This year’s iconic Rio Carnival at Marquês de Sapucaí Sambódromo is to feature a performance depicting the history of money from the development of early 7th century coins to Bitcoin.
“Give Me Some Money“, is the work of, no not Abba, but prominent Brazilian samba school Imperatriz Leopoldinense, who are currently working on their entry for this year’s Carnivale. The school is so confident this year that they are hoping that their elaborate entry will win them the prize for the first time since 2001.
The performance will track the history of money concluding with the advent of cryptocurrencies, mapping out the centuries and the development of coins, paper bills and finally digital currency. Imperatriz Leopoldinense explains:
“Our story is about money and its relationship with humans from their invention to the present time. It is, without a doubt, one of the most important instruments in the economic life of nations and people.”
The events at the Rio Carnival are always flamboyant and colorful, and this depiction of money through the centuries will be no different according to the school. It maps out periods from the 7th century BC to the creation of paper money in China in the 10th century, then follows the South American native population’s first encounter with European conquistadors, to Brazilian money used in the eventuating slave trade.
The school says: “Imagine what life would be without money. How could we buy and sell, receive and pay, stock up and save for the future, if it did not exist?… We’ll end the parade talking about a future already present through cryptocurrencies – a digital resource system designed to function as a medium of exchange.”
As 82-year old Mário Monteiro, who performs along with his sister Cacá Monteiro, 64, points out, it is somewhat ironic to be putting on a performance about money when the carnival is going through its most sustained period of financial difficulty in years, but adds, “It’s time to put the sadness in the drawer and take the joy out of the closet, because it’s Carnival!”
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