Following in the jet stream o Norwegian, it is now the turn of Virgin Atlantic to announce direct flights between the UK and Brazil. In this case a daily service as of 2020 from London Heathrow to São Paulo using the Boeing 787-9, Dreamliner, with an Upper Class, Premium and Economy Delight, Classic and Light offering.
This will be Virgin’s first South American route and it will join British Airways and LATAM Airlines in flying the London-São Paulo route direct, making Heathrow a very competitive hub to travel to-and-from Brazil and the rest of the south of South America.
Norwegian is scheduled to start flying direct to-and-from Rio de Janeiro and London Gatwick as of 31 March 2019. Norwegian will also use the Dreamliner. Briitish Airways also offers a daily direct service from London Heathrow to Rio de Janeiro.
Baia do Sancho, a beach on the small island of Fernando de Noronha, off the northeast coast of Brazil, has again been named the world’s best beach in the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice awards. It is the third time the beach has been chosen as the world’s best.
Fernando de Noronha can be reached by daily flights from Natal or Recife.
A second Brazilian beach, Prainhas do Pontal do Atalaia, close to Arraial do Cabo in the state of Rio de Janeiro, was voted 12th best.
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.
Brazil has won the Copa America Femenina and in the process has qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup in France in 2019 (for the 8th consecutive time) and the Women’s Olympic Football Tournament in Tokyo in 2020. Brazil played seven games in the Copa America , won seven, scoring 31 goals and conceding just two.
Chile has taken the second spot for the World Cup, but will have a play off with an African nation for a spot at the Tokyo Olympics.
Two Brazilian directors will have their films screened in the official section of this year’s Festival de Cannes
Carlos Diegues, who has had three films screen in competition at Cannes, will receive a special screening and the world premiere of his latest film “O Grande Circo Místico” (The Great Mystical Circus – photo). In 2012 Diegues’was chair of the Caméra d’or jury.
Sao Paulo born, LA based director Joe Penna, better known to his You Tube followers as Mystery Guitar Man, is to get a special midnight screening of his first feature, the thriller “Arctic” which stars Mads Mikkelsen, who headlined NBC’s Hannibal series.
If you are planning to follow Brazil at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, for which Brazil was the first team to qualify, they have been drawn in Group E with Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.
For the group stage the dates for the Brazil diary are:
Sunday, 17 June 2018
Brazil x Switzerland – Rostov-on-Don – Rostov Arena (21.00 /18.00)
Friday, 22 June 2018
Brazil x Costa Rica – Saint Petersburg – Saint Petersburg Stadium (15.00 / 12.00)
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
Serbia x Brazil – Moscow – Spartak Stadium (21.00 / 18.00)
The kick-off time listed is first the local time in Russia followed by the UTC/GMT time.
You can follow the 2018 World Cup at our sister site World Cup: The Guide
LATAM Airline will launch the first route connecting Israel and Latin America with a new flight from Tel Aviv to Santiago (Chile), via São Paulo (Brazil), as of December. There will be three weekly flights by Boeing 787 aircraft offering 217 economy seats and 30 in premium business.
For 2018 the airline has announced a further 14 international routes that include flights to Rome from São, Paulo, which began in March as well as new operations to Las Vegas (June), Boston (July), Lisbon, and from Fortaleza, in the Brazilian northeast, to Orlando, Florida.
The first scheduled nonstop flights to Las Vegas from Brazil will begin 2 June 2018 with services every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The initial seasonal service will operate through 30 September 2018. The route will then return on 15 December 2018 through 28 February 2019.
Brazil represents Las Vegas’seventh strongest overseas market and is the greatest source of international visitors from South America, with more than 150,000 Brazilians visiting annually.
The results of Rio’s Carnival Parade in 2018 were:
- Beija-Flor (269.6 points out of 270)
- Paraíso do Tuiuti (269.5)
- Salgueiro (269.5)
- Portela (269.94)
- Mangueira (269.3)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (269.3)
- Unidos da Tijuca (269.1)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (268,8)
- Vila Isabel (268.1)
- União da Ilha (267.3)
- São Clemente (266.9)
- Grande Rio (266.8)
- Imperio Serrano (265.6)
Grande Rio and Imperio Serrano are relegated while Viradouro has been promoted to parade amongst the elite samba school of Rio on 3 and 4 March 2019.
Based on the results of the last six carnivals (2013-2018), the League of Samba Schools (LIESA) ranks the top ten samba schools in Rio de Janeiro as:
- Beija-Flor (73 points)
- Salgueiro (72)
- Portela (66)
- Unidos da Tijuca (61)
- Mangueira (45)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (37)
- Grande Rio (36)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (33)
- Unidos de Vila Isabel (27)
- União da Ilha do Governador (18)
[Schools score 20 points for a win, 15 for 2nd, 12 for 3rd, 10 for 4th, 8 for 5th, 6 for 6th, 4 for 7th, 3 for 8th, 2 for 9th and 1 for 10th]
As we countdown to carnival in Rio the main samba schools, that make up the Grupo Especial, will parade on the nights of Sunday, 11 February and Monday, 12 February.
13 schools will parade in 2018, that is one more than normal after no school was relegated in 2017 and Império Serrano were promoted. It is expected that two schools will be relegated this year. For a full description of the parade visit our sister site, Rio:The Guide, or CLICK HERE
Following the draw by the League of Samba School (LIESA), seven schools will parade on Sunday, 11 February and six on Monday, 12 February. The order (and approximate start time) is:
Sunday, 11 February
- Império Serrano (21.15)
- São Clemente (22.00-22.30)
- Vila Isabel (23.25-23.45)
- Paraíso do Tuiuti (00.30-01.00)
- Grande Rio (01.35-02.15)
- Mangueira (02.40-03.30)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (03.45-04.45)
Monday, 12 February
- Unidos da Tijuca (21.15)
- Portela (22.00-22.30)
- União da Ilha (23.25-23.45)
- Salgueiro (00.30-01.00)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense (01.35-02.15)
- Beija-Flor (02.40-03.30)
The titles and rough theme of each samba school for 2018 – and many are likely to be political in content – are:
Sunday, 11 February
- Império Serrano – O Império na Rota da China (A look at the silk route and the influences of China in Brazil)
- São Clemente – Academicamente Popular (A celebration of the centenary of Rio’s Escola de Belas Artes – School of Fine Arts)
- Vila Isabel – Corra, que o futuro vem aí!(Man’s discoveries and inventions and their impact on the environment and how we live)
- Paraíso do Tuiuti – Meu Deus, meu Deus, está extinta a escravidão? (The story of slavery in Brazil)
- Grande Rio – Vai para o trono ou não vai? (A celebration of the centenary of the birth of one of Brazil’s most popular entertainers and communicators, Chacrinha)
- Mangueira – Com dinheiro ou sem dinheiro, eu brinco (A comment on the importance of carnival to the people and city even in an economic crisis)
- Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel – Namastê… A Estrela que habita em mim saúda a que existe em você (A look at the impact and influences of India on Brazil)
Monday, 12 February
- Unidos da Tijuca – Um coração urbano, Miguel, o arcanjo das artes, saúda o povo e pede passagem! (The school honours the popular actor, director and writer Miguel Falabella)
- Portela – De repente de lá pra cá e dirrepente de cá pra lá (Looks at immigrants across the ages and their search for peace and liberty)
- União da Ilha – Brasil bom de boca (A look at Brazil’s culinary delights)
- Salgueiro – Senhoras do Ventre do Mundo (The importance and power of black women)
- Imperatriz Leopoldinense – Uma noite real no Museu Nacional (The theme is the 200 year history of the National Museum, once home to the Emperors)
- Beija-Flor – Monstro é aquele que não sabe amar. Os filhos abandonados da pátria que os pariu (Using the 200th anniversary of the publication of “Frankenstein” as the hook, the school looks at intolerance to those who are different)