[Photos by AJ Paris. All Rights Reserved.]

The culture of Rio, like that of Brazil, is a diverse culture that has its roots in Africa, Europe, and the Americas. You can really see that in everything from architecture, to religion, to food, and everything in between. You can see it in their films, and you can hear it in their music.

There is just a diversity that can’t be denied in the culture.

“This city is full of culture,” said João, after he and his girlfriend performed for me ‘The Carioca,’ a 1933-choreography from the film Flying Down to Rio.

Rio’s culture can’t be discussed as much as it should in a project like this. Nevertheless, in the following pages I will talk about beauty, festivals, religion, sports, food, and art.