The Football’s Done, But Brazil Isn’t…

It’s been a year to remember for Brazil. I don’t know about you, but this summer’s football feast has not only had my mouth watering on the pitch but off it, too. The pristine white beaches, metropolis-like cities, and samba atmosphere have left me in no quandary about packing my bag and booking the first flight to South America.

The football may now be over with the German’s conquering, but with the Olympic Games to build up to in 2016, the carnival is far from over and right at the heart of Brazil’s vibrant culture is Sao Paulo.

The country’s largest city is awash with great events, exciting festivals, and a nightlife that will leave you begging for the sun not to rise. With a range of great events to uncover all year round, here are just a few lined up to whet the appetite and have you touching down at Guarulhos International in no time…

Sticking to the sport theme, Brazil is also well known for its motorsport. The likes of Rubens Barrichello, Felipe Massa, and the late great Ayrton Senna were all born in the city, whilst the Grand Prix on the 7th November is the penultimate race in the F1 schedule.

The chance to watch Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg battle it out for the Drivers’ Championship, sip champagne, and enjoy the 20 degree sunshine makes for one of the most exciting weekends on Sao Paulo’s calendar.

Initiated in 1951, the Bienal de Sao Paulo is the second oldest art biennial in the world behind Venice and has seen participants from 159 countries across the world.

Now in its 31st edition, the event gets underway on September 6 and runs through to December 7 and will surround how art projects can engage with and activate histories, individuals, and communities today.

Taking place in the Pavilion Ciccillo Matarazzo (the incredibly designed building in the heart of Ibirapuera Park), this year will feature over 60 projects on display and is the perfect destination for art lovers wanting to explore the culture amongst the sea of skyscrapers.

But for those wanting to sample a different kind of art, then taking to the tables and discovering the art of poker at the PokerStars BSOP tournament could be the perfect activity for you. Held just outside the city, away from the hustle and bustle of over 11 million inhabitants, the tournament takes place at the Holiday Inn Parque Anhembi – one of the largest hotels in Latin America – and runs through the late stages of November and beginning of December.

So if you’re a whizz on the green felt, get your flight booked because there’s nothing quite as exhilarating as a card festival in one of the most alive atmospheres in the world.

During one of the most exciting festivals on the film circuit, for two weeks Sao Paulo stops and takes in the best new cinema. Over the years, the Sao Paulo International Film Festival has welcomed the likes of Dennis Hopper, Quentin Tarantino, and Alan Parker.

Now in its 38th year, the festival will take place between the 16th and 29th of October and will take in 22 theatres and over 300 movies ranging from directorial debuts to some of the finest filmmakers’ works in show business.

Of course there’s no finer way to cap off a year than with a big knees up to see in 2015. And Sao Paulo does just that.

During Reveillon the bars, nightclubs, and restaurants are teeming with celebrations, whilst the crowds spill onto the street and watch the jaw-dropping fireworks that can be seen for miles around.

Paulista Avenue is at the heart of that, stretching right through the city centre, although heading out of the city may also not be a bad idea.

The coast of Sao Paulo sees thousands flock to celebrate in what is an almost religious date in the country, giving you an unforgettable experience, and a New Year that will never be matched.


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