Cais do Sertão was my first stop in downtown Recife, better known as Old Recife. This was once as a somewhat neglected and unsafe part of the city, with decaying buildings and a very vibrant nightlife. However, I found something altogether different when I arrived in Old Recife.
The streets are clean, there are lots of families out and about, and there are cultural outlets I did not recognize, all due to the renovation of the Port of Recife’s warehouses which have been given a new lease on life. The bold architectural project that is the Cais do Sertão Museum is one such example.
Constructed in 2018, this is an interactive museum about the Sertão – the interior of northeast Brazil – which focuses on the life and work of the artist Luiz Gonzaga. It is a homage to the “King of Baião”, the iconic figure of the popular culture of the Pernambuco interior.
It’s worth visiting, touching, experiencing. And not just to embarrass yourself in the karaoke booths as you try to sing some Sertaneja tunes. It is great fun!