By Nicole Pelligrino, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Gazing up toward the Teatro Municipal from Cinelândia Square, the stunning world-class theater of the arts is scarcely recognizable behind the high, black temporary fence secured topped with barbed-wire, and underneath the metal rafters and supports. Desperately in need of repairs and updating, the Banco Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social (BNDES) has funded a R$4 million project, beginning in 2008 and slated for completion this July, in time to celebrate its centennial year.

Programa Nacional de Apoio à Cultura (PRONAC -- The National Program of Support to Culture . . .

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