Traditional Rio Samba House Estudantina Closes After 90 Years

Recently declared a Carioca cultural heritage site, the traditional MPB and samba house owned R$790,000 in back rent since 2005.

By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The city of Rio lost a precious part of its musical history last Monday, October 16th, when Centro Cultural Estudantina Musical (or Gafieira Estudantina) closed its doors after almost ninety years due to accumulating a debt of R$790,000 in back rent.

The house where Estudantina was established at belongs to the catholic institution Third Order of the Carmelites, who have been claiming the payment in the court since 2005.

Last Monday, Rio's 28th Civil Court determined that Estudantina's administration had to vacate the venue, situated in Pra . . .

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