CasaBloco shows a mix of Brazilian carnivals at MAM, Rio de Janeiro

A project created with the aim of bringing together the multiplicity of demonstrations and the diversity of groups and rhythms that are part of the Brazilian carnival, CasaBloco is preparing to hold its fifth edition, for the first time in the gardens, pilotis, hall and cinematheque of the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro (MAM), from the 25th to the 28th of this month. The project's creator and general director, Rita Fernandes, commented that if it weren't for the two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, this would be the seventh edition of CasaBloco. “But I’m happy, we’re growing,” he told Brazil Agency.


Project created with the aim of bringing together the multiplicity of demonstrations and the diversity of groups and rhythms that are part of the Brazilian carnival, CasaBloco...


This year, also for the first time, the project debuted during the pre-carnival in Olinda (PE) on the 13th and 14th of January. “It was really cool. There was total support from the Pernambuco public. A mix of Rio and Pernambuco carnivals that talk a lot and have a lot of affinity. There were no more tickets to sell. This signals to us that in 2025 there will be more.” “My meat is from carnival, my heart is the same” is the motto of this year's edition of CasaBloco, whose work aims to mix carnivals in Brazil.


– We say it’s mixing to spread – said Rita. “Because we come together here so that, later, the groups can make new connections, travel to other states, to other cities. Because, as you show work that, sometimes, is very localized in Pernambuco, or Pará or São Paulo, and show it to a wider audience, by giving visibility you allow them to circulate more, to be hired for other festivals.”


Rita maintained that the proposal is to give visibility to carnival traditions, regional initiatives and, also, to promote this exchange, this mixture of different rhythms, different languages, but which all talk about carnival. The daytime program will be completely free, involving workshops, cinema sessions with carnival films, conversation circles, fashion fairs and artistic interventions on pilotis. In the evening, tickets can be purchased at Ingresse platform. To the shows At night, the rating is for people over 18 years old.




The CasaBloco Film Festival will show 12 carnival-themed films. The screening will take place at the MAM Cinemateca, free of charge. The short and feature films selected tell the story of personalities from samba and the carnival universe. Among the highlights are February, directed by Marcio Debellian; Andança – The Encounters and Memories of Beth Carvalho, directed by Pedro Bronz; It is Salgueiro – A Different Couple, directed by Pedro Monteiro and Daniel Brunet.


The project also has a fair that brings together 32 entrepreneurs and artisans, offering products focused on carnival fashion, such as props, accessories, costumes and makeup. Since the first year, the A Rua É Nossa fair has been a social action by CasaBloco that does not charge participants in any way. The spaces and stalls are provided and all proceeds from the sale of products go to the artisans.




On the 25th, CasaBloco Open Doors will take place, with all free programming and ticket collection on the Ingress platform. The attractions start at 2pm. In addition to workshops on props with recycled materials and artistic makeup, film shows, a fashion and gastronomy fair and a conversation with carnival artist Leandro Vieira, from Imperatriz Leopoldinense, and filmmaker Marcio Debellian are scheduled. The theme is the singer Maria Bethânia and its development for carnival, as a plot for the Mangueira Samba School, in 2016. With the tribute to Maria Bethânia, Leandro Vieira debuted in the Special Group and gave Mangueira the title of Rio carnival champion.


After the Filhos de Gandhi block cleans the place, there will be a presentation by two other groups: Pororoca Purpurina, a group of singers from various blocks in Rio de Janeiro; and Quizomba. “This is a Rio day, an opening day, for us to welcome our friends”, highlighted Rita Fernandes.




On other days, there will be a mix of artists and groups from various Brazilian states. On the 26th, the highlight will be the carnivals in Rio de Janeiro, Pernambuco and Bahia. Cordão do Boitatá opens the night and then hosts the historic sequence of giants of Pernambuco music, with Lenine & Spok and Alceu Valença. The Bahian presence is in charge of Timbalada who, after a long time, returns to perform in Rio. DJ Cyro, from Rio, and Pernambuco's Lala K, bring the best of Brazilian music to the CasaBloco dance floor. That same day (26), the conversation is with the commentator and carnival scholar, Milton Cunha, together with guests, in the lecture Carnival and Literature.


On Saturday, CasaBloco hosts Bloco Ritaleena, from São Paulo, with the greatest hits of Rita Lee, the queen of rock. Next, there is the pop by Fernanda Abreu from Rio, who invites Sandra Sá. Romanticism takes over the festival with Ferrugem, Sidney Magal and the Fogo & Paixão block. The DJ duo Tropicals takes over the night with a mix of electronic music and MPB, which also features DJ Cyro.


Sunday is samba day and also for the kids. The party starts with Carimbaby, bringing the best of carimbó for the family to dance to their heart's content. Bloco Gravata Florida makes its rounds with fun and relaxed performances. Next comes the Terreiro de Crioulo samba circle, with its atabaques. On the main stage, Leci Brandão, Cacique de Ramos and Marcelo D2 perform, while DJs Tamy and Cris Panttoja take over the drums.




The first editions of CasaBloco were held at Casa França-Brasil, a space that highlights art and culture. After the end of the pandemic, in 2022, the project had two editions at Clube Monte Virgínia, in Leblon, South Zone of Rio, known for its tradition in Rio's carnival.


The CasaBloco project responds, in this fifth edition, for the creation of more than a thousand jobs in the pre-production, production and post-production periods. The project also has a partnership with the United Movement of Camelôs (MUCA), founded in 2003 to organize street vendors and defend street vendors. In the field of diversity and employability, people with disabilities were hired through a partnership with the NGO Sorrindo RJ.

Credits: Correio do Brasil

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