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Brasília

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Description


In 1883, Don Bosco dreamed about a very prosperous civilization emerging within a large lake between the 15th S and 20th S parallels, the current location of Brasilia. The dream became real through Lúcio Costa’s design and was executed by the President of the time, Juscelino Kubitschek, on April 21st, 1960, when Brasilia was inaugurated. Being a Historical and Cultural Heritage since 1987, the federal capital was born modern, ahead of its time, and has today one of the best quality of life indexes (HDI) in the country.

Brasília (or “Brasólia”, as it is affectionately called) was also chosen in 2008 by the Organization of American States (OAS) as the American Capital of Culture. Not surprisingly walking around the city gives you the chance to contemplate an open sky work of art, enjoying the Niemeyer’s monuments, the Athos’ panels, the Burle Marx’s gardens, and many other works, like the ones from Alfredo Ceschiatti. You can also cross the JK Bridge and enjoy a day by the Paranoá Lake, an artificial lake that reflects on its immensity and beauty the most most beautiful thing in our capital, the nature.


Gay scene


Brasilia is one of the most friendly cities in Brazil. The National Association of Natural Persons Registers (ARPEN) data held in 2012 is here to prove. The Federal District (where Brasília is located) led the ranking of the highest rates of homosexual marriages - 6.5 unions for every 100 thousand inhabitants. Currently, it remains ahead of states such as Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Another important point to mention is the amount of complaints about homophobia, which has declined steadily: according to IBGE, from 2012 to 2013 the number decreased 74.5%, and in the following year it was reduced by over 35%. This all shows how much the city has advanced when it comes to receptivity to the LGBT public, which is increasingly present in the Central Plateau.

The city is already a national reference in the entertainment scene, housing one of the largest parties of the region, which attracts people from the whole country. With many dance clubs, the gay entertainment goes on  from Monday through Friday. Whoever gets there will find a complete experience that leaves nothing to be desired.


Nightlife


The mix of options that you can find in Brasilia goes from POP to the traditional sertanejo, what’s not surprising since we are in the Central Plateau. For those who want something more POP, Friday is the day Victoria Haus is open.This famous nightclub runs on Fridays, Saturdays, holiday eves, and also on some Sundays. With a super diverse program, Victoria Haus is always bringing new things to the city. The options do not stop there! The OF CLUB is another gay nightclub which is open on weekends. For those who like a little party in the outside to end up the Sunday, the Bar do Barulho, in Park City, is a good choice. Brasilia also has gay friendly parties that take place every week... QUINTO, for instance, which is one of the most traditional city festivals.

The Velvet Pub, located in the North Wing, is also attended by a gay friendly audience and has a Wednesday through Sunday diversified program. For those who prefer calm places, a good choice is the Beirute, that always serve cold beer and fresh kibbeh. Although Beirute is an Arabic restaurant, it is very traditional in the city since it is 50 yo! There are two of these restaurants, but the one located at 110 South is most frequented by gay people. There are other gay friendly options to enjoy a less hectic night or a pre-night like those that are just beginning: Café Savana, Dudu Bar, Bardot Music Bar, and Loca Como Tu Madre are among the most visited places of the region.

In addition to these programs, which are always available for our visitor, the city has a variety of festivals that happen every year. Currently, one of the most famous is Republika, which attracts tourists from all corners of the country. Brasília also houses the “Festa da Lili” (Lili’s party), traditional in the city and always with a lineup that warms up the night of the capital. For those who like something more cult or even dirty, the Mimosa and Bagaço parties are monthly held in Brasilia, with the best of Brazilian music and the best of international POP. This is why the federal capital’s nightlife is already considered one of the best in the country.