Pan-Amazonian Book Fair in town!

One of the largest literary fairs in the country is in Belém at the Hangar (Center of Conventions & Amazonian Fairs) starting tomorrow November 6th, 2009 and lasting 10 days. In accordance with Brazil’s Year of France, the Book Fair will be the official closing event which promoted French culture in Brazil and several notable French authors will be in attendance. The 13th edition of the Fair will include 176 stands and the participation of 112 expositions (57 of which are national and 55 being regional). Over half a million people are expected and R$25 million is expected to exchange hands, in accordance with last years numbers.

The event will also include Literary Meetings with the likes of Ariano Suassuna, Emir Sader, Moacir Scliar, Zeca Caramago, Frei Betto, Zuenir Ventura, Laurentino Gomes, Cristovam Tezza and Sérgio Nogueira. Each event will happen at 8PM in the auditorium on the 2nd floor. Also, pocket shows with musical guests Lenine (the 6th) and João Bosco (the 14th) are scheduled.

Entrance is free and the Hangar is open from 10AM to 10PM everyday. The Hangar is located at Av. Dr. Freitas, S/N (Sem Número meaning no number).

Official Site:

Official Schedule (PDF. in Port.)

80 years since Japanese immigration


“On September 16th, 1929, a ship named Manila Maru anchored at the port of Belém. On board were 189 Japanese – 43 families and 9 unmarried people. This month, when the arrival of the first immigrants to the region hits its 80th anniversary, the Japanese community in Belém will have a big celebration. It’s the third Amazon ‘Matsuri’, which in Japanese means festival. This year, as if it could be anything else, the theme of the party is ’80 Years of Japanese Immigration in the Amazon’. The lineup starts this Wednesday (the 16th) and goes until Friday (the 18th), in the Hangar Convention Center with presentations by a theater and drum troupe and of course, lots of Japanese food.” – Portal ORM (translated from Portuguese)

You can find amateur video of the drummers here and of the dance group here (although this one looks better)