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This cultural center, Brazil's first neo-classical building, was built in 1820. Designed by French architect Grandjean de Montigny, it started as an indoor market. Today, it is home to different exhibitions reflecting the cultural relationship between France and Brazil, through exhibits that include painting, photography, prints and sculpture. Entry is free. There is also a restaurant on the premises.
Culture is integral and that is exactly what Caixa Cultural strives towards. Deepening into the cultural roots, the community showcases several theater acts, music shows, dance and spectacular exhibitions of arts and craft from time to time. Most of the shows are meant for students so as to encourage more participation from them. Responsible for preserving the cultural and historical heritage, Caixa Cultural is the pride of the city.
An imposing domed building that dates back to the late 19th Century in the heart of the downtown district, this is one of the country's best cultural centers. It includes a cinema with high-quality art films, state-of-the-art theaters, and a large exhibition of fine arts and photography, with some permanent exhibitions like the collection of Brazilian coins. Displays are diverse, ranging from photography to experimental film festivals. Daily newspapers will have the schedule of events, some of which are free of charge.
The Centro Cultural Carioca is known in Rio de Janeiro as one of the best places to come and enjoy performing arts. The center strives to promote its culture through the medium of arts and showcases various dance and theatrical events with the same point of view. It also serves as a great live music venue to the locals, wherein both local bands and international names come to entertain audiences. The theater performances are varied in nature and so are the dance events, though samba remains the favorite among all dance forms. The center conducts various classes in Brazilian dance forms for enthusiasts. So whether you want to hone your acting skills or perfect your samba moves, this center is a good option to get your training from.
The former supreme court in Rio de Janeiro re-opened in 2001 to be rechristened the Centro Cultural de Justicia Federal. The latest infrastructural needs were then added to the building. However, in doing so, its distinct architectural features and old world splendor were left untouched. The center houses a theater, library, exhibition room and over ten rooms which are also utilized for activities. The center regularly puts up theatrical, music, dance and other cultural performances.
Famous for hosting traditional dance and musical performances, Estudantina Musical has been entertaining the Rio crowd since 1932. With decades of experience to its credit, this venue is famous for putting up shows of varied genres. More popular as an old dance hall, Estudantina Musical is a historic landmark, for you would find but very few locals who have not heard of the grandeur and charm of this place.
Straight from fantasyland is this late 19th-century neo-gothic palace sticking right out of Guanabara Bay. Designed by Adolfo del Vecchio and completed in 1889, it was used to keep an eye on naval operations, and now houses a museum dedicated to the Brazilian Navy. It was also the site of the last Imperial Ball.
This 'cultural house' in Lapa is a venue for artistically-minded locals to gather at events. Some of the events happening here are live poetry recitals, theater performances and live music from samba to chorinho. It's a pleasant space with exposed brick walls and the works of local artists displayed on the walls and hung from the ceilings. Open for public events, as well as private parties, the bar serves a good version of the traditional caipirinha cocktail, and the beer is served as the temperature outside requires.