Starting on June 07th, Rio de Janeiro hosts the 2018 edition of the Virada Sustentável Festival. Virada is a mobilization and awareness movement for sustainability and it’s the largest festival on this theme in Brazil. The event is held in the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro and it is the second of the year: the first one was held in Porto Alegre and the next ones should take place in Manaus, Salvador and São Paulo, where the initiative started in 2011.
Today, the thematic design of Virada Sustentável is based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), set by the UN in 2015. The SDGs are an agreement signed by all UN Member States and encourages companies and citizens to meet the goal of wiping out poverty, ensuring food security for all and protecting the planet from environmental threats, among other goals, by 2030.
The Virada Sustentável Festival Schedule in Rio de Janeiro
The Virada Sustentável Festival in Rio de Janeiro starts with an ecological regatta competition with partners and collaborators of the Grael Project, in Jurujuba, Niterói, where the documentary Urban Bay (Baía Urbana in Portuguese) will be shown, with Ricardo Gomes. Right on the first day, there will be debates and panels on social equality, public safety and urban mobility.
The panel officially opens the event on Friday, 8th, at 8:30 am, at the Rio Art Museum (MAR). On the stage, Daniel Mancebo, from the City Hall of Rio, Jorge Soto, sustainable development director of Braskem, Shyrlei Rosendo, from Redes da Maré, and Marina Grossi, from the Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS), will talk about the subject.
In addition to taking place at the MAR, there will be activities carried out throughout the city, especially in places like the Environmental Museum, in Figueiras Park (Lagoon), the Maré Museum, the Cantagalo Hill, the Sugar Loaf and the Lapa Arches, where the singer Elza Soares will perform the show “The Voice and the Machine” (A Voz e a Máquina in Portuguese) at 9:30 p.m., on Friday the 8th.
São Paulo will host the third edition of the event in 2018 from August 23rd to 26th.
All activities at the Virada Festival are free; attendees, however, must register beforehand. Have a look at the schedule at the official festival’s website.