “Vojud Nadarad” (There Is No Evil), the German / Iranian production that won the Golden Bear at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, as best international feature (fiction), and David France’s “Welcome to Chechnya“, from the US, as best documentary. The public also chose Cássio Pereira dos Santos’ “Valentina” as best Brazilian feature (fiction), and Joyce Prado’s “Chico Rei Entre Nós” as best Brazilian documentary, a film that also received a special mention from the official jury. Congratulations to all. The virtual festival managed to screen a total of 199 films.
Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles’ “Bacurau”, that premiered in Cannes in 2019, won best fiction film, direction, original screenplay, special effects and actor (Silverio Pereira) at the 2020 Grande Premio do Cinema Brasileiro. “A vida invisível” (“The Invisible Life”) by Karim Ainouz was another multiple winner picking up the awards for adapted screenplay, art direction, costumes, cinematography and supporting actress (Fernanda Montenegro).
“Cine Holliúdy 2 – A chibata sideral”, by Halder Gomes, was chosen best comedy, and also won supporting actor for Chico Diaz, while best documentary went to Marcelo Gomes’ “I’m Saving Myself For When the Carnival Arrives” (“Estou me guardando para quando o carnaval chegar”). Best Animated Feature was “Tito e os Pássaros” by Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar and André Catoto and Best Children’s Feature Film was Daniel Rezende’s “Turma da Mônica – Laços”.
Sharing the actor prize with Silverio Pereira (“Bacurau”) was Fabrício Boliveira for his performance in“Simonal”, a film that also won the first time directing award for Leonardo Domingues as well as sound and soundtrack awards. Best actress went to Andrea Beltrão for “Hebe Camargo – The Star of Brazil”.
The Audience award went to Pedro Amorim’s “Eu sou mais eu” and best foreign film was Oscar winner “Parasite” (South Korea) by Bong-Joon-Ho.
Full list of winners at the 2020 Grande Premio do Cinema Brasileiro
Fiction Feature Film: “Bacurau”
Direction: Kleber Mendonça Filho and Juliano Dornelles, “Bacurau”
Direction – First Feature: Leonardo Domingues, “Simonal”
Actress: Andrea Beltrão, “Hebe Camargo – The Star of Brazil”
Actor: Silverio Pereira, “Bacurau”, and Fabrício Boliveira, “Simonal”
Supporting Actress: Fernanda Montenegro, “The Invisible Life” (“A vida invisível”)
The list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2019 was revealed on 10 October 2019 at the seventh annual Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants awards ceremony, sponsored by S.Pellegrino & Acqua Panna, that was held at Usina del Arte in Buenos Aires, Argentina. With seven new restaurants and entries across eight countries, the 2019 list reflects the diversity of the ever-evolving Latin American gastronomic scene.
Brazil claims nine spots in the top 50 – including new entries Evvai and Manu. The “Best Restaurant in Brazil” was judged to be São Paulo’s A Casa do Porco, at No.6 overall. D.O.M. (São Paulo) is at No.10; Maní (São Paulo) is No.18; Oteque (Rio) is No.23; Lasai (Rio), which won the Art of Hospitality Award, is No.24; Olympe (Rio) is No.35; Evvai (São Paulo) is No.40; Manu (Curitiba) is No.42; and Mocotoó (São Paulo) is No.43.
Maido in Lima took the No.1 spot for the third consecutive year, retaining its status as The Best Restaurant in Latin America. Maido, or ‘welcome’ in Japanese, is the flagship restaurant of chef Mitsuharu ‘Micha’ Tsumura, serving inventive tasting menus of Peruvian-Japanese bites such as fish hotdog and sea urchin rice, alongside à la carte options and a classic sushi counter.
Three-time former winner Central is at No.2. Pujol, in Mexico City, is ranked at No.3, followed by Don Julio in Buenos Aires at No.4 and Boragó in Santiago at No.5 – receiving the titles of The Best Restaurant in Mexico, Argentina and Chile, respectively.
The Art of Hospitality Award 2019, which recognises excellence in restaurant service and dining experience, was awarded to Lasai in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The restaurant itself is very much the product of the partnership between chef and co-owner Rafa Costa e Silva and his wife Malena Cardiel. Cardiel runs the small but elegant dining room, ensuring that Costa’s plates are enhanced through knowledgeable service, exquisite drinks pairings and creating that all-important atmosphere of conviviality.
Mexico and Peru lead the 2019 list with 11 entries each, including Alcalde for Mexico, winner of the Highest Climber Award, and Central for Peru, recipient of the Sustainable Restaurant Award. Brazil claims nine spots, followed by Argentina with eight entries and Chile with six.
This year, Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants features seven new entries: Kjolle, Pía León’s rising restaurant based in Lima, receives the Highest New Entry Award, occupying the No.21 spot on the list. De Patio in Santiago, Chile enters the list at No.34; Mil in Cusco, Peru sits at No.36; La Docena in Mexico City’s Polanco district occupies No.38; while Manu in Curitiba, Brazil enters the list at No.42. The seventh new entry is Mayta from Lima, Peru at No.49.
Maido (Lima, Peru) *The Best Restaurant in Latin
America/The Best Restaurant in Peru
La Mar (Lima, Peru)
Central (Lima, Peru) *Sustainable Restaurant Award
Rosetta (Mexico City, Mexico)
Pujol (Mexico City, Mexico) *The Best Restaurant in Mexico
Máximo Bistrot (Mexico City, Mexico)
DonJulio (Buenos Aires, Argentina) *The Best Restaurant in
Chila (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Boragó (Santiago, Chile) *The Best Restaurant in Chile
Ambrosía (Santiago, Chile)
ACasadoPorco (São Paulo, Brazil) *The Best Restaurant in
Nicos (Mexico City, Mexico)
ElChato (Bogotá, Colombia) *The Best Restaurant in
LeChique (Cancun, Mexico)
Leo (Bogotá, Colombia)
ParadorLaHuella (José Ignacio, Uruguay) *The Best Restaurant in
Osso (Lima, Peru)
DePatio (Santiago, Chile) *New Entry
D.O.M. (São Paulo, Brazil)
Olympe (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Quintonil (Mexico City, Mexico)
Mil (Cusco, Peru) *New Entry
Isolina (Lima, Peru)
Restaurante040 (Santiago, Chile)
AstridyGastón (Lima, Peru)
LaDocena (Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico) *New Entry
Alcalde (Guadalajara, Mexico) *Highest Climber
ElBaqueano (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Pangea (Monterrey, Mexico)
Evvai (São Paulo, Brazil) *New Entry
Sud 777 (Mexico City, Mexico)
LaDocena (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Maito (Panama City, Panama) *The Best Restaurant in
Manu (Curitiba, Brazil) *New Entry
Maní (São Paulo, Brazil)
Mocotó (São Paulo, Brazil)
Rafael (Lima, Peru)
Osaka (Santiago, Chile)
Mishiguene (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Elena (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Kjolle (Lima, Peru) *Highest New Entry
GranDabbang (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
HarrySasson (Bogotá, Colombia)
99 (Santiago, Chile)
Oteque (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Malabar (Lima, Peru)
Lasai (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) *Art of Hospitality Award
In 2019 the main parades of the Grupo Especial, comprising of Rio’s leading samba svhools, will take place on the nights of Sunday, 3 March and Monday, 4 March. The 14 schools parading, their samba and when they are scheduled to start, are:
Sunday, 3 March 2019
Imperio Serrano – O que é, o que é? (21.15)
Viradouro – ViraViradouro (22.20)
Grande Rio – Quem nunca… ? Que atire a primeira pedra? (23.25)
Salgueiro – Xango (00.30)
Beija-Flor – Quem não viu vai ver… As fábulas do Beija-Flor (01.35)
Imperatriz Leopoldinense – Me dá unm dinheiro ai (02.40)
Unidos da Tijuca – Cada macacao no seu galho. O, meu Pai, me dê o pão que eu não morro de fome (03.45)
Monday, 4 March 2019
São Clemente – E o Samba sambou… (21.15)
Vila Isabel – Em Nome do Pai, dos fFilhos e dos Santos – A vila canta a cidade de Pedro (22.20)
Portela – Na Madureira modernissima, hei sempre de ouvir cantar uma Sabia (23.25)
União da Ilha – A peleja poética entre Rachel e Alencar no avarandado do céu(00.30)
Paraíso do Tuiuti – O Salvador da Patria (01.35)
Mangueira – Historia para ninar gente grande (02.40)
Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel – Eu sou o Tempo. Tempo e Vida (03.45)
Normally six schools parade on Sunday night and six on Monday , but as no schools were relegated in 2017 and 2018 seven schools will parade each night in 2019.
The more information about carnival and the parade visit the site’s respective pages.
The draw has been made for main parades of the major Rio samba schools, the Grupo Especial. The parades will take place on the nights of Sunday, 7 February and Monday, 8 February 2016. The order will be:
Sunday, 7 February 2016
Estácio de Sá
União da Ilha
Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
Unidos da Tijuca
Monday, 8 February 2016
Six schools will parade on Sunday night and six on Monday and they will start at 21.30, 22.35, 23.40, 00.45, 01.50 and 02.55.
Based on the results of the last six carnivals (2010-2015), the League of Samba Schools (LIESA) ranks the top ten samba schools in Rio de Janeiro as:
Unidos da Tijuca (95 points)
Unidos de Vila Isabel (53)
Grande Rio (47)
Imperatriz Leopoldinense (34)
União da Ilha do Governador (17)
Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (16)
Parts of Brazil will move its clocks forward one hour at zero hour on Sunday, 19 October. The country will remain on summer time until Sunday, 22 February, the Sunday after carnival.
With summer time in parts of Brazil, the country will have three time zones. The first includes the country’s capital, Brasília, as well as all the states in the South and South East, as well as Goiás. The second, which is one hour behind, includes the states in the Northeast as well as Pará, Amapá, Tocantins, Mato Grosso and Mato Grosso do Sul. The third, two hours behind Brasília, includes Acre, Amazonas, Roraima and Rondônia.
Although mainly in Portuguese, the official programme of Festival do Rio is still a very useful tool for anyone planning to attend the event and who wishes to plan what to watch. Here is the link to download the festival programme.
The annual Latin American Travel Association Foundation Pub Quiz, hosted by British Airways/Iberia, will take place on Tuesday, 6 May at the Railway Tavern close to Liverpool Street Station in London. Tickets in support of the LATA Foundation cost just £15 per person.
For more information, or to register your team, contact email@example.com.