Bitcoin Gets Spotlight in Brazilian Samba School’s 2019 Carnaval do Rio de Janeiro ‘Money’ Theme Performance


A leading Samba school based in Brazil, and known as Imperatriz Leopoldinese recently announced its official theme for this years’ carnival. According to officials from the school, its performers will focus on the concept of money. The RIO carnival is expected to start on the 2nd day of March this year and last until the 9th day.

It is expected that its performers will tell a story on the history of money. This is a story that will touch on everything from the coins to be used to the modern day paper bills in use today. It will then go on to touch on cryptocurrencies and their impact in today's’ society.

The Samba School

The school will be betting on the popularity of Bitcoin to try and entertain the carnivals attendees. The carnival has traditionally been held at the Marques de Sapucai Sambodromo, are hoping that its performance on money will help it win the top award this year.

Imperatriz was originally founded in the year 1956. Since inception, the school has taken part in numerous carnivals with its performances going on to win numerous awards. However, the last few years have proven to be a bit hard for it as it has not won any award since 2001. Expectations are, therefore, very high this year.

Its official website states that the school will this year be performing a piece titled “Give Me Some Money”. This is according to reports published by Porto do Bitcoin—a Brazilian based news outlet that focuses on everything crypto related. The performers are looking to dedicate their performance to the existing relationship between humanity and money.

This means that they will be looking to cover different aspects of this long-lasting relationship, from its invention in the early days, to the different forms of money that are in use today. The Samba school goes on to state that it will tell a story about some of the most crucial aspects of economic life between people and nations.

From Ancient Coins To Digital Currency

The performance school is looking to cover different periods on the development of money since inception. For instance, it will look at how money minting came to be during ancient times, more so during the 7th Century BC in the Kingdom of Lydia. The story will also look at the issuance of paper money in the 10th century in China.

From here, it goes on to portray the early day exchange relations that mainly involved the Indians—the original natives of the South America population and the Europeans who discovered them. Another aspect that will be covered by the performance will be on the coins minted in Brazil during the early slave days.

The team tasked with choreographing the performance are also looking to draw attention to investing and saving of money through various financial instruments, e.g., bank deposits. Using a humorous critique, the group will also try to explain the various challenges that come when living in countries where there are income inequalities.

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