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Brazil: Contemporary artist leads Rio's cultural recovery


Published on Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Brazilian-born contemporary artist Vik Muniz along with a group dedicated to creatively developing cultural initiatives are ambitiously striving to improve Rio de Janeiroís Lapa area. The strategy is to bring new energy to this part of the city through the transformative power of arts.

Lapa is the cultural centre of the city, yet faces a high crime rate and the rich and the poor are very divided. In order to bring the two cultures together, Munizís group is seeking private investment and proposing ideas that include an outdoor exhibition space, a tavern, a school for performing arts, a small public library, a stage for hip hop as well as a graffiti wall.

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These investments are part of a broader picture: in total, Rio is anticipating to receive about $24bn for city-wide initiatives ahead of the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympic Games in 2016.


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