30 August, 2011

Cow Parade 2011

The cow parade returns to Rio this year, with 60 cows having been selected to be exhibited all over the city from the 28th September until the 27th November.

The cow parade is one of the largest and most successful public art events in the world. Life-size fibreglass cows are decorated by local artists and those selected are distributed in public places throughout the city such as subway stations and parks. After being exposed for many months they are auctioned, and the money given to charity. Since 1999 the cow parade has been staged in many cities throughout the world, including London, New York and Tokyo. More than 5000 artists have participated in the Cow parade, and over $22 million raised for charity. The average event has between 75 and 150 cows.

The cow has been chosen as it is a universally loved animal, representing different things to different people around the world. For the purpose of art, the cow has been chosen as the representative animal because of its range and flexibility. The three forms; standing, grazing and lying, provide angles and curves to produce unique works of art. Artists have included both amateurs and professionals. Famous artists who have created cows have included Oliviero Toscani and designer Vivienne Westwood.

24 August, 2011

Prince cancels concert

Prince has cancelled his appearance at the Back2Black festival this weekend. Jorge Ben Jor will be playing instead.

23 August, 2011

Rio’s Back2Black music festival August 26-28

Rio’s Back2Black music festival takes place on the 26th, 27th and 28th August, with headlining acts Macy Gray, Prince, and Seu Jorge. The African music and cultural festival aims to show how African influences have affected contemporary Brazilian culture, with one of the four stages being dedicated entirely to Afro-Brazilian artists. The festival will combine concerts, debates and exhibitions across three days, taking place at the old train station Leopoldina. Tickets for the event are on sale now and start from R$100 for the 26th and 28th, and R$250 to see Prince on the 27th. A ticket for all three days costs R$450.