“Noite Cultural”, Thursday April 25 at 7 p.m. in 312 Norte This time, the Orchestra Sinfonica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro – OSTNCS – directed by Claúdio Cohen, together with Ed Motta will present: Ney Rosauro – 3 Episodios para Orquestra The program starts with a “Sarau Poético” at 7 p.m. Luis Amorim is the owner of the “cultural butchery” of Brasilia T-Bone, and organizing those cultural events twice a year. For that purpose, the complete quadra will be closed and turns an open-air-platform where thousands of fans come to attend the shows, which became famous over the last years and a characteristic of Brasília. Read more about Luis Amorim and his life story and click here. Come and enjoy – this event is a cultural MUST in Brasília!
Each year, on April 19, Brazil commemorates the Dia do Índio which was established by law in 1943 under president Getúlio Vargas. To better understand the meaning of that day, we have to go back to the year 1940, when the first Interamerican Indigenous Congress took place in Mexico. Not only leaders from the Americas were invited to participate in the conferences and decision making processes, but also several heads of indigenous tribes. However, those did not appear during the first days, either concerned or frightened. This was in a way understandable, as the indios had been persecuted and diminished by white men for so many centuries. Nevertheless after some days, few of their leaders started to get engaged in the meetings, as they recognized and realized that they are witnessing a historic moment. This occured on April 19, date which laterwards became the Dia do Índio on the American continent. The Dia do Índio is celebrated in various manners: – in schools, students are investigating on the indigenous culture – museums offer thematic expositions – communities organize festivals Commemorating that day should also remind us of the importance of preserving indigenous tribes, maintaining their lands and respecting their culture. We also should recall repeatedly, that indios already inhabitated Brazil when the Portuguese colonization started in 1500. Since then, lack of respect and diminuation of the indigenous population could be
This monument in the shape of a pyramid (without spire, typical for the architecture of the Aztecs) is another famous work made of glass and concrete designed by Oscar Niemeyer. The white geometrical figures on the outside walls were designed by Athos Bulcão and represent his most monumental work. In the entrance hall, there is a green area, projected by Burle Marx, also showing two sculptures of Brazilian artists: In the interior, the theater disposes of 3 halls, part of them being located under-ground: – Martins Penna with 437 seats – Vila Lobos with 1307 seats and – Alberto Nepomuk with 95 seats The denomination of the theater is in honour of Cláudio Franco de Sá Santoro (1919 – 1989), who was a Brazilian composer. Santoro studied in Rio de Janeiro and in Paris with Nadia Boulanger. From 1939 on, he was a professor at the conservatory of Rio de Janeiro, teaching composition. The theater was inaugurated on March 6, 1979, and became the base of the Orquestra Sinfônica do Teatro Nacional Claudio Santoro (OSTNCS). The orchestra was founded by Cláudio Santoro himself in March 1979 and is one of the most important ones in Brazil. Since then, the OSTNCS gave thousands of concerts, also abroad, accompanying famous national and international soloists, and recording repertoires of Brazilian music like „Sinfonias dos 500 anos“ and „Classicos do Samba“