Brazilian band perform an urban intervention

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By Marcelo Fiedler in New Events on Sunday 19 June 2011

On the June 11, one night before the equivalent of Valentines Day in Brazil, the band Homemade Blockbuster performed an urban intervention which they glued heart-shaped stickers on the red lights all over town and released their new single called Heartlights.

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Tag Brum

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By TB in New Art on Friday 17 June 2011

Brooklyn-based Tag Brum is a Brazilian artist whose primary method is drawing and collage. His works explore his experiences of growing up in southern Brazil. His latest pieces talk about street kids and the overwhelming voyeurism of social networks, where eyeballs are staring from nothing at nothing, constantly pressuring one to glamorize every mundane breath to an entropic level.

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Intensive theatrical make-up by Juliana Dadalto

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By Lori Regattieri in New Fashion on Thursday 5 May 2011

Juliana Dadalto, a multi-discipline artist from Brazil, can make the simplest detail of make-up become something magical. Her work also involves paper-craft and face painting and were nominated in two categories at the Conexion Beauty Art 2011.

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Jonathan Darby’s solo show at London’s Signal Gallery

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By Marlon Ninja in New Events on Thursday 17 March 2011

Attending Jonathan Darby’s solo show at London’s Signal Gallery last week reminded me of the movie, City of God. This clichéd perspective of the living conditions of a Brazilian slum was fuelled by how the gallery was set up to resemble your “typical” Rio favela by decorating the environment as such.

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Favela Chic

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By Eleni Sardi in New Fashion on Thursday 10 February 2011

With contemporary design and a bohemian air, Olga Olsson’s bikinis are sexy and boast ethical credentials, too. Designer Ruth Ferguson’s stay in Brazil introduced her to the fairtrade project supporting cooperatives of women seamstresses in the favelas.

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Invisible shoes by Andreia Chaves

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By Zolton in New Fashion on Tuesday 25 January 2011

Sao Paulo designer Andreia Chaves created these extraordinary ‘invisible shoes‘, which are made from a ‘faceted mirrored surface allowing the shoe to reflect different angles of the environment around it thus camouflaging itself with its surroundings’.

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Smirnoff nightlife exchange: Brazil and Australia

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By Zolton in New Events on Tuesday 18 January 2011

The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project involved fourteen countries around the world filling crates with the best of their local nightlife and exchanging their country’s crate with another. We were there all the way, following Australia’s involvement. And the final stage, with Brazil and Australia swapping crates, was a beauty! As this video attests.

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Bending Bookcase Apartment in Brazil

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By Gerry Mak in Architecture on Tuesday 11 January 2011

Hussein Jarouche’s 3,200-square-foot apartment in Brazil features an amazing, bending bookcase that wraps around the whole apartment.

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Tudo de Cor para Santa Marta

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By Lamia Larkin in Cool Travel on Wednesday 15 December 2010

It’s not often that art is shown making a huge difference in peoples lives, but every now and then, it really does. And nothing makes me happier than to see creativity being used to help better one’s own community. Especially when the end result is as cheerful as project Tudo de Cor para Santa Marta.

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Paraty Beach House in Brazil

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By This Island Life in Architecture on Tuesday 7 December 2010

While researching my end of year trip to South America, I stumbled across a cute little historical town in Brazil called Paratay. Apparently it’s known for its 19th century colonial architecture, but I can’t tell you a thing about that. I’m too busy imagining what my life would be like if I called this palatial beach house my casa. Maybe I’d be a Brazilian swimwear designer and use the beachfront pool to host collection launches. Or perhaps I’d dabble in some sort of illicit trade, making the boat-only access more of a necessity than a luxury.

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Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Party, Sydney

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By Tristan Rayner in New Events on Friday 3 December 2010

I was lucky enough to be invited to Sydney’s Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange party, where Brazilian nightlife from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro was joyfully brought into Sydney for a big crowd of competition winners. The party featured Brazil’s best, including electric performances from the samba sounds of Rhythm Brazil, before the dancefloor exploded with Bonde do Rolê blasting the crowd with incredible energy and catchy beats. When Rolling Stone picked Bonde do Rolê as one of ten bands to watch as far back as 2006, they were onto something.

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Pousada Água de Côco, Brazil

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By This Island Life in Cool Travel on Saturday 23 October 2010

If you’ve ever thought about trading everything in to go and live in a hut on a beach somewhere, then you need to read on. Close your eyes and imagine a place worth relocating for, a place where you could truly embody the South American’s passion for life; somewhere where you wouldn’t let life pass you by in a blur of back-to-back meetings and traffic jams. Open your eyes to Pousada Água de Côco.

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Destroy and Create in São Paulo, Brazil

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By Vivian Mocellin in New Events on Tuesday 10 August 2010

A high-energy urban arts scene is emerging in Brazil’s biggest metropolis, making the ‘concrete jungle’, as the city is known, one of the ‘coolest’ places in the world right now. Exploring the relationship between art, architecture and skate, the Matilha Cultural Gallery (Cultural Pack) in the center of São Paulo is hosting the exhibition, Destroy and Create, until September 3.

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Send A Bullet: Kidnappings, murder, corruption

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By Xavier Toby in New Film on Friday 18 June 2010

Kidnappings, murder, high level corruption and ear reconstruction are all part of life in Brazil’s Sao Paulo. The best documentaries cover all angles of a story, and here, nobody has been left out. The police, the government, potential victims and actual victims, a kidnapper, along with a plastic surgeon, the guy who makes bullet proof cars, and a frog farmer all get screen time. It’s a fascinating look into the endemic corruption that’s part of Brazil’s government, and the way the poor are driven to crime.

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Jose Collection by Mauricio Arruda

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By Gerry Mak in New Products on Tuesday 11 May 2010

Brazilian designer Mauricio Arruda created these environmentally friendlier storage units that are fitted for the plastic storage crates found in Brazilian markets rather than wooden drawers, thereby requiring less wood and allowing owners to reuse old crates in a more aesthetically pleasing way.

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