GDN 2012 | An International Meeting on Group Decision and Negotiation
Recife, Brazil, 20 - 24 May, 2012
Social Events
Sunday, May 20, 2012 - Recife and Olinda city tour (half day - afternoon)

The tour begins with a panorama of Recife, including the three islands (Recife, Santo Antônio and Boa Vista) that make up the city centre, the bridge of Maurício de Nassau, Praça da República (flanked by the Governor’s Palace, Santa Isabel Theatre and the Law Courts) and the Casa da Cultura, a fine building dating from the 19th century. Originally a prison, it’s now a centre for regional culture, with craft stores and local delicacies

The excursion proceeds with an introduction to Pernambuco’s unique Jewish history, visiting the Camaragibe Sugar Estate; Ponte Maurício de Nassau (Recife’s first bridge, built by the Jewish engineer Baltazar da Fonseca); Rua do Bom Jesus (formerly Rua dos Judeus, or “Jews’ Street”) and the Sinagoga Kahal Zur Israel, the first synagogue in the Americas, built during the Dutch period;

In Olinda we’ll visit Alto da Sé, with the churches of Sé and Misericórdia, and a breathtaking view of the twin cities. In Carnival, joyful revellers parade down the streets after following the traditional giant puppets, like the Homem da Meia-noite (“Midnight Man”), or joining in the town’s colourful carnival troupes, such as Pitombeira dos Quatro Cantos and Elefante. Olinda has been declared a World Natural and Cultural Heritage Monument by UNESCO.

( photo of Bom Jesus St. by Arnaldo Carvalho)

Sunday, May 20, 2012 - Welcome reception (evening)

All conference attendees are invited to attend the welcome reception, which will be held at the swimming pool area of Golden Tulip Recife Palace Hotel. This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow conference attendees and speakers, take a beautiful view of Boa Viagem Beach and enjoy complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvre with nice musical entertainment.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - Cultural Recife (half day - afternoon)

This tour of the culture, art and history of Pernambuco includes visits to the the studio of the renowned artist Francisco Brennand and to the Ricardo Brennand Institute, with its impressive collections of art, arms and armour.

About Francisco Brennand Studio

Francisco Brennand was born in 1927 in Recife, Pernambuco. Although he has become famous for his sculptures with ceramics , he is also a painter.

The studio emerged in 1971 from the ruins of an early 20th-Century brickworks, as the materialisation of an obstinate, relentless project of the artist. The Ceramica Sao Joao, an old brick and tile factory inherited by Brennand from his father, located in the grounds the historical suburb of Varzea and surrounded by remnants of Atlantic rainforest and by the waters of the Capibaribe River, has, throughout the life of the artist, become both se source of his inspiration and a home for his artwork.

The Brennand Studio houses more than 2,000 works – murals, panels and sculptures included - and is surrounded by a garden designed by the landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. There is also a shop where some works, postcards, and books about the artist can be bought.

About Ricardo Brennand Institute

Ricardo Brenannd Institute is a cultural center located in Recife. It was opened in 2002 by businessman and collector Ricardo Brennand, with an exhibition of Albert Eckhout paintings. It consists of an art gallery, a museum of armory, an auditorium and a garden.

The Ricardo Brennand Institute houses vast collections of paintings, armory, sculptures, tapestries and furniture, with objects proceeding from Europe, Asia, Africa and The Americas.

The art gallery, which has the Dutch Brazil as its main focus, houses the world´s largest private collection of Frans Post paintings and the library shelters a comprehensive collection of documents of Brazilian and world history. The library’s catalog has about 20,000 items , such as photographs, pamphlets, maps and rare books, with emphasis on works about Brazil written by European travellers.

The museum of armory, located in Castelo de São João (Saint John Castle) houses one of the largest armory collections in the world, including daggers, swords, knives, pocketknives, crossbows and a set of 27 full plate armors.

Besides the exhibitions, the Institute offers courses on history of art to public and private schools, as well as other cultural activities.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - Conference Banquet (evening)

This pleasant day finishes with a special Conference Banquet, listening a good Brazilian music.