August Festivals in Brazil

Post World Cup, Brazil is hosting a number of its traditional festivals in August. They include:

Festival da Pinga / Cachaça, Culture and Flavours is celebrated annually in Paraty, close to Rio de Janeiro, a beautiful coastal village with an unusual blend of nature and history. Started in the 1980’s and taking place in the last week of August in one of the country’s main cachaça-producing areas, it is a festival made for true lovers of pinga /  cachaça and brings together the strong Brazilian spirit, great food and amazing parties. The programme also includes live samba and a traditional Paraty music shows, attracting a large crowd of local and international visitors to celebrate the production, variety and character of the sugar cane spirit.

The Festa da Boa Morte (Feast of Good Death) is one of the most important events in the Afro-Brazilian religious calendar, taking place every August in Cachoeira, one of the towns in the Northeastern region known as the Recôncavo Baiano. Organised by the Irmandade da Boa Morte (Sisterhood of the Good Death), this celebration culminates in a procession that parades through the streets of the historical town on the banks of the Paraguaca River. During the festival, visitors can discover the Freedom Route (Rota da Liberdade), which explores Afro-Brazilian heritage by visiting communities of the descendants of escaped and freed slaves.

On 15 August, the Festa de Iemanjá (Goddess of the sea festival) takes place in Fortaleza, the state capital of Ceará in Northeastern Brazil and one of the World Cup host cities, bringing many visitors to the area. This annual festival celebrates Iemanjá, the mother of all the gods in the Umbanda religion, where participants celebrate, give thanks and offer perfumes, gifts and flowers to the sea.

The Folclore Nordestino Festival takes place in Olinda, a historic city in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco that is located just north of Recife, bringing together art, music, museums, heritage, architecture and a showcase of colonial Brazil. Folklore is a key element of Brazil’s northeastern culture and in late August, the city holds this annual festival.

Confederations Cup 2013 – Host Cities Chosen

FIFA has announced that the host cities for the 2013 Confederations Cup will be Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Fortaleza, Recife, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. All will be testing stadiums to be used in the 2014 World Cup.

The tournament, which will take place from 15 to 30 June 2013, will feature eight teams including Brazil as the host; Spain as reigning World Champions; Uruguay as the champions of South America; Mexico as champions of CONCACAF; Japan as the Asian champions; and they will be joined by the European, African and Oceania champions.

The eight teams will be split in to two groups with the top two in each group going forward to the semi-finals.

Fan Fest locations confirmed for 2014 World Cup

The twelve host cities for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will offer fans the chance to watch games in special locations known as FIFA Fan Fest.

“The FIFA Fan Fest symbolises the most exciting part of football and the FIFA World Cup: thousands of fans gathered to watch a match together and celebrate,” says ex-Brazilian legend Ronaldo, who is also a member of the Local Organising Committee Management Board. “The FIFA Fan Fest brings together people from all social backgrounds. As Brazilians, we have always had the custom of cheering for our national team in large popular festivals all over the country, therefore I’m sure that this will be the best FIFA Fan Fest of all time.”

Thierry Weil, FIFA’s Marketing Director, echoed Ronaldo’s words, saying “The FIFA Fan Fest provides FIFA and the LOC with a platform to strengthen the fan experience of the World Cup, taking the event to millions of fans outside of the stadiums.”

The FIFA Fan Fest first became part of the official World Cup programme in Germany in 2006, following the huge success of unofficial public viewing events in Korea during the 2002 cup. The success of the FIFA Fan Fest programme in Germany led to the concept being developed further for the 2010 World Cup, when not only the South African Host Cities but also six international venues hosted an event which welcomed over six million football fans over 31 days.

The locations of the FIFA Fan Fest in the twelve 2014 Host Cities are:

  1. Belo Horizonte – Praca da Estacaoo;
  2. Brasília – Esplanada dos Ministerios;
  3. Cuiaba – Parque de Exposicoes;
  4. Curitiba – Parque Barigui;
  5. Fortaleza – Praia de Iracema (Aterrao);
  6. Manaus – Memorial Encontro das Aguas;
  7. Natal – Praia do Forte;
  8. Porto Alegre – Praça Glenio Perez;
  9. Recife – Marco Zero;
  10. Rio de Janeiro – Praia de Copacabana;
  11. Salvador – Jardim de Alah;
  12. Sao Paulo – Vale do Anhagabau;