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2006 Events: Summary of the year 


CCBU supported Pietrina Checcacci's  art exhibit "Body Planet" at the Solange Rabello Gallery.

Our monthly luncheon, at the Books & Books bookstore in Coral Gables had the participation of the Miami International Film Festival - Isabel Oswaldo-Cruz, Valeria Sorrentino e Suzy Franczak and the Ars Flores Orchestra representative, Frederico Gouveia. The film festival representatives

told that seven Brazilian films would participate in the festival and that the documentary "Vinicius de Morais" would close the festival.

On January 21, CCBU organized a special screening of the documentary "Empress of Carnaval", at the Sala Machado de Assis of the Consulate General of Brazil. The excellent documentary shows the preparations for a samba school parade, the Imperatriz Leopoldinense Samba School.



Monthly luncheon with Brazilian artist Patricia Secco at Elements Restaurant and preview VIP visit to the artist's exhibit at Solange Rabello Gallery at Miami's   Design District.


CCBU presented at Books & Books in Coral Gables four commented auditions of Brazilian music with Gene de Souza, the host of the weekly radio program "Caf� Brasil" at WDNA, 88.9 FM. Each informal talk focused in a different genre: Choro, Samba, Bossa Nova, MPB, Tropic�lia and contemporary styles. The program attracted a good public that enjoyed Gene's delicious stories.

A performance by singer Rose Max and guitarist Ramatis closed the series.


On May 16, CCBU received its sixth "Brazilian Press Award", in the category "Best Promoter of Brazilian Language". This annual award recognizes organizations and persons who disseminate a positive image of Brazil.

On May 19, the Cultural Center participated in the First "Junina" party at Ada Merritt K-8 Center.


On June 8, all members were invited to the screening of "Women of Brazil" at the Brazilian Film Festival of Miami. The festival's organizers designated this film as CCBU's.

On June 13, Professor Steven Butterman meets with the Portuguese Reading Group at Books & Books book store, in Coral Gables.



A typical Bahian luncheon, on September 6, celebrated Brazil's Independence Day and opened the fall cultural program. The  Bahia themed cultural events series - "What Does Bahia Have?" was a preview of the Brazil Pavilion at the Miami Book Fair in November.

The program, created and presented by CCBU with the support of the Cultural Department of the Consulate General of Brazil in Miami covered different aspects of the Bahian culture, more specifically, the culture from the City of Salvador. We presented films (documentary and fiction), a lecture about Jorge Amado by the Director of U.M.'s Portuguese program, Professor Steven Butterman; lectures about candombl� with Babalorix� Antonio Carlos Encarna��o. The acaraj�s by Carlinhos and the sparkling wine generously donated by Miolo Wines were the extra touch at the weekly meetings.



The series "What Does Bahia Have" continues with its weekly events.

On October 10 and 11, CCBU presented the Second Brazilian Forum. In several panels, specialists in different fields gave important information to Brazilians who live in this area.

The First Brazilian Forum was held at the Broward County Main Library. The Second Forum was held at the Sala Machado de Assis, at the Consulate General.

CCBU's members toured and had lunch at the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts.



Brazil Pavilion at the Miami Book Fair International. An intense program that celebrated Salvador,Miami's newest Sister City and a beautiful set-up made the Brazil pavilion the most visited one at the fair's International Sector. Our cultural partners - Rose Max & Ramatis, Brazz Dance Theatre, Brazarte Dance Group, Funda��o Pierre Verger, the storyteller Tatiana Silva, Professor Steven Butterman and Gene de Souza were big attractions at the Fair's International Sector.


End of the year luncheon at the Miami's  Casa D�cor, on December 5.

Our group was hosted by Hell� Campos, a CCBU member and dear friend. After lunch, the group toured the 50 spaces exquisitely designed by renowned interior designers.


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