• Espaço Cultural Renato Russo 508 Sul

    Dec 2, 18 • Marion • Cultural life, TopicsComments Off on Espaço Cultural Renato Russo 508 SulRead More »

       The story of this space begins in 1974, when sheds, that housed the headquarters of the extinct Fundacao Cultural do Distrito Federal, become the Teatro Galpao. The first play staged here was „O homem que Enganou o Diabo e ainda Pedia Troco“, by journalist Luiz Gutemberg under direction of Lais Aderne. A success of public and critic. In 1975, diplomat Wladimir Murtinho, by that time head of Secretaria de Educacao e Cultura, was enthusiastic about the possibilities of the space, which in 1977 was remodelled and renamed Centro de Criatividade. This included, besides the Galpao Theater, the Galpaozinho and the art galleries. It became a meeting point of the artists of the city. Under the name of Espaco Cultural 508 Sul, the place underwent renovations and after four years having been closed , it was reopened in 1993 with a strong vocation for training in the arts. In 2003, as homage to the leader of the band Legiao Urbana, the place was renamed Espaco Cultural Renato Russo and further consolidated itself an essential part of the artistic and cultural formation of the youth of the Federal District. Ten years later, in 2013, the space was closed once again, initially to make adjustments in electrical and hydraulic installations, fire fighting and accessibility. In November 2016, without altering its characteristics, a new reform was initiated, preserving its tradition and its history. On top of that, the

  • “A Arte Decora” – Rosana Cardoso, tiles & mosaics

    Jul 17, 18 • Marion • Cultural life, TopicsComments Off on “A Arte Decora” – Rosana Cardoso, tiles & mosaicsRead More »

    Rosana Cardoso is considered a tiles’ seeker since 30 years. What started as a hobby, rescuing old wall and floor tiles from historical sites (churches, colonial houses) to be demolished, and collecting them, turned out to become a profession. Besides restoring old pieces, the artist nowadays produces tiles with traditional motives, but also in the style of Athos Bulcao, and personalized mosaics. Her private collection counts with unique artworks of Athos Bulcao, Burle Marx and others. Shop-atelier at 510 SUL, bl.

  • Brasília Palace Hotel

    Jul 5, 18 • Marion • Gastronomia, History, TopicsComments Off on Brasília Palace HotelRead More »

    The Brasília Palace Hotel was the second building to be finalized in the new capital. Contruction works started in September 1957 and the hotel, originally named Hotel de Turismo, was inaugurated on June 30, 1958, the same day as the Palácio do Planalto. At that time, it had been decided that no other building of the new capital could be inaugurated before the presidential palace. It was the principal place to host the authorities coming to Brasília to watch the construction works going on. The building was designed by Oscar Niemeyer, and possesses two artworks of Athos Bulcao: a huge outdoor tiled wall and a panel in the banqueting-hall (the former dining hall).                             With 13.000 covered square meters, the hotel was projected with a length of 160 meters and 3 floors. Composed of a metal structure, it was the first construction work using steel “Made in Brazil”. In total, 905 tons of nationally produced steel were needed. The hotel also was the first in Brazil equipped with air-condition. The banqueting-hall „Athos Bulcao” received great artists like Chico Buarque, Elis Regina, Toquinho and Vinicius de Moraes. The music “Água de Beber” was performed in the hotel bar for the first time, in 1959. Half of the hotel’s capacity hosted the American Embassy for about 10 months, from May 1960 till

  • Walking Tour: 308 SUL – model quarter

    May 5, 18 • Marion • City ToursComments Off on Walking Tour: 308 SUL – model quarterRead More »

    Devised by urbanist Lucio Costa (1902 – 1998) as the basic element of the Pilot Plan, this model quarter had been the first to be built in town, together with 108 SUL which had been designed completely by Oscar Niemeyer (1907 – 2012).     It is made up of four residential superblocks, and counts with the complete infrastructure of daily life, such as kindergarten, school, library, health center, church (Igrejinha d N.S. da Fatima), social club (Clube da vizinhanca) and movie theater (Cine Brasília).     The landscaping is by Roberto Burle Marx. The model quarter was listed as District Heritage on April 20, 2009. The Walking Tour includes the visit of the chapel Igrejinha da N.S. de Fatima (with tiles by Athos Bulcao) and also gives you the opportunity to meet D. Lourivaldo, owner of the „Banca da 308 SUL“, the first and thus oldest kiosk in town.       Availability: any day of the week, to be booked for closed groups Duration: 1 ½ hours Number of participants: max. 10 Investment: total of R$

  • Tiradentes – April, 21 – Brasilia’s Birthday

    Apr 21, 18 • Marion • HistoryComments Off on Tiradentes – April, 21 – Brasilia’s BirthdayRead More »

    Tiradentes and the Inconfidência Mineira In the last quarter of the 18th century, Vila Rica de Nossa Senhora do Pilar do Ouro Preto was a dynamic place. Gold had brought great wealth to the city and this was translated into fine religious and secular buildings. Much of the artistry that went into these constructions and their decoration was home-grown, such as the genuis of O Aleijadinho. In conjunction with this flowering of the arts an intellectual society developed. And yet all this went on under the heavy hand of the Portuguese crown, which demanded its fifth share (the quinto), imposed punitive taxes and forbade local industries to operate. While the artists and artisans could not travel and had to seek inspiration in what was around them, the intellectuals were often from families who sent their young to Europe to further their education. So, when the gold yields began to decline and the Portuguese demands became even more exorbitant, some members of society began to look to Europe and North America for ways to free Minas Gerais from the crown. One side of the argument was the view of the governor, the Visconde de Barbacena, who refused to admit that the mines were exhausted and that poverty was beginning to affect the community. As far as he was concerned, there was no gold because it was being smuggled out of the

  • Walking Tour “Bosque dos Constituintes & SAFS”

    Mar 30, 18 • Marion • City Tours, TopicsComments Off on Walking Tour “Bosque dos Constituintes & SAFS”Read More »

    This Walking Tour starts at the „Bosque dos Constituintes“ which is located at the lower part of the Esplanada dos Ministerios and hosts cultural institutions like the „Espaco Israel Pinheiro“ and the „Espaco Oscar Niemeyer“.       Crossing the park, we enter into the area of SAFS with its imposing architectural buildings like – Procuradoria Geral da República (PGR) – Tribunal de Contas da Uniao (TCU) – Superior Tribunal Federal (STF) – Itamaraty        You will certainly experience this part of Brasília in a new way and with exceptional different views onto buildings that you already know.        Also cultural works (originals / reproductions) of Athos Bulcao, Candido Portinari and Omar Franco can be visited during this excursion.   Availability: on any working day, for min. 4 persons Duration: 2 hours (10 – 12 a.m.) Investment: R$ 50 per person

  • Walking Tour: SBS, SAS, SCS

    Aug 28, 17 • Marion • City Tours, Topics, TourismComments Off on Walking Tour: SBS, SAS, SCSRead More »

    Eventually you already got accustomed to Brasilia’s peculiarity of abbreviations and know what SBS, SAS and SCS stand for? But even though, I guess you’ve never merged into those areas of the city, which are: SBS = Setor Bancario Sul SAS = Setor de Autarquias Sul SCS = Setor Comercial Sul May be you haven’t visit yet these parts of the city because normally parking is difficult and/or you simply feel restraint going there by yourself. With HOM-ing’s Walking Tour you will discover the architectural beauty of the administration buildings, cultural institutions like Caixa Cultural, Museu de Valores, Museu Nacional dos Correios, Casa da Cultura da América Latina (CAL) and, at the same time, witness the daily working life of the Brazilians while walking through the Galeria dos Estados and the various passages where street-vendors offer any kind of merchandise (from fresh fruits to clothes and household utilities).   The tour ends – optionally – with a lunch at the restaurant “Coisas da Terra”. Duration: 2-3 hours Available: any working day (preferably starting at 10 a.m.) Participation: max. 8 persons Investment: R$ 50 per person (min. R$ 200)

  • Round-tables with Dra. Sylvia Domack, homeopath from Germany

    May 8, 17 • Marion • Health Issues, TopicsComments Off on Round-tables with Dra. Sylvia Domack, homeopath from GermanyRead More »

    Homeopathy in Germany has a long tradition and education and practice enjoy a high reputation worldwide. Homeopathic treatments both for prevention and in case of diseases are seen as alternative medicine and become more and more popular. Any kind of remedies used by homeopaths is based on phytotherapy. This is the natural way to stay healthy and treat diseases, which is more recommendable than the intake of chemical-based medicine. This aspect is especially important for women during and after pregnancies, for children and for elderly persons when age-related disorders increase. Dra. Sylvia Domack gained professional experience during the last 16 years with her own clinic in Frankfurt. Being on visit in Brasilia, she offers round-tables explaining the advantages of homeopathy as a more healthy alternative to traditional medical treatment giving short introductions to various subjects, like: Wednesday, May 10: Cholesterin – is it good or bad? Risk factors for heart disease, high blood   pressure and strokes. What kind of nutrition, food or diet is really helpful. Tuesday, May 16: Diets and nutrition for sport – how you can help your body to build up strengh, duration end effectiveness in a positive and easy way. Wednesday, May 17: Nutritional care for pregnancy and children’s growth. Important vitamins and minerals for  child’s development. Friday, May 19: Boost your memory! – How well balanced nutrition may help to improve and maintain good memory, and also to avoid mental diseases (e.g. Alzheimer) The meetings take place at lunch time 12.30 – 14.30 at the vegetarian

  • Walking Tour: Brasília – Vila Planalto

    May 8, 17 • Marion • Excursions, TopicsComments Off on Walking Tour: Brasília – Vila PlanaltoRead More »

    Vila Planalto is the oldest part of Brasília where workers and engineers had been settled during the construction period of the town. The village was supposed to be demolished  after the inauguration of Brasília, but the families refused to move away. The Walking Tour shows you a picture of 50 years of urban architecture of Brasília, – a scale from still existing wooden houses to modern concrete buildings. You will live moments of day-to-day life of Brazilian village people which is complete different from the rest of the capital. Vila Planalto, being centrally located, recently became popular for urban living. Its  gastronomic scene is amazing, – you will know some of the more than 40 restaurants and lanchonetes which are mainly frequented for lunch time. And you will be shown some selected shops and services of general interest.   From the external street, along green areas, you will enjoy a magnificant view onto the Lago Paranoa and the Digital TV Tower. Availability: any day (except Sunday) with prior notice of min. 1 week before date Participation: closed groups of min. 4 – max. 6 persons Duration: 2 hours from 10 – 12 a.m. Investment: R$ 50 / person   Remarks: – The tour can also be booked by 1-3 persons; in this case, the minimum investment of R$ 200 will be charged and divided among the participants. – Single persons interested might

  • Visits to Brazilian artists’ ateliers – textile production & design: Tecelagem Artesanal de Unai

    Mar 4, 17 • Marion • Cultural life, Excursions, TopicsComments Off on Visits to Brazilian artists’ ateliers – textile production & design: Tecelagem Artesanal de UnaiRead More »

    Weaving always had been a traditional activity and income source in the state of Minas Gerais where cotton is cultivated since ever. The process of the cotton being planted, harvested, carded, spun, dyed (with natural plant materials) and woven has been taken place in fazendas involving all family members. The final product – threads or cloths were used for proper necessities of the families or exchanged for other items needed. Dona Cândida Sardinha was one of the pioneers of weaving in Unai. She moved there from Madeira (Portugal) and brought with her broad experiences in weaving – both techniques and design. Her wall carpets gained worldwide reputation. Along with rural exodus and the experienced women becoming older, the necessity of rescuing the regional tradition and knowledge of weaving was recognized. Finally, in 1966 a chacara was donated to the Associacao Beneficiente Natal Justino da Costa, and in 1999 the project „Tecelagem Artesanal de Unai“ was inaugurated. The project is considered to be a cultural and historical rescue, also maintaining the dignity and knowledge of human kind. It provides work for people of all ages and training and working opportunities for disabled persons (deaf and dumble). Its sustainability is assured by the work of volunteers and sales of the final products in an own shop. Location: 160 km out of Brasilia Excursion: bookable for individual groups of min. 8 persons on

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