São Paulo Performing Arts

The world's top orchestras, opera and dance companies, and other troupes always include São Paulo in their South American tours. Many free concerts—with performances by either Brazilian or international artists—are presented on Sunday in Parque Ibirapuera. City-sponsored events are frequently held in Centro's Vale do Anhangabaú area or in Avenida Paulista.

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near Paraíso metro and an ample network of Serviço Social do Comércio (SESC) cultural centers feature inexpensive dance, theater, and musical performances daily. Listings of events appear in the "Veja São Paulo" insert of the newsweekly Veja. The arts sections of the dailies Folha de São Paulo and O Estado de São Paulo also have listings and reviews. Both papers publish a weekly guide on Friday. The Portuguese-language website Catraca Livre (catracalivre.com.br/brasil)is the authority on free entertainment options.

Tickets for many events are available through the Ingresso Rápido, Ingresso, and Tickets for Fun websites. Many of these venues and sites offer ticket delivery to your hotel for a surcharge.

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Ballet Stagium

The ballet performs contemporary works incorporating Brazilian pop and bossa nova music. Founded in 1971 during Brazil's period of dictatorship...

Balé da Cidade

The City Ballet, São Paulo's official dance company, has performed for many years at the magnificent Theatro Municipal. ...

Centro Cultural São Paulo

The cultural center has temporary alternative film screenings, particularly of Brazilian titles, but also presents plays, concerts, and...


Titles already out of other theaters and independent openings show for discounted prices at CineSESC. The screen is visible from the...

Cisne Negro

This esteemed contemporary dance company specializes in Brazilian contemporary dance and classic ballets. The performances are always...

Credicard Hall

One of the biggest theaters in São Paulo, Credicard Hall can accommodate up to 7,000 people. The venue frequently hosts concerts by...

Espaço Itaú de Cinema, Augusta

Brazilian, European, and other non-blockbuster films are shown at the Espaço Itaú. ...

Espaço Itaú de Cinema, Frei Caneca

This theater shows Hollywood, European, and independent films. ...

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