Exhibition in Beirut portrays culture of Pará

19 de setembro de 2017

São Paulo – A photo exhibition shows to Brazilians living in Lebanon and to the Lebanese the culture of Pará, a state in the Amazon region in the North of Brazil. The pictures were taken by the Pará-born Tarso Sarraf and can be seen at the Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center in Beirut until September 29. The exhibit opened last week.

Named “Pará: Faith, Culture and Nature”, the exhibition features 30 images. According to the head of the Cultural Department at Brazil’s embassy in Lebanon, Thiago Oliveira, the photos show iconic places of local culture, among them the Guajará bay, the Guamá river, kids having fun in a beach in Bragança, river bank communities, games played by the Indians that live in the region, the procession of Círio de Nazaré.

Oliveira explains that the Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center talks about a region of Brazil whenever it can. The Center has a project for a regional cultural cycle and this year it already has presented, within the initiative, the state of Minas Gerais. A similar event about the state of Bahia should take place until the end of 2017, says Oliveira.

The photo exhibition opened alongside other events related to the Pará culture. The Brazilian chef Felipe Rameh prepared dishes for a tasting of the state’s local food, with a menu that included tapioca, rice with duck in the tucupi sauce, Amazon fish broth and Brazilian chocolate. Rameh, a prized chef, is the grandson of Lebanese grandparents and one of the partners of restaurant Alma Chef, located in Belo Horizonte. He was travelling at the time to Lebanon.

The professor of History of International Affairs and History of Brazilian Foreign Policy of the Federal University of Pará, Ioneida Cavalcanti da Cunha, made an introduction of the state. The professor has a Law major at the same university. 65 people attended the opening of the event, according to information released by the Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center.

Oliveira says that the photo exhibition attracts both Brazilians and Lebanese that want to know more of Brazilian culture and photo enthusiasts. The exhibition can be seen from Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 8 pm. Admission is free.

The Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center is part of the Cultural Department of Brazil’s embassy in Beirut and aims to promote the Portuguese language, Brazilian literature and other aspects of the Brazilian culture through various activities.

Quick info:
Phosto exhibition “Pará: Faith, Culture and Nature”
Until September 29, 2017
Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center
Mar Mitr Street, Achrafieh, Beirut – Lebanon
Visitation from 10 am to 8 pm – Admission free

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani