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IDB to celebrate 500th anniversary of Brazil's discovery with series of concerts, exhibit, seminars, and other activities

The Inter-American Development Bank will join in celebrations of Brazil’s 500 years by hosting a series of concerts, expositions, seminars, and other activities at its Washington, D.C., headquarters.

On April 10 at 6:30 p.m. a concert, featuring works by Hector Villa-Lobos, will be performed in the Bank’s Andrés Bello Auditorium by cellist Tânia Lisboa and pianist Miriam Braga.

On April 11 an all-day, high-level seminar will be held at the Bank on: Brazil 500 years: Social Progress and Human Development.

On April 12 at 8 p.m. singer Virginia Rodrigues will perform at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University.

A photographic exhibition will be held in the Atrium of the Bank from April 12 through May 31, featuring a visual essay by Claudia Jaguaribe on Brazilian athletes and their expressions.

Guitarist Fabio Zanon will give a concert in the Andrés Bello Auditorium on April 14 at 6:30 p.m.

A presentation of the award-winning film, O toque do Oboé (The Call of the Oboe) will be held in the Andrés Bello Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. on May 4.

On May 5 an all-day seminar will be held at the IDB on Soccer as an Alternative Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean. Important authorities, including Pele and Henry Kissinger, are expected to be present during this forum.


Cabinet Ministers and political leaders will be among the speakers at the April 11 seminar on Brazil 500 years: Social Progress and Human Development.

Among those scheduled to make presentations are Minister for Rural Policy Raul Jungmann; Health Minister José Serra; and Vilmar Faria, senior advisor to President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who will address the conference with an audio tape.

IDB President Enrique V. Iglesias and Brazil’s ambassador to the United States, Rubens Antonio Barbosa, will deliver opening remarks. Iglesias will also close the seminar.

Barbosa will moderate the morning session, which will include a summary of the status of social development in Brazil and discussion of reform of the social security system and justice in rural areas.

The afternoon session will be moderated by Paulo Paiva, IDB vice president for planning and administration. The themes will be quality of education and health management.

Other speakers include Roberto Martins, president of the Institute for Applied Research; Beatriz Azeredo da Silva, social manager, National Bank for Economic and Social Development; Congressman Eduardo Jorge of the Workers Party (São Paulo); Congressman Francisco Graziano, Social Democracy Party (São Paulo); Aécio Gomes de Mattos of the Federal University of Pernambuco; Maria Helena Guimarães de Castro, president, National Institute for Studies and Research; Congressman Walfrido Mares Guia, Brazilian Labor Party, Minas Gerais; Claudio De Moura Castro, senior advisor, education, IDB; Congressman Nelson Marchezan, Brazilian Social Democracy Party, Rio Grande do Sul.

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