Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda

UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO World Heritage

Frevo, the contagious rhythm that amuses visitors and locals during Carnival, was inscribed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2012. The dance that follows the music is vigorous and as the name suggest “feverish”. Men and women in colorful costumes and usually carrying a little umbrella perform the moves with impressive ability.


  • Title: Carnival
  • Creator: Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda
  • Rights: Passarinho/ Prefeitura de Olinda
  • Location: Brazil
  • Inscription Criteria: Criteria: (ii)(iv)
  • Date of Inscription: 1982
  • Category of Site: Cultural site

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