Mothers Day

8 May 2017

Why do we celebrate Mother’s Day in May?

The oldest celebration related to the mothers goes back to Greece ancient times when in the spring season was organized a celebration in the name of Rhea, the God’s mother.

Then, in Ancient Rome, about 250 years before Christ the celebrations were made in honor of Cybelle, the mother of the Roman gods.

Already in the seventeenth century, in England, there is a new celebration, in honor of the mothers with the so-called ‘Mothering Day’. It was celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent. The aim of this day was to give English workers an opportunity to spend their day off with their mothers.

But Mother’s Day as we know it today was born in the early twentieth century in the United States of America.

mothers-day-81The story goes back to 1858 when  Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis, founded the ‘Mother’s Days Works Club’ with the aim of discussing strategies to decrease the mortality of children in families of workers . Ann Maria was known for her initiatives dedicated to the most disadvantaged, not only the workers, but also fot those injured in the Civil War.

Along the same path, the writer Julia Ward Howe has developed initiatives to value mother and motherhood, this time with the publication of the manifesto ‘Mother’s Day Proclamation’.

When Ann Marie died on May 9, 1905, her daughter Anna Jervis resented the loss and with the help of friends, decided to celebrate the love for her mother and at the same time, teach the children to value their respective progenitors.

Thus, it launched a campaign to have mother’s day recognized nationally, which happened nine years after Ann Marie’s death.

In May 1914, the United States Congress passed the Decree – Joint Resolution Designating the Second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day – which established that day in May as Mother’s Day.

However, despite the effort to make Mother’s Day recognized as a nationwide celebration, Anna Jervis later fought to have the day abolished from the calendar because of the commercial character it has acquired and continues up to today.

In some countries Mother’s Day is celebrated on other dates such as in Argentina which is celebrated in October and in our brother country Portugal that is celebrated on the first Sunday of May.

But it was not always like that. Since  Portugal is a country of high Catholic tradition, Mother’s Day was not initially celebrated in May, but on December 8, the day of Our Lady of the Conception, the patroness of the country.images

However, the apparitions of Our Lady to the three shepherds – Lúcia, Jacinta and Francisco – in the Cova da Iria on May 13, 1917 gave a greater symbolism to the month of May, which became known as the month dedicated to Saint Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ.

Thus, the Portuguese authorities decided that Mother’s Day would no longer be linked to Our Lady of Conception and would be related to Our Lady of Fatima.

As the apparitions occurred on May 13, it was established that Mother’s Day in Portugal would be celebrated on the first Sunday of the month in order to avoid  conflict with the celebrations at Fatima.

Sir Elton John and James Taylor together in Rio

26 January 2017


If you love both singers, on April 1st, 2017, Praça da Apoteose will be hosting  Sir Elton John & his band and James Taylor & his all star band for a wonderful night of show.

Both bands are back again to Brazil to perform 4 shows in 4 of our capitals: Porto Alegre, Curitiba, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

imagesWith his sympathy and wonderful presence on the stage, Elton John will perform a show with the best hits of his 32nd album, “Wonderful Crazy  Night” and the biggest hits of his carrier with over 50 years.

The iconic Elton John started in 1969 and already performed over 4 thousand shows around the globe with 38 golden records, 31 platinum records, entered the  Top 40 on Billboard 58 times in the US, sold more than 250 million songs worldwide, took the Grammy five times, received the Grammy Award Legend, a Tony, an Oscar and his name has been in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1994.

He is the author behind such great hits as Candle in the Wind (1997) – the most popular single of all time, Your Song, Do not Let The Sun Go Down On Me, Rocketman and many other songs.

With his beautiful baritone voice and a distinct way of playing his guitar for more than 40 years, James Taylor marked many generations at the EventGraphic_JamesTaylor_400x400same time  he deeply influenced  diverse young musicians.

As an artist and composer, James sold over a 100 million albuns, received gold, platinum and multiplatinum awards ranging from Sweet Baby James from 1970 to October Road in 2012. In 2015 Taylor released his first studio album in 13 years. With “Before This World”, he won the first Position of the Billboard charts for the first time in his career, and he was also nominated for the Grammy for Best Pop Album category.

Taylor won the Grammy several times and was also included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and on the hugely important Hall of Fame Of Composers.

Taylor was honored by the French government with the Order of Arts and Letters and received the honor of the National Medal of the Arts from President Barack Obama with a ceremony at the White House.

James Taylor, in November 2015 received the highest honor of the USA, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and in 2016 gained the Kennedy Prize. These honors are given annually to individuals who have enriched American culture with distinct accomplishments in the area of ​​performing arts.

Tickets are already on sale at the Tickets For Fun website.



20 December 2016


To all our  friends, with whom we’ve had the honour and satisfaction to be in contact, or exchange ideas, or simply saying hello throughout this year of 2016, we want to say thank you  for these opportunities and wish to all of you  a wonderful Christmas and a 2017 way better than this one, full of accomplishments, joy and happiness, together with your dear families.

Paz, Shalom, Salam

Season Greetings

A todos os nossos amigos, com quem tivemos a honra e a satisfação de estar em contato, ou trocar idéias, ou simplesmente dizer olá ao longo deste ano de 2016, queremos agradecer por essas oportunidades e desejar a todos vocês um Maravilhoso Natal e um 2017 melhor do que este que passou, cheio de realizações, alegria e felicidade, juntamente com suas famílias queridas.

Paz, Shalom, Salam

Boas Festas!

Champagne per brindare a un incontro

16 October 2016

60 Years of Success

peppino-di-capri-vastoPeppino Di Capri, is the Italian singer and romantic song writer most successful in the world.

He is known worldwide for his romantic themes. Peppino met his first hit in 1958 with “malattia”. His early years were more dedicated to the rock n ‘roll, with special influence of Buddy Holly. Then, mixed many styles in his songs like twist, mambo, jazz and Italian music.

On the 1970s, he won the prestigious Festival della canzone Italiana better known as the San Remo Festival in 1973, with the song “Un grande amore e niente più”. In this same year, he released the song “Champagne” that was a big hit in Italy, Germany, Spain and Brazil.

Again, he won the Festival della canzone Italiana  in 1976, with the song “Non lo faccio più” and In 1991, he represented Italy at the Eurovision song contest, with the song  “Commeè ddoce’o mare” sung in

As of 2006, Peppino di Capri became the performer with the most number of appearances at the Festival della canzone Italiana, exactly 15 appearances.

His international hits include “St. Tropez Twist”, “Daniela”, “Torna piccina”, “Roberta”, “Melancolie”, “Freva”, “L’ultimo romantico”, “Un grande amore e niente piú”, “Non lo faccio più”, “Nun è peccato” and “Champagne”.

Di Capri  will perform in Rio at Theatro Municipal on November 4th, in Curitiba on november 5th and in São Paulo on November 10th.




Come and enjoy the British Indie Rock band

12 October 2016

The Kooks

imagesThe English rock band was formed in 2004 in Brighton . They  currently consists of Luke Pritchard (vocals/guitar), Hugh Harris (lead guitar/synth), Alexis Nunez (drums), and Peter Denton (bass guitar).

Their music was firstly influenced by the 1960s  British Invasion movement and post-punk revival of the new millennium. With songs described as “catchy as hell”, The Kooks have experimented in several genres including rock, Britpop, reggae, ska and lately funk and hip-hop.53353a

The Kooks broke into the musical mainstream with their first album  Inside In/Inside Out that was a success and  achieed quadruple platinum status in the UK within a year and also overseas in the form of a platinum certification in Australia and two times platinum in Ireland.

They entered on the media attention, when they won the  award for Best UK & Ireland Act at the  MTV Europe Music Awards 2006 and picking up a nomination at  The Brit Awards for the single ” She Moves in Her Own Way . They also achieved the golden status on The UK and Ireland with their follow-up Konk (2008) as number one on the UK Albums Chart, it recorded first week sales of 65,000.

The Band will perform on the stage of Metropolitan Rio de Janeiro on October 27th at 9:30 pm

Are you a fan of Elvis Presley?

2 October 2016

So…. The king is back!

final-cbn1000769-birmingham-bc-arena-poster-2016-webFor the fifith time in Brazil, Ben Portsmouth will play the show The King is Back on the stage of Teatro Bradesco on October 11th at 9 pm.

The musical “The King is Back” is considered the best tribute show to Elvis in the world and Ben Portsmouth won in 2012 the “Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest”, held in Memphis, Tennessee, United States. Ben Portsmouth - Taking Care of Elvis

The repertoire of the show will recall the greatest hits of Elvis Presley’s all phases as the classics “Kiss Me Quick”, “Suspicious Minds”, “Love Me Tender”, “It’s Now or Never” and “Jailhouse Rock”.

Ben will perform with the band The Taking Care Elvis Band and he will change numerous garments.

This unique spectacle will take the viewer to relive all the excitement that a Elvis Presley show  provided to the audience in the past.


An American guitar player, song-writer and singer in Rio

29 September 2016

A night of many successes

cris crossThe American singer-songwriter from San Antonio, Texas, Christopher Cross , is back to Brazil in October. He will present his shows in Curitiba, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

In Rio de Janeiro, his show will take place on October 5th on the stage of the Municipal Theater .  In  Sao Paulo on October 7th at  the stage of Espaço das Américas, and in Curitiba on october 8th  at the stage of Teatro Guaíra where he ends his tour .

Cross will perform with his band formed by drummer Francis Arnaud, bassist Kevin Reveyran, guitarist Vincent Bidal, the saxophonist Andy Suzuki and the backing vocals, Kim Parent and Marcia Ramirez.

Chris Cross will play hits from his career  like “Sailing”, winner of one of his five Grammy awards,  as song of the year in 1980, “Ride Like the Wind,” “Never be the Same,” “All Right” and “Arthur’s Theme (Best that You can do) ” from the  movie ” Arthur – the Seductive Millionaire” with which he won the Academy Award for best original song in 1981.



Inauguration of the largest marine aquarium in South America

27 September 2016


14316922_1059036850883103_7308535750347032497_nAfter several delays on the initial schedule, finally, on November 9th, 2016   AquaRio will be inaugurated.

The Marine Rio Aquarium is being built in the port area in a five-story building in the new Avenida Binario. It is the only cultural enterprise of “Porto Maravilha” fully implemented with private funds.

The space is being appointed as the largest aquarium in South America and   has 26 thousand square meters and 28 tanks that together comprise 4.5 million liters of salt water and will have more than 3,000 marine animals of 300 species.20150219_CO_POR_VLT_LV-7015-1599x900-600x338

When it opens, the AquaRio expects to receive up to ten thousand visitors on weekends and about two thousand on weekdays.

The aquarium was designed to become a leisure and entertainment center but with a focus on quality environmental education, serious scientific research and biodiversity conservation strategies.

Sales of tickets started from September 19th with prices ranging from R $ 60 to R $ 360 and visitors can opt for individual or family tickets.

The anticipated passes will be sold only online, with promotional prices until 31 October 31st and guarantee unlimited visits for a year with the right to exclusive access, early visitation in half an hour before opening to the public, priority booking of extra activities in the space and 10% discount on food, beverages, shopping in the store and the parking lot.

Payments can be made by credit card up to six times without interest, provided that the minimum share is R $ 60.







Another new cultural center for Rio de Janeiro

26 September 2016

Teatro Riachuelo Rio

img_8186In between the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rio de Janeiro won another important theater.

In Cinelandia, cradle of the city’s cultural activities and where before existed the historical Cine Palacio, was opened on August 26th, 2016 the Riachuelo Rio Theater.

The inauguration was in great style. Teatro Riachuelo Rio opened its door with the musical “The Girl from Ipanema, love is bossa” that depicts and values ​​national culture through a show packed by classic bossa nova.garota_ipanema

The restoration of the space took two years and has become a plural space that combines music, theater, literature, debates and dances to attract the most diverse public. The new theater is open from Tuesday to Sunday, all day, with cycles of lectures, daytime shows, movies and shows.

The space has been completely redesigned and modernized. It has approximately 3,500m² of built area, an audience for 1,000 people, high technology, digital innovations and sound  and light equipment  of last generation.

The former Cine Palacio facade of neo-Moorish architecture was designed by the Spanish architect Adolfo de los Rios and was a meeting point for artists, intellectuals and politicians. The building was built in the nineteenth century. It opened in 1890 as the Brazilian National Casino and in 1901 came to be called the National Casino. In 1906 it was renamed Palace Theater, and it worked well to 1910.

Over the years the building changed its name a few times. In 1917 it was titled Majestic Cinema, when it displayed the first sound film in the country “Broadway Melody”. In 1929 it was called Palace Theater and finally, in 1943, became the Cine Palacio.

The new Teatro Riachuelo Rio is  located five minutes from the airport and ferries and a few steps from the subway and VLT stations.


When the stage turns into the Olympus with “Play”

19 July 2016

Kataklò Athletic Dance Theater

imagesThis acclaimed  company was born in Italy in 1995 and was created by Giulia Staccioli, choreographer and artistic director. Giulia says  Kataklò shows a new form of artistic expression, with the happy marriage between dance and sport, between choreography and athletic perfection of her artists.

Taking advantage of the olympic moment, Oi Casa Grande Theater will be receiving on its  stage on July 25th and 26th – 08:30 pm  the spectacle “Play” that unites dance and  various sports.

With very common scenic artifacts to sports such as bars, rings, bicycles, balls, beams and tennis rackets, dancers and athletes promise a playful world, but with rigor, technique and precision.

“Play” brings the beauty of sports movements, free from the competition pressure, they are harmonized with the dance, with an athletic elegance and an acrobatic

They are stories of sports that become art: from football to athletics, skiing to cycling, boxing to tennis … the gym to the stage, in a mix of poetry and irony – hallmark of the group.

Music, lighting and choreography are very strong elements in the aesthetics of Kataklò, but what stands out is the  undeniably athletic perfection of the dancers / athletes

Are they athletes or dancers?

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