Every year approximately a million people from across the world visit the Rio Carnival, considered the biggest carnival in the world, to celebrate the Brazilian Tradition. At the heart of the carnival is the Samba school parade. In these parades various organizations come up with a theme and express it in the form of music and dance.
Samba school choosing Money as its theme
A prominent Brazilian samba school of Rio de Janeiro, Imperatriz Leopoldinense has chosen money as the theme of its performance during the 2019 Rio Carnival. It is going to feature Bitcoin, in its money themed parade, which would show the history and evolution of money, from the primary steel cash and paper payments to modern-day crypto-currency, Bitcoin . This year’s Rio Carnival is going to held in the week between March 2 – 9. Imperatriz Leopoldinense will be performing at Marquês de Sapucaí Sambódromo, one of the most famous venues in Rio.
Imperatriz Leopoldinense, created in 1956 and has been proclaimed champion of the festival many times. But, that hasn’t happened since 2001 and the stakes are very high this year. It is betting on Bitcoin to impress the spectators at the carnival and be crowned champions once again.
According to their website, their samba plot has been named “Give me some Money”, outlining the relationship between money and humanity, from the invention of the first currencies in ancient times to the present day when they are beginning to be circulated in digital form.
“Our story is about money and its relationship with humans from their invention to the modern day. Without a doubt, it is one of the most important instruments in the economy of nations and people,” the samba school explains. “Imagine life without money. How could we buy and sell, receive and pay, stock up and save for the future, if it did not exist?”.
The evolution of Money, from first coins to digital coins
Brazilian Crypto news outlet Portal Do Bitcoin reports, “The Empress will show poetically allegorically the facets of the poor and the rich in various communities . The differences of social classes with regard to economic and social policies will be evidenced when huge floats pass by showing opposite scenarios – party of the high society of Rio and funk dance on the slab of a favela (a Brazilian slum).
The narrative covers various periods of human history and important developments from the minting of the first coins in the 7th century BC in the ancient kingdom of Lydia, the issuance of the first paper money in China in the 10th century to the first exchange relations between South America’s native Indians and the European discoverers, as well as the coins produced by the first Brazilian mint which were used in the slave trade.
“Any value materialized in our currencies, banknotes, checks and cards will lose its meaning for virtual money? Let’s get used to not picking them up? Let’s understand that money is just an idea. What will virtual currency do to our consumer society? Will it be able to transform our relationship with value concepts? The future will tell us. ” explains the Samba school.
The dancers will be drawing attention to the saving and investing of money through bank deposits and other financial instruments. The socio-economic challenges of societies such as social divisions, high unemployment and income inequality that countries like Brazil continue to face will also be highlighted. The performance will be concluded with the topic of Bitcoin.
“The parade will end with a portray about a future already present through crypto-currencies, a digital resource system designed to function as a medium of exchange,” the samba school said in the announcement.
Carnival hit by Financial Crysis
Brazil has been through challenging times both politically and economically in the recent past and the Samba school’s decision to make money as their theme has been criticized by many participants. It seems as if it’s an irony to talk about money as the carnival is going through its longest period of financial difficulties.
According to 82 year old Mário Monteiro, who performs along with his sister in the money themed parade, it would be a very challenging job as they will have to do using old materials and optimize everything in order to save. However, he believes that the financial problem will not stop his dance group and insists that it’s time to put the sadness away and enjoy in the Carnival.
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