Behind the glitz and the glam of Rio’s beaches and sun-kissed locals is a selection of incredible theatres and concert venues that play host to some unforgettable shows and performances. Immerse yourself in Rio’s cultural side by watching an international ballet, seeing a local play, or catching a soul-shaking music show at one of the city’s best theatres and concert venues.
With its striking green and white architecture, the Municipal Theatre is impressive for both its visual appearance and the quality and diversity of its shows. Located in Cinelandia in Rio’s downtown, it was built at the very beginning of the 20th century and is celebrated as one of the most important cultural venues in Brazil. The Parisian opera inspired the concept, and the venue plays host to several operas, famous ballets, orchestras, and concerts.
Teatro Municipal, Praça Floriano, S/N – Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 (21) 2332 9191
Set inside a 1906 neoclassical building in Rio’s city centre, Centro Cultural do Banco do Brasil (CCBB) is a large cultural complex that is financially supported and managed by the Bank of Brazil. In addition to both temporary and permanent art exhibitions, the venue also hosts music performances and plays in its theatre.
CCBB, R. Primeiro de Março, 66 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 (21) 3808 2020
The bank of Caixa sponsors this cultural complex, located in Centro, and hosts several art and culture events and activities. The three internal art galleries exhibit both temporary and permanent art collections from local and international artists, and the two movie theatres show indie films, documentaries, and provide space for small theatrical performances. Workshops and debates also take place sporadically here.
Caixa Cultural, Av. Alm. Barroso, 25 – Centro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, +55 (21) 3980 3815