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By Ciara Long, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - To celebrate its 80th birthday, the Institute of National Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN) has declared Rio’s Museum of Samba a site of cultural importance. According to the organization, the Museum of Samba is an important reference point for the city’s samba schools.

The Museum of Samba, located in Mangueira in the city’s Zona Norte (North Zone), celebrated Brazilian samba’s 100-year anniversary last year. It positions itself as the “safeguard of samba”, with a mission statement to “valorize and stimulate samba as culture”.

“[Samba] is one . . .

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