Hippie Fair, Rio de Janeiro
Hippy Fair is a social and sociological event that began in the 1970s as a small collection of stalls selling handcrafts and since then it has turned into a blend of cultural affair and flea market. Now it is filled with jewelry, belts, an assortment of clothes, paintings and small decorative pieces. Open every Sunday from 9am to 5pm.
Every Sunday there is a Hippie Fair in the town square of Impanema where locals sell their arts and crafts. I bought this painting from "Zeny" a sweet old Cariocas.
The painting is very colorful and shows great features of the area: The Christ Statue, Sugarloaf, the beach, and a flavela fills with Cariocas.
Is this an actual place? Could be Niteroi, or some other place. Present or past. Only Zeny knows! Will you visit the hippie fair and ask her?
It is a mystery, but to view Pao de Acuacar (Sugarloaf) from this angle, it seems you would be looking away from Corcovado (Christ, The Redeemer). This painting may be from a fanciful location that is not really possible.
This is a fair that started back in the day when the hippies took over the plaza in Ipanema to sell their handmade goods. This goes on today every Sunday, rain or shine (in the summer at least). There you can get stuff for your friends, cool jewelry, hand made furniture, purses, etc. You can also try food from the North East. It's totally different then any food in Rio. It's a must see if only for the atmosphere.
On Sunday you can go to the Hippie Market on the General Osorio square, one street away from Ipanema Beach. You can buy there jewellery, bags, souvenirs.. In the middle of the square, local painters have set up a sort of exhibition. Ofcourse these paintings are for sale! :-) I thought the paintings were very nice, but a little expensive. Don't forget to negociate the price!
If you want to check out the local artistic talent- a 'Hippie Fair' (Feira Hippie) is held every Sunday in Ipanema. You can view and/or buy everything from paintings to woodcarvings to Carnaval masks. Very good stuff.