Brazilian Carnival and Samba

Brazilian Cultural Month 2010

For the seventh consecutive year, the Pharos Arts Foundation and the Honorary Consulate of Brazil, in collaboration with the Embassy of Brazil in Cyprus, present the Brazilian Culture Month.

Throughout the months of October and November, a series of events dedicated to the arts and culture of Brazil will showcase aspects of the country's culture through art, music, films, books and educational programmes. Events will include the 7th Brazilian Film Festival, the Brazilian Book Month, the educational programme Brazil in the Primary School and a Brazilian jazz concert by Rodrigo Lampeira.


24 September 2010 / PlusSea Lifestyle Bar, Limassol / 21:00
Amathounta Avenue, Coral Beach, Limassol
Tickets: €15 including a drink / For reservations: PlusSea Lifestyle Bar (Tel: 25 634995)
For once more, the Pharos Arts Foundation chooses the city of Limassol to host its Brazilian jazz music gig. The show will take place at PlusSea Lifestyle Bar, the ultimate summer venue, located on the non-interruptive virgin coast named Coral Beach in Limassol.

Rodrigo Lampreia is a happy hipster who hails from Rio de Janeiro. The singer & songwriter is touring Europe for the second time, bringing along his wonderful melodies and delightful harmonies which express all the stunning influences he has enjoyed whilst growing up in Brazil's capital.

Famous for the Samba and Bossa Nova, the carnival that is regarded by many as the greatest show on Earth, the natural splendours of Copacabana and Sugar Loaf and its nightlife that is second to none, Rio de Janeiro is reflected in Rodrigo Lampreia's music. His mix of contemporary and classic songs, where pop music meets Samba and Bossa Nova in a jazzy-funky way is impressive as Lampreia's interpretations are extremely personal and uplifting. His programmes are also enriched by his own songs.

Following in the footsteps of legends such as Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Seu Jorge, Rodrigo Lampreia has appeared in many of Europe's great venues and festivals, including Favela Chic, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, The Brompton Club and The Halo Bar. In one of his appearances at Jazz After Dark, Lampreia duetted with pop-star singer Amy Winehouse who lavished praise on his performance. These amazingly enriching experiences have added zest and provided the final touches to his debut album, shortly to be released upon his return to Brazil.

Lampreia believes that experimentation is what music should be all about. From taking Brazilian music to the dancing floor, to promoting informal street sessions open to whoever catches the Samba virus, exactly as it happens in Rio, to bigger gigs involving large groups of percussionists, all the way to the intimacy of the jazz houses of Soho and Camden Town in London, Rodrigo Lampreia made sure he explored all the musical avenues along the way.

A warm and charismatic performer, Rodrigo Lampreia takes you to a place where people are beautiful, the caipirinha is sweet and the conversation is easy.


10 - 15 October 2010 / The Shoe Factory / 20:30
304 Ermou Street, Nicosia
Entrance: Free
English Subtitles

Sunday 10 October
CARANDIRU / Dir: Hector Babenco (2003)
Carandiru is a Brazilian and Argentine film directed by Hector Babenco. It is based on the book Estação Carandiru (Carandiru Station) by Dr. Drauzio Varella, a physician and AIDS specialist, who is portrayed in the film by Luiz Carlos Vasconcelos. Carandiru tells some of the stories that occurred in Carandiru Penitentiary, which was the biggest prison in Latin America. The story culminates with the 1992 massacre where 111 prisoners died, 102 killed by police. In 2002, one year before the release of the film, the Carandiru Penitentiary was closed.

Monday 11 October
DOMESTICAS / Dir: Fernando Meirelles & Nando Olival (2001)
Five maids in São Paulo are observed in this episodic, impressionistic film. The women interact with each other and have longings: Rai for a husband, Créo for her lost daughter, Roxane for a career in modeling. Quitéria is naive, a gull for thieves. Cida has a husband and also a lover. While each woman gets what she wishes for, more or less, it doesn't always make things better. As Roxane says, No child sets out to become a maid. But once there, are all other doors close

Tuesday 12 October
O OUTRO LADO DA RUA / Dir: Marcos Bernstein (2004)
The amateur sleuth in Marcos Bernstein's feature film début O Outro Lado da Rua (The Other Side of the Street), believes she has witnessed a murder while spying with binoculars on a neighbor. But has she, or is it all a figment of the imagination of a lonely, embittered older woman?This film is well worth watching for its straightforward handling of the problems of aging and loneliness in our ever more impersonal world. It features Brazil's Grand Dame of the stage and television, Fernanda Montenegro (Academy Award nominee for Central Station), who delivers a strong performance as the elderly woman in search of a sense of self.

Wednesday 13 October
UM PASSAPORTE HÚNGARO / Dir: Sandra Kogut (2003 / documentary)
Speaking on the telephone with the Hungarian Consulate, the filmmaker asks: "Does someone whose grandfather is Hungarian have the right to obtain a Hungarian passport?" The question apparently sounds strange. "Yes - It's possible... But, why do you want a Hungarian passport?" The filmmaker asks for the list of necessary documents, but the officer woman still doesn't understand why she wants to become Hungarian. The idea took place on her mind: she is going to ask for the Hungarian nationality. She didn't say a word to anyone but she wouldn't give it up. The administrative process - the request for a passport - is the guiding line of the film. And the filmmaker faces essential questions: what is nationality? What's the use of a passport? What is our heritage? How do we construct our own history and identity?

Thursday 14 October
BIRDWATCHERS / Dir: Marco Bechis (2008)
A boat with tourists is sailing up the river through the jungle. Suddenly they come face-to-face with Indians, naked apart from their paint, with self-made weapons at the ready. The tourists sail on excitedly. The Indians put on their jeans and collect their daily wages. The Guarani, one of Brazil's oldest Indian communities, are forced to live in a reservation. A small group of Guarani decide to leave the reservation and settle in a traditional territory that has belonged to white men for several generations. The clash between two conflicting cultures is conceived as a suspense story with mystical elements. The actors are real Indians with no actor training.

Friday 15 October
MEMÓRIAS PÓSTUMAS / Dir: André Klotzel (2001)
Memórias Póstumas (Posthumous Memories) is based upon Machado de Assis's classic Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas, which was published in 1881 as the first "autobiography" ever written by a dead man. The narrator is a rich dead man, who tells us about his life and times, making fun of both. In fact, the film, like the novel, is really about the problems of telling stories, causing the viewer to think about the nature of the fictional world and the conventions of story-telling itself. There is a constant sense of amusement as new characters are being introduced but then suddenly disappear. Klotzel takes many of the literary devices and transfers them to the screen. In addition, he looks at the parallel conventions of story-telling in the movies and plays with them in ways that echo the cleverness of Machado de Assis. The viewer will want to go back and read Machado de Assis's delicious stories again, after seeing this delightful movie.


1 October / 30 November 2010 / Moufflon Bookshop, Nicosia
1 Sofouli Street, 1096, Nicosia / Tel: 22 665 155


1 / 31 October 2010
In association with The Highgate Primary School, The Junior School and the Pefkios Georgiades Elementary School.