Florida is a melting pot with a vibrant mix of cultures showcasing their influence in the arts and gastronomy. The fact that so many foreigners feel at home here is a testament to Floridians’ warm embrace of diversity — and Floridians and Brazilians have a special bilateral relationship.
Brazil’s contributions to this state have only grown in the past decade. Brazilian culture is already a hallmark of many institutions and art galleries. Our cuisine is served in many restaurants. Indeed, Brazilians participate in every segment of Florida society, including education, health, finances and technology.
When walking down Lincoln Road in Miami Beach or shopping at Bayside Marketplace, it is not uncommon to hear a different rhythmic set of words being spoken — that of the Brazilian Portuguese language. On Ocean Drive, you can order “caipirinhas,” the most popular Brazilian drink. In Wynwood, you can see the amazing work of renowned Brazilian artists, such as Os Gêmeos, Nina Pandolfo, Eduardo Kobra, and Pamela Castro. Along Biscayne Boulevard, you can stroll along sidewalks designed by Roberto Burle Marx, a celebrated landscape architect or appreciate Francisco Brennand’s giant blue-and-white tile on the headquarters of the National YoungArts Foundation.
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