Donana Cultural Center

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It is an alternative space and cultural reference in Belford Roxo. Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff has once come by, taken a bike ride around town, and supposedly said he felt like he was in Jamaica. Many famous Brazilians have also stopped by the cultural center, which opened in the 1980s, underwent some hard times, and officially reopened in 2009.

Photo:Isabela Kassow/Diadorim Ideias

The center's history began when invoker Dona Ana and her husband, the merchant José, decided to create a space in their own backyard, aiming at promoting the arts and literacy among children, adolescents, and adults. These were times of "Mobral", the Brazilian Literacy Movement. Their ten sons, duly influenced by the rich cultural atmosphere of the space, continued the work.

One of the heirs is Dida Nascimento, who now runs the center along with a large troupe of artists from different backgrounds, but all with their feet in the "Baixada Fluminense" (the state's Lowlands region.) According to Dida, bands like Cidade Negra and O Rappa are products of Donana.

The center promotes workshops, debates, lectures, musical performances, and film exhibitions. There is a permanent exhibition of works by local artists, plus a show about the bands and musicians who started their careers in the center, such as KMD5, Cabeça de Nego, Nocaute, and Negril.

General Information

Address: Aguapei Street, 197, Piam
Phone: (+55 21) 2662-2373 / 99593-3099 (Dida Nascimento)
E-mail address:
Opening hours:

Monday through Friday, 10am to 12pm, 2pm to 5pm. On event days, the house is open on alternative hours 

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