In 2009, the Mayor of Belo Horizonte prohibited events of any kind in Station Square, one of the main squares of the city (with exceptions for private initiatives). That decision outraged many people and ignited the creation of Station Beach, a popular and ironic intervention aimed at repurposing public spaces (the words for square and beach, “praça” and “praia”, are similar in portuguese).
With music instruments and a lot of passion, that action led protesters to form groups to challenge other cultural barriers. Eventually, the city that didn’t have sea or Carnaval started to have both.
Belo Horizonte’s Carnaval is a festive, free and horizontal movement that, regularly, make a lot noise and aim to bring attention about the flaws of the public power.