From August 5th to August 21st, more than 234 events will take place at the Olympic Boulevard, the cultural epicentre of the Rio 2016 Olympics. A three kilometres strip in Porto Maravilha, including Praça Mauá and Orla Conde, as well as Praça XV. There will be Concerts, Djs, and Brazilian artists, to keep the party atmosphere going for thousands of people, all for free. All the stages will show the opening ceremony (on the 5th, at 7:15pm) and the closing ceremony (on the 21st). The events will always take place from 9am to 12am, including broadcasts of the main competitions, in big screens set up around various points. Get your samba feet ready because there’s going to be carnival: samba schools, and carnival street bands will electrify the crowds, a real taste of Rio, which could not have been left out. Check this list with the best attractions of the Olympic Boulevard.
Alternative Brazilian music will be the highlight of this space having bands, DJs, and parties, daily. The concerts start at 5pm Monday to Friday, and at 6pm on Sundays. The broadcasting of the opening ceremony, on the 5th, is scheduled for 7:15pm. Among the high points of the events are Larissa Luz (5th), Festa Selvagem (6th), Do Amor (12th), Matheus VK (15th), Mãeana (18th) and Desumanos (20th). What you really can’t miss is the closing event with the Festa do Baile do Viaduto de Madureira, on the 21st .
The Tá na Rua Institute and the Escola Carioca do Espetáculo Brasileiro are going to invite several artists and street groups to put on 238 shows, including juggling, plays, music, dancing, and mime, during the 18 days of the Olympic Games, in many different places. Besides that, people will be able to appreciate the biggest graffiti mural in the world, almost 3 thousand square meters, signed by Eduardo Kobra, in front of Armazém 3. Still on the subject of Orla Conde, there will be a collaborative intervention by the French artist JR, named ‘Inside Out’: the audience is invited to participate using instant photos that will be printed into paper posters and glued to the floor forming a big mosaic, this will take place during the whole event.
The building called A Noite, located in front of Praça Mauá, will be the target of 3D projections, creating optical illusions. Paulinho Sacramento was the brains behind this idea, the creator of the Video Mapping Festival of Rio de Janeiro, a pioneer in the city. No doubt this is going to be a big visual attraction during the shows.