Clarion Hotel Lourdes - Belo Horizonte
Rua Bernardo Guimaraes 2032
Belo Horizonte, 30140-082
Phone: (55) 31 30550650
Fax: (55) 31 30550651
The Public State Library is an architectural reference in the city of Belo Horizonte and in the Liberdade Cultural Circuit. In addition to Niemeyer's famous work here, a mural by Brazilian contemporary artist Amilcar de Castro can be seen on one of the external walls. It boasts a collection of over 260,000 items, including materials in braille and audiobooks. The library offers free internet access to the general public and printing services are available for a small charge. The library also has exhibition rooms, workshop spaces and a 220-seat auditorium theater.
Minas Tennis Club first opened in 1935 and has become one of the most important sports clubs and training centers in Brazil. The club has two units in the city center (Minas I and Minas II), plus a country club and a nautical sports club. They have athletes on the teams of seven Olympic sports: volleyball, basketball, swimming, gymnastics, tennis, judo and indoor soccer. The club has a fantastic infrastructure for the practice of sports and fitness, but use of facilities is for members only. Visitors can, however, go in to watch sports competitions, attend parties and other social events, or watch stage plays and concerts in their auditorium Teatro Bradesco.
Mercado das Borboletas is an ambitious project started in 2010 and is still in progress. The brainchild of a group of local artists, it is a multi-arts complex, market and entertainment venue in the busy Belo Horizonte city center. Mercado das Borboletas occupies a space on the 3rd floor of a previously derelict building and aims at providing a space for alternative, independent and grassroots artists of all types to showcase their work. They hold markets, exhibitions, performances concerts, club nights and other creative events of all sorts, always aiming to encourage sustainable practices. Check their website for their events listings every week.
Francisco Nunes Theater was built in 1950 as an "emergency theater," as Mayor Juscelino Kubitscheck had sold the popular Municipal Theater at that time, which was converted into a movie theater and eventually demolished. Francisco Nunes is considered the birthplace of Minas Gerais theater and dance talent, having fostered homegrown artists for half of the 20th century. After the Palace of the Arts was built, however, Francisco Nunes started to decay. It was restored in the 1980s and is going through another revamp in 2013. Although it remains less used than other large venues in town, it still the driving force behind important festivals such as the International Stage and Street Theater and the International Dance Forum of Belo Horizonte.
Managed by the Clovis Salgado Foundation, the Palace of the Arts is a 900,000-square-meter arts complex, the largest in the state of Minas Gerais and one of the biggest in Latin America. The complex comprises theater spaces, cinemas, art galleries, cafes and studios. The Grand Theater is the most modern and best-equipped venue of its kind in the region and programs opera, stage plays and dance pieces. The Palace of the Arts also houses the Minas Gerais State Choir and Symphonic Orchestra, and its own Dance Company. It is also a training center for performing arts professionals, taking in about 400 students a year.
Josefine first opened in 2007 and has been a hot spot for the LGBT, alternative and arty/cult scenes in Belo Horizonte. The club has several lounges, bars, mezzanine and a huge dance floor with a video wall, all expertly designed by architect Fred Mafra. Their state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment make some of the most fun parties you will find. Recently, Josefine hosted Gambiarra, a nationally renowned party that goes to the main cities of Brazil and is incredibly popular with theater, film and TV folks.
Designed by engineer Emilio Baumgart and built in 1929, Santa Tereza bridge remains one of the greatest icons of the city of Belo Horizonte. It serves as gateway to the neighborhood of Santa Tereza, the most bohemian part of town. Santa Tereza is hailed as the birthplace of many successful Brazilian bands such as Skank, Sepultura and the popular music movement Clube da Esquina. The bridge, a beautiful example of the use of reinforced concrete structures, is featured in a famous novel by Brazilian writer Fernando Sabino (A Time to Meet). The space under the bridge is frequently used as a venue by local artists, having hosted a reggae music festival in 2013 and until recently, a weekly hip-hop battle.
Souza Pinto is an old sawmill that first opened in 1913 and was the main supplier of ironworks and other materials for the buildings being erected in the new capital. It enjoyed a few decades of successful business and eventually closed down in the late 1960s. The building housed a garage and parking space throughout the 1970s and was finally listed as cultural heritage and restored in the late 1990s. It has been managed by the Clovis Salgado Foundation since 1999, when it started operating as a flexible space for trade fairs, concerts, markets and other cultural events and activities. It is a popular place for big parties as well, including New Year's Eve.
Located inside Chevrolet Hall, Teatro Dom Silvério has a classic style with big comfortable seats. The theater mainly hosts plays of various genres, with many famous Brazilian actors gracing the stage. You also might be able to catch a concert here!
Open since 2003, Chevrolet Hall is a modern multipurpose entertainment complex where you can find music, theater, exhibitions, sports, fairs, and other events spread across three floors. It is sometimes referred to as Marista Hall due to it being located in the grounds of a well-known Marist school in the city. One interesting feature of this hall is its green features, which include special windows, ventilation and plumbing systems reduce the use of electricity and water by 50%. Definitely worth checking their varied program of events.
Giramundo is a successful puppet theater company based in Belo Horizonte. Throughout the past four decades, the company has toured nationally and internationally. The museum opened in 2001 and is focused on preserving the history of the company's shows, puppets and puppeteers. Giramundo has a collection of around 1000 puppets, all made by the company and all used in their shows (some of them are still active). They currently have five different exhibitions: Animal Puppets, Puppets of Brazil, Heroes and Villains, Puppets and Music, and Animatronics. Visits to the museum are always guided and they also offer puppeteer workshops, talks and courses.
Opened in 1990, Teatro Sesiminas has been impressing audiences right from the start. This modern theater has 660 seats and an orchestra pit; however, you shouldn't worry about the venue size since every seat has a great view. The theater is known for showing fantastic plays that will leave you wanting more.