The 17th Bienal Book Exhibition began last week in São Paulo and will run until this Sunday, May 5, at the Centro de Exposies Imigrantes. The exhibition’s main goal is to promote reading among children and young people and to launch new authors. The Brazilian government spends around R$10 million a year on books which it distributes free to school children. This year’s special guest is French philosopher Jean Baudrillard.

Where: Centro de Exposies Imigrantes, Km 1,5 da Rodovia dos Imigrantes. Tel.: 5067-1646 or 5067-1647
When: Apr. 25 to May 5 from 10am to 10pm
Tickets: Adults: R$6 Students: R$3

The annual Quaich golf competition, which traditionally matches the Scots against the Sassanachs (the English), will this year be played between the St. Andrew Societies of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The competition will be held at the International Golf Clube dos 500 in Guaratinguet, followed by a Ceilidh dinner dance in the hotel that evening. All are welcome to join.You do not need to be a member of the Societies involved but just a lover of Golf…A Scottish Invention !!!

Where: Internacional Golf Clube dos 500. Rodovia Presidente Dutra, Km 60,7, Guaratinguet, SP Tel. (12) 532-3555 Fax. (12) 532-3013
When: Saturday, 18th May
Cost: Registration: R$ 25.00. Golf: R$ 50.00 per person. Caddies: R$ 25.00 + Snacks R$ 3.50 –
Payment: Fund Brit Benef – St Andrews” account 05370-1, Banco Itau, Agen 1066 and fax a copy of the deposit receipt to Derek Barnes on fax no (11) 3067-3097 or email

The Ceilidh

Drinks, Dinner, Prize Giving and Dance. Whisky and wine will be provided by the St Andrew Society of São Paulo, courtesy of Guinness UDV (wine) and Famous Grouse

Where: Clube dos 500 Hotel – Salão Seringueira
When: Saturday, 18th May
Dinner: :R$ 50 per person

One of São Paulo’s oldest and perhaps most charming parks, the Siqueira Campos, better known as Trianon, celebrates is 110 anniversary this month. The park, located right on Paulista in front of the Masp museum, is particularly special as it is all that remains of the original vegetations which covered the region before the megalopolis of São Paulo started to grow.