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Cidade das Artes

Barra's concrete behemoth of the arts is set to become a strangely beautiful cultural headquarters for Zona Oeste

Cidade das Artes

Open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm (on days without shows)

Box office Tue-Fri 1-9pm; Sat-Sun noon-8pm (on show days tickets can be bought up to 30 mins before doors)

Avenida das Americas 5300, Barra da Tijuca

Telephone (21) 2249 1598

Cidade das Artes website

After an unexpectedly drawn out gestation period, the former mayor of Rio César Maia's controversial vanity project in Barra da Tijuca opened in early 2013 with the intention of hosting a wealth of high-level cultural shows from ballet and theatre to music. The 'grande sala' can hold over 1,600 people, but elsewhere in the huge, elevated concrete construction, the Teatro do Câmara theatre, 21 multi-use spaces, an orchestra practice room, three cinemas, an art gallery, café and restaurant are all to be found. 

Words by Time Out Rio de Janeiro editors
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