After two years of pandemic, rock in Rio Will be held again in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Today (6th), the organization of the event presented the Palco Mundo, the main and largest structure for the festival’s shows. The novelty is that the platform will be made of steel with a reusable and 100% recyclable structure.
“Every time we show that it is possible to dream big and make it happen. This step is another example of that. We understand that our story will inspire other people. This is the story we want to tell,” says Rock in Rio CEO Luis Justo.
He highlighted that ensuring sustainability and involving all stakeholders in this policy is one of the goals set by the festival. This year’s forum will be held in partnership with Gerdau, Brazil’s largest steel producer. According to Gerdau’s CEO, Gustavo Werneck, sustainability is also a concern of the company. “We have to implement actions as soon as possible, so that we can continue to use the resources on the planet and leave it to the generations to come after us”, he says.
Werneck and Justo participated in an interview this morning, which detailed the partnership in celebration.
When asked about the potential for political demonstrations at the event, similar to what happened at the Lollapalooza Festival in So Paulo in March this year, Justo stressed that the organization has no partisan position. According to the CEO, Rock in Rio “never was and will never be a political position of any kind”. This, however, according to him, “does not prevent people from holding office, [sejam] artist or audience. It is rooted in democracy and has always been present in the history of the festival.”
Around 200 tonnes of steel will be used on the Mundo stage, which is equivalent to manufacturing 200 cars. The platform would be 30 meters high, the same as a ten-story building, and 104 meters wide, equivalent to two Olympic swimming pools.
The material will be 100% recyclable, that is, the visibility of the Mundo Stage will be reused when it is no longer a stage, capable of being turned into homes, buildings, cars, hospitals, etc.
In total, more than 1 million people are involved in Gerdau’s recycling process, including waste pickers and cooperatives. Most of Gerdau’s steel, 73%, is produced from the recycling of scrap metal.
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Rock in Rio will take place on September 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Brazilian and international artists such as Iron Maiden, Dream Theater, Sepultura, Post Malone, Jason Derulo, Marshmello, Alok, Justin Bieber, Demi Lovato, Migos, Izza, Guns N’ Roses, Menskin, The Offspring, CPM will perform on Mundo. Stage 22, Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Billy Idol, Capital Initial, Coldplay, Camila Cabello, Bastille, Javan, Dua Lipa, Megan Thee Stallion, Rita Ora and Evte Sangallo. Tickets have been sold.
Since 1985, Rock in Rio has had 20 editions, in Rio de Janeiro and other cities around the world, such as Lisbon, Portugal, Madrid, Spain and Las Vegas, in the United States, with over 2,300 artists performing. and 10.2 million people in audience and 12 million online fans.
The first edition of Rock in Rio was in 1985, when the country was undergoing transformation and emerging from a long period of military dictatorship since 1964. According to Justo, it is expected that this year’s festival, after two years of pandemic, will have a similar climate as before. “We will be prepared for the excitement”, he says.