Curitiba International Biennial 2013

Hotel Indication


Bristol Centro Cívico Hotel

Located 400m from the Museu Oscar Niemeyer, which is one of the exhibition venues of the International Biennial 2013, this hotel provides guests with comfort and practicality combined with high-level service. The right choice for those who want to spend less and get more.



Transportation


Linha Turismo (Tourism Line)

The Linha Turismo is working also on Mondays during school vacations and long holidays. For more information please access Linha Turismo - Prefeitura Municipal de Curitiba.

The Linha Turismo de Curitiba was created with the purpose of facilitating the visitor’s access to the city’s famous sights. The round tour starts and ends at Praça Tiradentes and is available every 30 minutes. It visits 11 strategic points around the city, including places where some of the Curitiba International Biennial’s art works are exhibited. The 44 km trip lasts two hours and a half. This line is available from Tuesday to Sunday, and the first bus leaves at 9 a.m. and the last bus leaves at 5:30 p.m.

Linha Aeroporto (Airport Bus Line)

In Curitiba, two bus lines connect the Aeroporto Internacional Afonso Pena, located in the Metropolitan Area of Curitiba, to the downtown area. The Aeroporto Executivo bus service operation starts at 4:32 a.m. and leaves the Rodoferroviária (Municipal Bus-Train Station), and the last bus service leaves at 00:30 a.m. from the airport on working days and Saturdays. On Sundays, the first bus service leaves the Rodoferroviária at 05:07 a.m. The bus line that connects the airport to the city center passes by various hotels and important points of the city. Another alternative is the Linha Direta 208, also known as Ligeirinho Aeroporto, which connects the airport to the city’s Centro Cívico. The last departure from the city center leaves at 11 p.m. and the last stop at the airport is at 11:20 p.m.

Aeroporto Internacional de Curitiba (International Airport of Curitiba)

Distant 18 km from the capital city center, the Aeroporto Internacional Afonso Pena is located in the municipality of São José dos Pinhais, in the Metropolitan Area of Curitiba. With 147 regular daily flights – four international flights among them – the Airport of Curitiba is the second largest in Southern Brazil, and is also considered the eighth in the country due to its area of 45 000 m².

Rodoferroviária (Municipal Bus-Train Station)

The Rodoferroviária de Curitiba is located in a strategic spot of the city, at Avenida Presidente Affonso Camargo, 330, in the Botanical Garden, among various hotels. During the Curitiba International Biennial, the Rodoferroviária will be undergoing refurbishment in view of the World Cup.



Tourist Information Points


Information about the city and its Metropolitan Area can be obtained at the Pontos de Informações Turísticas (PITs) (Tourist Information Points). Curitiba relies on eight strategically located PITs:

ACISF - Santa Felicidade (Casa dos Contos)

Avenida Manoel Ribas, 584, Santa Felicidade
Open: Monday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 03:00 p.m.
Tel.: 3273 4605 / 3016 4705

Aeroporto Internacional de Curitiba (International Airport of Curitiba)

Avenida Rocha Pombo, no number, arrival hall (ground floor), São José dos Pinhais
Open: daily, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Tel.: 3381 1153

Rodoferroviária de Curitiba

Avenida Presidente Affonso Camargo, 330, Jardim Botânico
Horário: de segunda-feira a sábado, das 9h às 18h. Domingo, das 9h às 16h
Telefone: 3320 3121Telefone: 3381 1153

Sala de Pedra - Palacete Wolf

Praça Garibaldi, 7, São Francisco
Open: Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sundays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tel.: 3321 3206

Sala de Pedra - Palacete Wolf

Rua Professor Lycio Grein de Castro Vellozzo, 191, Mercês
Open: Tuesday through Sunday / holidays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tel.: 3339 7613

Coritiba Foot Ball Club

Estádio Couto Pereira - Rua Mauá, no number, Alto da Glória
Open: Tuesday through Saturday / holidays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sundays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
On match days, time may vary.
Tel.: 3218 1993

Instituto Municipal de Turismo

Rua da Gloria, 362, térreo, Centro Cívico
Open: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tel.: 3250 7729

Enjoy Curitiba on the 24 Hours Street

The Rua 24 Horas (24 Hours Street) is a gastronomy reference and point of sales in the heart of the city. In addition to the services available, the tourism point has the Curta Curitiba (Enjoy Curitiba) space, which is a Tourist Service Center that provides information about the city and scheduling tour services during the visitor’s stay in the capital. Tours around Curitiba can be scheduled at the hotel on a daily basis, 9 a.m. to 6h30 p.m. There are traditional choices of tours such as the city tour, and new choices such as the bike tours. The 24 Hours Street is located between Visconde do Rio Branco and Visconde de Nacar streets, in the city center.

Rua 24 Horas (24 Hours Street) – Tourist Service Center

The Rua 24 Horas (24 Hours Street) is a gastronomy reference and point of sales in the heart of the city. In addition to the services available, the tourism point has the Curta Curitiba (Enjoy Curitiba) space, which is a Tourist Service Center that provides information about the city and scheduling tour services during the visitor’s stay in the capital. Tours around Curitiba can be scheduled at the hotel on a daily basis, 9 a.m. to 6h30 p.m. There are traditional choices of tours such as the city tour, and new choices such as the bike tours. The 24 Hours Street is located between Visconde do Rio Branco and Visconde de Nacar streets, in the city center.

Rua do Comércio 24 Horas (24 hours Commercial Street),
Open: daily, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tel.: 3225 4336



About Curitiba


Greater Curitiba, population: 3,307,945 (estimate by IBGE/2009)
Average altitude: 934.6 m
Time zone: Brasília
Climate: Temperate
Average summer temperature: 21ºC
Average winter temperature: 13ºC


Urban Planning

Curitiba is known for its unique urban solutions and has received sustainability awards. Notably, its integrated public transportation system running along regular traffic has become an inducer of its urban development, especially from the 70s.

The public transportation system of the city is often remembered for its passenger terminals interconnected by channels for the exclusive use of bi-articulated buses. In addition to these vehicles, \"ligeirinhos\" (speedy lines), “alimentadores” (feeder lines) and ordinary buses, all differentiated by colors, travel through the streets in a complementary service.

According to the Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística (IBGE), recent measurements indicate that the green area in Curitiba is 51.5 m² per inhabitant – above the rate for London and around three times the minimum area recommended by the UN. Regarded as the ecological capital, the city is primarily composed of municipal parks and woods, protecting the riparian forests of the local rivers, such as the river Iguassu and the river Barigui. A wide variety of parks and public places associated with wooded streets also shape the landscape.

The city’s urban zoning, which is integrated to the transportation system, allows an architectural and urban development that is considered by analysts to be a consistent and harmonious one, without the main problems of the modern large towns.

Sustainable City

In 2013, Forbes magazine (http://www.forbes.com/forbes/) elected Curitiba as one of the ten most intelligent cities in the world.

In the nineties, the UN granted the city the “United Nations Environment Program” award, which is considered the maximum environment award worldwide. In 2006, Curitiba hosted the UN’s event COP8/COP-MOP3.

In 2010, Curitiba received two world sustainability awards. In January, we received the “Sustainable Transport Award”, in Washington, for the Linha Verde (Green Line) implementation, which is an expansion project of the City Hall of Curitiba for the integrated transportation system.

In April, during a ceremony in the city of Stockholm, Curitiba the received “Globe Sustainable City Award”. They annually elect the city that stands out for its excellence in sustainable urban development.

The capital of Paraná was the only Brazilian city to be a national and international reference of urban planning and quality of life in the dawn of the 21th century. A survey held by the American magazine Reader’s Digest indicated that Curitiba was the Brazilian municipality that was best ranked among the best cities to live in the world. In March 2001, a survey sponsored by the UN appointed Curitiba as the best capital city of Brazil according to its Life Condition Index composed of indexes such as income, education, housing, longevity and others.

Curitiba is also the Brazilian city that recycles most of its waste: around 450 tons are recycled every day. In 2007, the city was in the 3rd place in a list of the 15 Greenest Cities in the world, according to the American website www.grist.org.




University City

Presently, Curitiba has 8 universities (UFPR, UTFPR, PUC-PR, Universidade Tuiuti, Universidade Positivo, UNICURITIBA, UniBrasil and Unespar/FAB/Embap). The Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), which is the oldest in Brazil, today is a symbol of the local culture. In addition to the universities, the city has 45 other higher education institutions thus providing 110 further vacancies for students.

Some of these institutions, such as UFPR, UTFPR, PUC-PR, Universidade Tuiuti, Unespar/FAP/Embap, also provide technical education, post-graduation programs, and master and doctorate courses in graphic, visual and audiovisual arts, music and performing arts. Such great variety of choices makes the city an important center of artistic education. It should be noted that, in the visual arts area alone, there are 4 undergraduate courses.

Cultural diversity

Curitiba has over 3 million inhabitants and has a historical and cultural calling. In the city, great artists were born, like the storyteller Dalton Trevisan (1925) and the controversial writer, poet and composer Paulo Leminski (1944-1989). It is also the headquarters of the Oscar Niemeyer Museum, elected as one of the 20 most beautiful museums in the world in 2012. Furthermore, relevant events are held such as the Oficina de Música de Curitiba (Music Workshop), the Festival de Teatro (Theater Festival) and the Festival Internacional de Cinema (International Film Festival) of the Curitiba International Biennial, all of which gathering a significant number of people.

Various important events related to visual arts were already held in the city. In 1944, the Government of Paraná created the Salão Paranaense (State Art Exhibition), which is still held to date. In 1947, the Salão de Belas Artes da Primavera (Springtime Fine Arts Exhibition) started, and was held until 1933 by the German community. During the seventies and nineties, Curitiba held the Bienal Internacional da Gravura (International Engraving Biennial) and, specifically in the nineties, the Bienal da Fotografia (Photography Biennial). In 1993, the first edition of the VentoSul was held, presently named the Curitiba International Biennial, which is one of the main events in the art circuit worldwide today.

Curitiba has numerous cultural spaces, attended by an increasingly larger, more diversified audience. There are museums, theaters, movie theaters, concert halls, auditoriums, and parks and squares, offering craft fairs, antiques and a varied artistic program open to the community.

The city’s name originates at the junction of two indigenous words from the indigenous Tingui, Je and Tupi-Guarani languages: “coré + etuba”, which means “pine tree seed” or “a lot of pine tree seeds”. The pine tree is a symbol of Curitiba, which celebrates 320 years in 2013.