What’s hot in 2013 in SP and Rio

With usual suspects being joined by uncanny events, 2013 promises to be a pretty special year for Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo – and we are talking about two cities who will be focal points in the next Fifa World Cup, ok? Cariocas and paulistas will be hosting a mix of sporting, cultural and musical opportunities, catering for all tastes. Some tickets are already for grabs so you’d better move fast!


Fifa Confederations Cup (Maracana Stadium, June 16th, 20th and 30th)

The test event for the World Cup will be one of the hottest tickets in town, especially now that the legendary Maracana stadium is going through a makeover that will transform the old football temple. Rio will host three matches (two group games and the final) on June 16th, 20th and 30th, with the pre-sale process already going on. Register at the official website if you want to check a possible Brazil x Spain duel for the title. Tickets start at US$ 100, including for the final.

Fifa Confederations Cup
September 16th, 20th and 30th
at Maracana Stadium
Tickets – from £62


Rock in Rio (September, 13-22, Cidade do Rock)

Brazil’s iconic music festival will take place between September 13th and 22nd at the purpose built ”Cidade do Rock”, in Jacarepaguá. Tickets are flying fast with the next batch to be release to sale in April. So far, Ben Harper Muse, Alice Chains, Metallica, Iron Maiden and Bruce Springsteen are confirmed, but the tradition of this festival dictates that more heavyweights could be on their way.

check this vintage footage of the 1985 debut event.

Rock in Rio 2013
September 13th -22nd
at Cidade do Rock, Jacarepaguá
Tickets – from £90


Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

As part of Transform, a massive exchange program in fields as diverse as the arts and corporate governance, promoted by the British Council, Rio will host a unique showing of the famous opera adaptation of Shakespeare’s seminal play. It will also celebrate the 100th anniversary of  Benjamin Britten, one of Britain’s most important classical composers. The show will also be played in São Paulo.

Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
March (date and venues TBC)

Roberta Sudbrack
In 2012, Brazilian chef Roberta Sudbrack’s  flagship eaterie, in the fancy Jardim Botanico neighborhood, became the only Rio establishment to break into the prestigious British ”Restaurant” magazine top 100 list. Therefore, 2013 bring the promise of an even more intense sensorial feast for food lovers. Especially for the ones still unfamiliar with Sudbrack’s tinkering with Brazilian ingredients to a point where her menus are ever-mutating lists (”I can’t determine the fish that will be served. That’s the sea and the fishermen’s job”,  jokes the Chef). There are pricey items, such as the nine course tasting (around 80 quid),  but there are three-couse meals for around 20 quid.

Roberta Sudbrack
Avenida Lineu de Paula Machado, 916 – Jardim Botânico
Phone: 21 3874-0139


LOLLAPALOOZA BRASIL (29, 30 and 31 of March)

The Brasilian version of one the coolest music festivals in the world takes place once again in São Paulo, with an impressive line-up: Pearl Jam, The Killers and American alt-blues duo Black Keys will headline, supported by Franz Ferdinand, The Hives, the Flaming Lips, Kaiser Chiefs, Cake adn others. Brazilian new sensation Criolo is also on the bill, which also features veteran pot-head combo Planet Hemp.

Lollapalooza Brasil
March 29th-31t
Jockey Club
Tickets from £100

Talk about a super partnership: chef Alex Atala, whose D.O.M is now a top 5 entry on the prestigious San Pellegrino ”best in the world list”, teams up with nightlife kingpin Facundo Guerra to open up what promises to be the mother of all bars in downtown Sao Paulo, more precisely the junction between Consolação and Paulista avenues. It’s an ambitious project that will offer Atala’s twist on the traditional bar snacks and Guerra’s expertise in creating the coolest party places around. It should open doors in the second semester of 2013.

PRELUDE – The Insides are on the Outside
Casa de Vidro, São Paulo, November 2013

Curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, this exhibition at Casa de Vidro in São Paulo, designed in 1950 by the Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi, will enable artists, architects and the public to ‘experience the unexpected’.  British artists Gilbert and George and Douglas Gordon are shown alongside artists and architects from across the world, all works being created especially for the space as site-specific responses. 

VIRADA CULTURAL- Several Locations, date TBC
São Paulo’s biggest street party returns with a bang: in several parts of the city, a multitude of events (1.200 in 253 locations in 2012, from Museus to public squares)  takes place over 24 hours. It is usually held in May so get ready for some serious pavement pounding. A plethora of food and drink stalls is always around to help.

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