Tag Archives: 2016

Rio’s samba school parades in 2016

25 Jun

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As reported in Critical Divide’s Rio: The Guide the draw has been made for main parades of the major Rio samba schools, the  Grupo Especial. The parades will take place on the nights of Sunday, 7 February and Monday, 8 February 2016. The order will be:

Sunday, 7 February 2016

  • Estácio de Sá
  • União da Ilha
  • Beija-Flor
  • Grande Rio
  • Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel
  • Unidos da Tijuca

Monday, 8 February 2016

  • Vila Isabel
  • Salgueiro
  • São Clemente
  • Portela
  • Imperatriz Leopoldinense
  • Mangueira

Six schools will parade on Sunday night and six on Monday and they will start at 21.30, 22.35, 23.40, 00.45, 01.50 and 02.55.

Based on the results of the last six carnivals (2010-2015), the League of Samba Schools (LIESA) ranks the top ten samba schools in Rio de Janeiro as:

Unidos da Tijuca (95 points)
Beija-Flor (81)
Salgueiro (69)
Unidos de Vila Isabel (53)
Grande Rio (47)
Imperatriz Leopoldinense (34)
Portela (34)
Mangueira (29)
União da Ilha do Governador (17)
Mocidade Independente de Padre Miguel (16)

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Rio de Janeiro unveils the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic look

5 Aug

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With now less than two years until the start of the Rio Olympics on 5 August 2016, the Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has launched and unveiled the new “look” for the Games.

The look will become familiar over the coming years and at the games itself as it will be used to decorate and enhance the sports facilities and the city, in addition to appearing on tickets, uniforms, credentials, licensed products, stores and more.

People that know Rio well will recognise many of the city’s famous landmarks that have been woven into the colourful design.

The new image, the organisers say, was inspired by Brazil, Brazilians and Rio de Janeiro:  “The look is multicoloured and vibrant as the harmonic diversity of our people. The look is organic and engaging like an embrace, inspired by our lush nature and human warmth. It brings fluid and energetic features, like our art, our identity.”

The games has also unveiled the logos to be used by the cities hosting the Olympic football tournament. As well as Rio they include the World Cup host cities and stadiums of Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Salvador and São Paulo.

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Rio selects the design for the 2016 Olympic Golf Course

8 Mar

The Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games has selected US based Hanse Golf Course Design to develop the golf course for the games in 2016, when golf returns to the Olympic programme after an absence of 112 years.

Hanse Golf Course Design was selected from eight finalists as the candidate that most aptly met the selection criteria. The proposal was cited by the games organisers for its design characteristics, including the use of the natural dune formations and for keeping the natural contours of the land.

The course will be built at Reserva de Marapendi in Barra da Tijuca, the district that will contain the largest number of Rio Olympic Games venues. It will be located approximately five kilometres from the Athletes’ Village and seven kilometres from the Main Press Centre (MPC) and the International Broadcast Centre (IBC), south of Avenida das Americas and north of Lagoa de Marapendi. After the 2016 Olympic Games, the course will be used as a public facility with the aim of promoting golf in Brazil.

“As it marks the return of golf to the Olympic Games after over a century of absence, this course represents the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the sport. It will enable Rio to host important events in the international calendar and it will be an example of sustainability and preservation of an environmentally protected area,” said the President of Rio 2016, Carlos Arthur Nuzman.

Gilbert S. Hanse, 48, the founder and President of Hanse Golf Course Design, boasts a portfolio of internationally renowned golf courses. In 2009, Golf Magazine elected Hanse “Architect of the Year”, and in the same year his Castle Stuart course in Scotland was considered to be “the Best New International Course.” In 2011 it was voted 56 on Golf Magazine’s list of the top 100 courses in the world. It is home to the Scottish Open.

Hanse has teamed up with LPGA and World Golf Hall of Fame member, Amy Alcott, for the Rio project. Alcott amassed 29 professional victories on the LPGA Tour including five majors.

The other design finalists for Rio included: Gary Player Design, Greg Norman Golf Course Design, Hawtree Ltd., Nicklaus Design, Renaissance Golf Design, Robert Trent Jones II and Thomson Perrett.