Imperatriz Leopoldinense is the champion of Rio’s carnival, 22 years after its last title. The green, white and gold school of Ramos paraded on the Monday night with “O aperreio do cabra que o excomungado tratou com má-querença e o santíssimo não deu guarida”, of carnavalesco Leandro Vieira.
Imperatriz Leopoldinense travelled to the northeast to tell the story of the arrival in both heaven and hell of the bandit leader and folk hero, Lampião. It is the school’s ninth title and the carnavlesco’s third title havingpreviously won with Mangueira in 2016 and 2019, in addition to having won the Série Ouro twice, with Imperatriz itself in 2020 and with Império Serrano in 2022. But it is Império Serrano that is relegated straight back to Série Ouro.
Joining Imperatriz for the winners’ parade will be Viradouro, Vila Isabel, Beija-Flor, Mangueira and Grande Rio.
The results of Rio’s Carnival Parade in 2023 were:
As always a diverse selection of themes and story lines have been chosen to be presented by the top schools at Rio’s carnaval.
In 2023 these include Vila Isabel that will celebrate the human capacity to have faith in what cannot be seen; Salgueiro that has chosen a plot about valuing freedom of expression, showing that paradise is built individually by each person, without restriction or sin. Mocidade will look at the cultural legacy of artists from Alto do Moura in Pernambuco, and the disciples of the artist Mestre Vitalino. Historic figures also feature and Viradouro will tell the story of Rosa Maria Egípcia who was brought from Africa to Brazil in 1925 and is credited as the first black woman to write a book in Brazil. Imperatriz Leopoldinense will travel to the northeast and tell the story of the arrival in both heaven and hell of the bandit leader and folk hero, Lampião. Império Serrano brings a storyline based on Arlindo Cruz’s success, “My Place”. In a tribute to the singer, the samba school will go through moments and places that marked his career.
Paraíso do Tuiuti will tell the story of the arrival and impact of buffaloes to Brazil, through the Marajó Island, in Pará, which inspired a cultural manifestation in the region. The state of Bahia is featured by three schools. Unidos da Tijuca will celebrate everything about Bahia, taking a lot of axé to the avenue and feature the joy of Bahia’s carnival. Mangueira will highlight the impact of women on the music of Bahia, while Beija-Flor will argue that the “true” independence of Brazil was the expulsion ofthe Portuguese troops from Bahia 200 years ago in 1823. Celebrating its centenary, Portela, one of the city’s most famous and traditional schools, will not surprisingly look back at the school’s history through the eyes of five characters who have been fundamental to the school and Rio’s carnival. And Grande Rio, the current champion of Rio’s carnival, will pay tribute to the musician and great sambista Zeca Pagodinho, who will join the school for the parade.
The main parades of the Grupo Especial – Rio’s top 12 ranking samba schools – will next take place on the nights of Sunday, 19 February and Monday, 20 February 2023.
In 2023 the main parades of the Grupo Especial in Rio de Janeiro’s carnival are currently scheduled to take place on the nights of Sunday, 19 February and Monday, 20 February 2022. The 12 schools and the order that they will parade in 2023 are:
The reason we launched the sites was that we were and still do get consulted about Rio and Brazil on a weekly basis and this seemed an easier way of telling people where to find the information and share it. We were also often asked when we would update “The Insider’s Guide to Rio de Janeiro”, last published in print form in 1995, and the web sites seemed the obvious answer. #brazil #riodejaneiro
According to figures from ApexBrasil, the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency, Brazil’s exports to the UK rose by 21% to hit £2.2bn by the end of 2021. The exports are Brazil’s highest by value to the UK since 2014, and contributed to Brazil registering a record global trade surplus in 2021 of £44.4bn.
In the food and drink sector, Brazilian fruit exports to the UK grew by 15% with strong demand for tropical varieties and superfruits such as mangos, papayas, peaches, nectarines, and berries. Taking advantage of post-Brexit trade between Brazil and the UK, sugar and ethanol exports surged by 67% to hit €122.6m / £105.5m, the result of a new sugar import quota agreed by the UK government which allows for higher volumes of tariff-free sugarcane from Brazil.
Exports to the European Union rose by 32% in 2021 to reach €30.8bn / £26.5bn, the highest since 2013. The total value of goods exported by Brazil in 2021 totalled €236.8bn / £203.7bn, a rise of 32% on 2020 values, and an all-time high for the country.
In the other direction Brazilian imports of UK goods rose by just 9% to £1.8bn in total for 2021, with particularly high demand in Brazil for oil and gas products (5,530% increase in value to reach £41.5m), British spirits (105% increase to £15.8m), chemicals (54% increase to £37.2m), and transport equipment (35% increase to £15.3m). Imports from the EU totalled €32.4bn / £27.8bn, a rise of 26% on 2020 levels. Brazilian demand was strongest for EU oil and petroleum products, pharmaceuticals and chemicals
As Latin America gets back to some form of normality, we have the list of what are considered to be the 100 best restaurants in Latin America “past and present”.
Due to the pandemic the organisers decided to come up with a retrospective list, which spans 12 countries and was created by aggregating the votes from all previous editions, all the way down to No.1, being crowned The Greatest Restaurant in Latin America 2013-2021. The top ten are:
Central, Lima, Peru
Maido, Lima, Peru
D.O.M., São Paulo, Brazil
Astrid y Gastón, Lima, Peru
Pujol, Mexico City, Mexico
Boragó, Santiago, Chile
Maní, São Paulo, Brazil
Quintonil, Mexico City, Mexico
Tegui, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Don Julio, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Brazil has 17 restaurants listed in the Top 100 and they are:
With a 1×0 win over Colombia on 11 November 2021, Brazil mathematically guaranteed its place at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in December 2022, and in doing so remains the only country to qualify for every single one of the 22 World Cup Finals, winning five of them.
After the finals in Russia in 2018, Brazil is tied with Germany in playing 109 games in the finals, but has won 73 games compared to Germany’s 67. Brazil has also scored 229 goals in finals, compared to Germany’s 226.
it has been confirmed that in September 2023 Rock in Rio will morph into “The Town”, a new music festival for São Paulo, which will take place at the Grand Prix circuit of Interlagos over two weekends.
600,000 people will be expected over the five days of the festival that has Heineken as its main sponsor and will be supported by TV Globo and Multishow. The stage set and setting will reflect the skyscrapers of São Paulo. It is probably that Brazil will see Rock in Rio and The Town on alternate years. There is certainly the demand.