PICTURES FROM 23rd to 28th JANUARY 2003:
See pictures related to the 3rd WSF clicking here.
PICTURES FROM 12th JANUARY 2003:
for the 3rd WSF:
23 and 27 January, Porto Alegre will be hosting the 3o.
Fórum Social Mundial.
A few days before, other three events of worldwide relevance will take
place: the Fórum Mundial da Educação,
the III Fórum de Autoridades Locais and the Fórum
Internacional em Defesa da Saúde dos Povos.
100,000 visitors are being expected at the 3rd WSF. Thus, the city is
getting ready for the event. Among the venues, there are the Maurício
Sirotsky Sobrinho Park (known as the "Harmony Park"), which
will be made into a canvas city, and the Marinha do Brasil Park, which
will host events as well as live music concerts at the Sunset
Harmony Park, some visitors have already arrived with their canvases and
tents. In addition, restrooms and showers are being placed there, as
well as canvas roofs to diminish the effects of sun and heat.
pictures related to the 2003' WSF:
See again some selected pictures of the 2nd WSF:
See again the most expressive picture of the 2nd WSF (to the person in charge of this site): 1
Memmorial of the
Department of Justice of Rio Grande do Sul (Memorial do Ministério Público):
December, the restoration process of one of the most expressive
buildings in the history of Rio Grande do Sul ended. It is the Memmorial
of the Department of Justice.
offices of the Department of Justice of Rio Grande do Sul have already
been located in the building, including the Attorney General's. The
Matrix Square, this way, represents one more branch of power: the
Department of Justice.
the beginning, when the cornerstone was laid, the building was supposed
to be the new office of the Provincial Assembly. It ended up having
different uses, including, as of 1896, being the Temporary Palace, while
the new government building, the Piratini Palace, was being built.
Timeline of the
The real estate was acquired on 5 September 1857. The construction
started, with an L-shaped ground plan and a façade with two towers. It
was supposed to host the Provincial Assembly, something that has never
It hosted the General Directorship for Business of the Provincial
Treasury, the Arms Command of the Province of São Pedro, the Telegraph
Office and the Directorship of Public Works;
The State's 1st Meteorological Observatory was installed in
the northern tower;
The southern section was built, with a U-shaped ground plan;
- 1896-1921: It
served as the temporary office of the state's government, officially
named as Temporary Government Palace; the state presidents Júlio de
Castilhos, Carlos Barbosa Gonçalves and Antônio Augusto Borges de
Medeiros governed from there;
- 1899: A
new pavement was built between the towers and in the northern section,
as well as a new tower upon the northern tower;
Old coach houses were built;
The Meteorological Observatory went out of business;
It hosted the former Directorship of Hygiene and Health of the Health
It was set to be demolished, something that has never come true;
- 1963-1988: It
hosted several offices of the Secretariat of the Countryside and Justice
and of the Supreme Court of the State – such as the Magistracy
Superior School, Family Courts, the Transportation Sector, the Centre of
Workers at the Special Jurisdiction Appellate Court and of the Supreme
Court of the State;
The building was listed by the State, under No. 7, according to
administrative rule 03/1982 – 14 July, named as Government Palace;
1986: the heritage status was ratified according to
administrative rule 13/1986, on 26 November 1986;
the heritage status was published on the State's official journal, on 5
the State released the building to be the Justice Department;
beginning of the restoration process;
beginning of the restoration works;
end of the restoration works, coordinated by Ediolanda Liedke.
building has already had several denominations: Building for the
Provincial Assembly, Building of Public Offices, Building of Public
Works and Coach House Palace. It is popularly known as "Fort
Apache", because of its shape, with two towers – one of them
large and fortified. The building's restoration has been masterly
carried through, preserving and restoring old elements, to which some
modern ones have been added. One visit to the premises allows for a real
journey throughout the history of Porto Alegre, to find out construction
techniques and practices and the use of materials throughout history.
The oldest elevator in the state is located there.
shares space sensibly with the society, developing there several
programmes of the social, cultural or even leisure kind, such as the
Programme of Research and Publications, of Exhibitions and Events, of
Oral Memory and others. Even a bistro will work there, open to the
general public. This way, a very rich and important space exists in
Porto Alegre, outlined by Praça da Matriz, joining other very
significant ones, such as the São Pedro Theatre, Santander Cultural
Museum, Margs, State Memmorial, Mário Quintana Culture Centre, Érico
Veríssimo House ano others.
panoramic photographs, external and internal, of the restored building:
Views of the Matrix Square, from the tower of observation:
PICTURES FROM 5th JANUARY 2003:
Claus bids farewell:
to Christian traditions, this is day when people celebrate the arrival
of the three magi, coming from the East, to visit and give gifts to
Jesus, who was lying on a manjedoura,
in the town of Bethlehem (Palestine), with gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Saint Nicholas Day is also celebrated on this day. The saint is of
Italian origin and used to give gifts to small children. Now, the
Christmas period is finished all over the world, and all pieces of
decoration are put in and stored for new exhibitions in the next year.
Alegre, the Shopping
Center Iguatemi worked hard in the Christmas decoration, with lots
of very rich and suggestive adorns and themes, creating a very beautiful
"Christmas spirit" that fascinated everybody, from children to
adults, from habitués to occasional visitors that went there to admire
pictures of the adorns in the corridors and internal spaces of the
PICTURES FROM 23rd DECEMBER 2002:
on the mountains of RS:
No other place in
southern Brazil expresses the spirit of Christmas as much as the cities
of Gramado, Canela and Nova Petrópolis, in the region known as "The
Gaúcho Mountains". To spend a few hours or days there, enjoying
adorned streets and houses, Christmas songs, numerous events, lights,
fireworks and many other beautiful things, seems to transport us to a
very magic and enchanted world. Children and adults make up many stories,
play along and visit Santa Claus' house, as if they were in a real
See some pictures:
PICTURES FROM 19th DECEMBER 2002:
1) The Christmas Bus Chronicle;
PICTURES FROM 15th DECEMBER 2002:
at Igreja Matriz:
When Christmas and the
New Year come closer, a new spirit, made up of joy and hope, takes over
people – no matter if they are children, adults or elderly.
Singing is one of the
most subtle and rich ways of manifesting human feelings. At Christmas,
singing delights the soul and creates an excitingly magic world.
In many towns, the
municipalities, along with local people, promote several Christmas
events. Among the most important ones in Rio Grande do Sul, there are
the "Natal Luz" (Christmas of the Lights) in Gramado;
and the "Sonhos de Natal" (Christmas Dreams) in Canela.
However, there are numerous smaller and local events, such as the
"Concerto Natalino" (Christmas Concert) in Bom
Princípio and the "Natal Conto e Canto" (Christmas of
Short Stories and Singing) in São
Vendelino (which calls itself "The Little Paradise").
During the night of
the 15th of December 2002, several choruses from the town
sang Christmas songs, touching the audience and "helping establish
and renew the spirit of Christmas for many generations".
See some pictures of
choruses singing at the Igreja Matriz, built in 1900:
PICTURES FROM 6th DECEMBER 2002:
RIO DE JANEIRO-RJ
the auditorium of BNDES (Banco
Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social – National Bank of
Economic and Social Development), the 20 most innovative experiences
of the 2002' Award Circle of the Programa
de Gestão Pública e Cidadania – Programme of Public Management and
Citizenship, promoted by FGV-SP (Getúlio
Vargas Foundation, São Paulo), and sponsored by BNDES
and Ford Foundation.
There were 988
applications from all over the country, in many different fields. From
the RS, two initiatives reached the finals: Environmental Licensing (from
Porto Alegre) and
CITRESUL- Intermunicipal Consortium for the Treatment of Urban Solid
Residues (from Três
Passos-RS and other neighbouring towns in the "Celeiro"
The project of
underground traffic in Porto Alegre rationalises the occupation of the
underground and air space, allowing for a reduction of street
excavations, is environmentally friendly and makes it feasible to
implement a citywide optical fibre network, capable of linking several
offices and institutions as part of a large public communications
network. To some extent, the project causes what was privatised in the
field of telecommunications to be public again. Some people say that
"a lemonade has been made out of a lemon".
The CITRESUL project
groups together several towns around Três Passos, in a joint effort to
collect and recycle urban residues. According to the project, the city
governments are responsible for campaigns toward the local people and
for collecting the rubbish; and the Consortium is responsible for the
trial, separation and final destination of the residues. Thus, the towns
are able to recycle 100% of the organic residues, and a great part of
the dry residues. In addition, the "rubbish deposits" will
end, generating jobs and causing less money to be spent on getting rid
- picture of the city
centre, where the head office of BNDES – the event's host - is located:
PICTURES FROM 1st DECEMBER 2002:
At this time of the
year, this Madagascan species paints in red many places in the city,
such as this one, on Artur Rocha Street, in the neighbourhood of
Also, see again one of the most beautiful pictures among the almost 10,000 photographs on the Wcams web site, taken at Moinhos de Vento Park, at the beginning of last year: 1
PICTURES FROM 01 TO 17 NOVEMBER 2002:
48th Porto Alegre Book Fair:
The city's Book Fair has become the most popular event in the capital of
Rio Grande do Sul: more than a million people visit the fair – writers,
teachers, students, intellectuals, professionals, children, elderly
people, and interested people in general –, all of them intending to
get in touch with books and whatever is related to them.
The fair always take place at this time of the year, between late October
and early November, at the time the jacarandas (blue flowers) and
guapuruvus (yellow flowers) are blossoming. People in Porto Alegre
already know: when the jacarandas blossom, the Book Fair is coming on.
This very popular fair takes place at the most central and "democratic"
spot in the city, which makes no distinction on grounds of social class,
faith, occupation, race or any other category; everybody is welcome and
may leaf their books at the several stands near trees, gardens, streets
Some time ago, vessels used to go ashore on the area where nowadays the
square lies. The city inhabitants fought to keep it and even to expand
it. Its original name was "Praça da Quitanda" (Grocer's
Square), then "Senador Florêncio" (Senator Florêncio) and at
last "Praça da Alfândega" (Customs' Square), because of the
duty formerly performed at the square, the city's main entry door.
After Porto Alegre's harbour was built, the city's main entry was
reformed. Then, a new avenue (called "Avenida Sepúlveda")
with palm trees was opened, linking the square to the harbour, and two
grand buildings were built side by side – they still are part of the
city's architectonical inheritance: the National Treasury Service (nowadays
MARGS) and the
Post Office (Correios
e Telégrafos – nowadays Memorial do RS).
As time goes by, the Fair becomes more and more expressive and receives
more and more visitors, who walk across the lanes to assimilate a little
of its spirit and culture. The Fair has an atmosphere of that is
difficult to interpret. That's why it keeps a very traditional and
peculiar way from the beginning to the end. The inauguration bell, old
stands, bargain stands where you can find all kinds of books, clowns
amusing the kids, lanes full of people, books that are leaved several
times before somebody decides to buy them, the humming at the cafeteria
and, also, the cultural atmosphere at Margs' pub – where academics and
ordinary people try to look intellectual and mix up in this world of
make-believe, in this fantastic world that only cities such as Porto
Alegre are capable of replicating.
Recently, the square has started featuring good attractions: the
exhibitions at MARGS, Memorial do RS and Santander Cultural, all of them
visited by thousands of people, and numerous delegations from schools.
At MARGS, there is an exhibition named Paris 1900, featuring 175 works of
the French museum Petit Palais. The works were produced between 1880 and
1914, period marked by the Belle Époque in France. These were
some of the most important moments in the history of Paris, when the
city was being modernised after the reforms implemented by the Baron of
Haussmann, such as the opening of large boulevards, public lights,
the Eiffel Tower (in 1889) and the subway (in 1900).
Renoir, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin, Vuillard, Bonnard, Moreau,
Redon, Chabine and Nadar are some of the masters featured at the
exhibition. Among the works, the portrait of the actress Sarah Bernhardt,
painted in 1876 by Georges Clairin, and the painting "Ofelia"
Cultural, probably the most beautiful building in Porto Alegre, an
expressive art exhibition, named Passion and Violence, continues until 5
Because of the Book Fair, the Praça da Alfândega shows its vocation as
the cultural centre of southern Brazil. When the work dedicated to Érico
Veríssimo is finished, the city will be able to show its real identity:
the academic, cultural and technologic centre of southern Brazil. And it
will certainly welcome a growing number of tourists, not only from
within the state, but also from other states and even from abroad, for
the legacy of people such as Mário Quintana, Érico Veríssimo, Theodor
Wiederspahn, Aldo Locatelli and many others is just fantastic.
See some pictures of this year's Book Fair:
Translated by Traduzca