Already known to those who attend the Carnival in Recife Neighborhood and considered and easy-access even for visitors, the Carnival Center will be established at Observatório Street, near Arsenal Square. The Carnival Center, which also hosts a dining area, will provide tourist information, health services, human rights services, consumer care, women’s assistance and much more.
The Carnival Center will be open during the pre-Carnival week, on February 19th and 20th, from 4 pm to 10 pm. On the official days of the party, between February 21st and 25th, the schedule will be extended, from 4 pm to 2 am. There will also be a baby-changing facility to support the families, which will be open from 1 pm to 11 pm. An annexe of the Central will take place at Cais do Sertão museum, with press room and support for the reporting teams working in the coverage of the party, The Carnival Center will be dismantled on Ash Wednesday (26th).
The Gastronomic Arena, a space set up in partnership with the Brazilian Association of Bars and Restaurants (Abrasel), will have 12 shops with a wide range of menu options, such as: Espetinho da Ceça; Açaí Original do Pará; Plim Pizza; Nordeste Sabor; Rei das Coxinhas; My Burguer; República dos Pastéis; Hakata; Empadinhas Barnabé; Wayne’s Burguer; Pizzaria Atlântico; and Ragu da Folia – Cia do Chopp.
The dining area will be furnished in pallets, with tables, chairs and seats made of reforested wood. The space will also provide selective waste collection and oil recycling, a successful action carried out in previous years in partnership with the Semi-Arid Association (ASA). Last year, 110 litres of frying oil were collected. The menu will be accessible, with information in Braille, English and Spanish.