Brazil moves into Somerset House

Casa Brasil has officially opened its Olympic home at Somerset House.

Brazil moves into Somerset House
Brazil moves into Somerset House

The neo-classical Thames-side venue will host the Olympic house, home of the Brazilian Olympic Committee and Rio 2016 during London 2012.
 
As well as promoting Brazil and Brazilian sport in the heart of the capital, Casa Brasil at London 2012 will showcase the country's culture and provide a destination for Brazilian trade, investment and tourism agencies to network.

All of the venue’s 12 versatile events spaces are being utilised to accommodate The Comite Olimpico Brasileiro (COB).

The Portico Rooms and The Navy Board Rooms will be used privately by the COB to host intimate parties and house the Rio 2016 Olympic Committee Offices.

The floor and walls in the venue’s Great Arch Lobby have been transformed to mirror a Brazilian beach. The lobby located on the Victoria Embankment level of the building will be used by Rio 2016 as an informal "Rio Lounge", accessible to visitors looking for information.

At the heart of Somerset House, the Edmond J. Safra Fountain Court will host Brazilian style entertainment staging a series of musical performances and DJ sets. Visitors will be able to savour real Brazilian experiences with authentic food and beverages.
 
Carlos Arthur Nuzman, president of Rio 2016 and the Brazilian Olympic Committee, said: "Casa Brasil during London 2012 will be a wonderful opportunity to promote Brazil’s diverse culture, the Rio 2016™ Olympic and Paralympic Games and Brazilian sport. It will make me very proud, when the world gathers in London for the Games, to showcase the best of Brazil’s contemporary art and design."
 
Emma Barrow, head of events, Somerset House, added: "We’re very excited about the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; the planning that has been undertaken and the regeneration that has taken place in and around London is phenomenal. Our role as a London 2012 Olympic base is a great opportunity to showcase Somerset House and being the official Brazilian House means a lot to us as we know Rio will be following London as the next host for the Games in 2016."

 

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