Festivals Brazil

The magnificent Carnival of Rio is worthily lauded as one of the most riotous and exhilarating festivals in the world. But it’s easy to forget that the massive scope of Brazil is also home to many more fascinating and exciting festivals all year round. A country this muddled with cultures and traditions, music and the arts, is naturally the perfect petri dish for a wide variety of celebration of human culture in the festival form.

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Film Festivals: 
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The Gramado Film Festival (Portuguese: Festival de Gramado) is an international film festival, and the largest of its kind in Brazil, held annually in the Brazilian city of Gramado, Rio Grande do Sul, since 1973. Gramado awards are called "Kikitos” in honor of the 13 inches statuette created by artisan Elisabeth Rosenfeld, which is given to the awards winners.
http://festivaldegramado.net/2012/

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The Festival do Rio is an international film festival in Rio de Janeiro initiated by a 1999 merger of two film festivals, the Rio Cine Festival and the Mostra Banco Nacional de Cinema. Prestigious films from the international film festival circuit are often screened first in Brazil here, including winners from Cannes, Sundance, Venice, and the Oscars.
http://2012.festivaldorio.com.br/

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The Recife Cinema Festival, also known as Cine-PE, is a competitive film and audiovisual festival dedicated to the Brazilian and state-produced shorts, feature films, and documentaries.
The São Paulo International Film Festival (Portuguese: Mostra Internacional de São Paulo), or Mostra for short, is an annual non-profit organized by ABMIC (Associação Brasileira Mostra Internacional de Cinema). The international jury for 2012 included Burghart Klaussner, Cao Hamburger, Danis Tanovic, Jan Harlan, and Kanako Hayashi.
http://36.mostra.org/en/

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Mix Brazil Film Festival is the longest running and largest LGBT-friendly film festival in Brazil. Held between São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, this festival hosts a range of films on themes of homosexuality and sexual diversification. 

http://www.mixbrasil.org.br/index.asp?lng=I

Mostra Possiveis Sexualidades CAIXA Cultural Salvador, Brazil.
http://possiveissexualidades.wordpress.com/

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Hell & Heaven is an annual Brazilian LGBT event, normally held in the city of Mata de São João, Sauípe Coast, State of Bahia, Northeastern Brazil. Designed to attract international partiers and hedonists to the tropical colonial location, H&H offers special packages to overseas visitors. Well-known DJ’s routinely spin at the ever-growing parties that last well into the night and early morning.
http://www.hhbahia.com/

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Lollapalooza Brazil takes its cue from the infamous Lollapalooza festival of Chicago in the United States. Taking place in São Paulo in 2013 from March 29th to 31st, this festival boasts a line-up of local and international music pop, rock, alt, hip-hop, fusion samba, and any other genre you put your mind to, with talented names and faces from all around the world – including The Black Keys, The Alabama Shakes, Cake, Crystal Castles, Hot Chip, Major Lazer, Queens of the Stone Age, and many many more….

http://www.lollapaloozabr.com/

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The Bahian Carnival may not be as infamous as its Rio rival, but some point out that the lower numbers and beautiful location make for a superior carnival experience. The event began as a traditional carnival held in many other twons in Brazil but evolved as street parties and clubs began to unite in a explosion of all-encompassing classless festival celebration.

http://www.bahia-online.net/Carnival.htm

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Fenakiwi or Festa Nacional do Kiwi (that is Portuguese for National Kiwi Fest) is a city celebration in the city of Farroupilha, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil dedicated to the Kiwi. People dressed up as life-sezed Kiwi’s have been spotted, attendance is recommended if you like your festivals miniature and surrealistic.

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The Festa do Peão de Barretos (Portuguese for "Cowboy Festival of Barretos") is a rodeo featuring bulls and horses exhibiting the traditions and techniques of Brazilian cowboys dating back hundreds of years. Barretos is something of a hub for these events and hundreds such rodeos are held throughout the year in this municipality in northern São Paulo. The Festa do Peão is probably the best-known, due mainly to it’s massive size.

http://www.camarotebrahmacountry.com.br/santarena/Portugues/home.php

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The Festa Junina , also known as festa de São João for their part in celebrating the nativity of St. John the Baptist, are annual  celebrations historically related to the European Midsummer that take place in the beginning of the Brazilian winter. They were first introduced by Catholic Portuguese colonies around the mid-16th century and are now widely celebrated in Brazil but especially in the northeastern regions. The festival coincides with the end of the Brazilian rainy season in most states and provides an opportunity to thank God for the rain and the harvest that lies ahead. Traditional dancing and food play a major part, as does the celebration of the marital union seen in the “quadrilha” – a sort of dance enacting a mock wedding around a central bride and groom couple. 

http://www.festajunina.com.br/

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For something a little more high-brow, the Festival Amazonas de Ópera (Amazonas Opera Festival) is an annual opera-fest celebrated in the Amazonian city of Manaus. The Amazonas Philarmonic is the official festival orchestra but participation includes representatives and orchestras from all around the classical music world. 

http://www.amazonasfestivalopera.com/

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The Joinville Dance Festival is the largest and most important dance festival in Brazil – according to its marketing campaign anyway. Located in Joinville, in the state of Santa Caterina in Southern Brazil, the festival brings together amateur and professional dancers over 11 nights of everything from classical ballet to jazz to street dancing and hip-hop. 

http://www.santacatarinabrasil.com.br/en/festival-de-danca-de-joinville/

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Boi Bumba (link to full article) described as a more exclusive quieter carnival
http://www.2camels.com/boi-bumba.php

Festival de Teatro de Curitiba (Fringe festival of sorts)
http://festivaldecuritiba.com.br/

Environmental Film Festival
http://www.ecovisionfestival.com/

1 minute video/film festival
http://www.festivaldominuto.com.br/?locale=en

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