Night 14: Curitiba

You lucky, lucky people of Curitiba and surrounding areas.

I think of all the concerts to date, on this tour as well as the last, this is the one I most wish I could be at. What an absolutely stunning setting and such an interesting venue in which to perform in the open air: an abandoned stone quarry surrounded by a wall of rock some thirty metres high with lush greenery all around.

The Paulo Leminski Quarry, or Pedreira Paulo Leminski, is an outdoor concert venue located in the neighbourhood of Abranches. Named in tribute to local poet, writer, musician and composer Paulo Leminski, who was born in Curitiba in 1944, the site is a touch over 100,000 metres long and its stage around 480m².

First opened in 1990, the likes of AC/DC, Bon Jovi, David Bowie and The Ramones have performed here. It was also one of 12 FIFA Fan Fest locations popular with football supporters during last year’s World Cup.

With the Ópera de Arame, or Wire Opera House, nearby – a 2,400-seater theatre constructed from tubular steel and wire mesh with a transparent roof – the Parque das Quarries is one of Curitiba’s most visited sites among tourists (after the Botanic Garden with its majestic three-dome greenhouse).

A model for sustainable urban development, Curitiba has 26 major parks. You won’t be surprised to learn that it boasts the highest life expectancy of all Brazil’s cities. If you have just half-an-hour to spare today, do take a look at the photographs because it really does look incredibly magnificent with its lakes and waterfalls, tropical vegetation, so teeming with wildlife.

If you’re there, enjoy the concert tonight. We look forward to hearing all about it.