COPACABANA PALACE, A BELMOND HOTEL, RIO DE JANEIRO CELEBRATES ITS CENTENARY WITH THE LAUNCH OF A YEAR-LONG PROGRAMME OF ARTS, GASTRONOMY AND CULTURAL EVENTS
Copacabana Palace, A Belmond Hotel, Rio de Janeiro will celebrate its 100 years with the launch of the annual art, gastronomy, and cultural programme, running throughout 2023. The “#100doCopa” events will reflect the city’s infectious energy, celebrated at the hotel for the past century. With a reputation as Rio’s legendary playground of glamour, Copacabana Palace’s centenary promises to be nothing short of unforgettable, with highlights including the iconic Carnival Ball in February, an exclusive guest-chef series and star-studded, special events that toast the hotel’s storied history and sparkling future.
#100doCopa: CINEMATOGRAPHIC CELEBRATIONS
The #100doCopa celebrations kicked off on New Year’s Eve with a legendary “White & Gold” party. This year’s theme honoured the Brazilian custom of wearing white at the turn of the year to bring good fortune, whilst gold is a nod to the pioneering party spirit of Copa. One of the most celebrated décor artists in the city, Patrícia Vaks, adorned the landmark hotel’s fabulous halls and pool area with seasonal flowers and a light show of colours. Local bands, Jazz com Bossa and Studio Pop played in the Golden Room, followed by a line-up of up-and-coming DJs, including Ronnie Borges, Vincent Chicha and Marisa D’Amato. At midnight, the hotel’s terraces welcomed guests to catch the glittering view of the fireworks.
February brings the joy of Rio Carnival – an annual kaleidoscopic delight since the 1650s, rooted in the very fabric of Brazilian tradition and regarded as the biggest party in the world. To mark the occasion, Copacabana Palace has been hosting the Copa Magic Ball since 1924, with famous guests including Jayne Mansfield, Brigitte Bardot and Joan Fontaine. The much-anticipated 2023 edition will be held on 18 February, to the innovative theme of ‘The Time Tunnel’. Guests are invited to travel back in time or look to the future, choosing a moment from 1923 to 2123. Artistic director, Gustavo Barchilon, known for his sophisticated productions, will work together with renowned scenographer, Daniel Cruz, to create the most exhilarating ball to date.
August 2023 will mark the official centenary of Copacabana Palace and to honour the occasion, the red carpet will be rolled out for a show-stopping party dedicated to Rio citizens, with a special surprise to be revealed closer to the time. This will allow the hotel to invite the community to celebrate not only Copa’s centenary but the legendary city itself.
A NEW CHAPTER FOR THE ARTS
Alongside the hotel sits the Copacabana Palace Theatre, considered one of the greatest stages in Brazil. Closed for nearly three decades, over the past two years, Belmond in collaboration with a leading Brazilian architect, Ivan Rezende, completed the painstaking restoration, involving more than 600 craftspeople over 18 different disciplines, from woodcarvers to designers and carpenters. Having recently reopened, the Theatre plays host to Rio’s series of creative and cultural performances and in 2023, will return to its full glory with curated performances and concerts of the century, marking a new chapter for the cultural scene in the city.
Later in 2023, Belmond will deepen its connection to art with the expansion of the MITICO project – an artist series in partnership with Galleria Continua, across the globe. Following the success of the 2022 first edition in Italy, new installations will arrive at Copacabana Palace.
Copacabana Palace is a gastronomic hub, home to two Michelin-starred restaurants: the contemporary pan-Asian MEE and Italian destination Ristorante Hotel Cipriani, led by the Italian chef Nello Cassese; as well as the charming Pérgula, one of the city’s most celebrated Carioca restaurants, serving authentic South American fare overlooking the city’s most glamourous swimming pool and Copacabana Beach.
Throughout the commemorative year, the restaurants will host important guest chefs and gastronomic events, while the already prestigious “Master Series”, a collection of events that bring renowned chefs to cook alongside the in-house team, will welcome big names in international cuisine for the first time in its history. The first guest chef confirmed for 2023 is Virgilio Martinez, from the award-winning “Central” restaurant in Lima, Peru – named No.1 at Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants 2022 awards ceremony.
A CARIOCA ICON
The famed history of the most traditional and luxurious hotel in Rio de Janeiro began with its construction by businessman, Octávio Guinle, in 1923 – a suggestion from the then President of the Republic, Epitácio Pessoa. Designed by French architect, Joseph Gire and inspired by the famous Negresco hotels in Nice and the Carlton hotels in Cannes, Copacabana Palace, a Belmond Hotel, has been a symbol of excellence and hospitality in Brazil and around the world ever since. Located at the one of best-known addresses in the city, on the beachfront of Avenida Atlântica, the hotel has been the stage of major events in Rio, hosting kings, queens, presidents, and celebrities.