里约市长计划削减对桑巴舞学校的资助 分享到
Rio Mayor Plans to Reduce Samba School Funding 2017-07-1053333

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Carnival is one of the most popular celebrations in South America’s biggest country, Brazil.
狂欢节是南美洲最大国家巴西最受欢迎的庆祝活动之一。
And nowhere is the six-day celebration bigger than in the city of Rio de Janeiro.
这个狂欢为期六天,没有哪个地方比里约热内卢的狂欢更为盛大。
People across the city fill the streets with singing and dancing in the days before the Catholic religious observance of Lent. The festival includes parades and contests between the city’s top samba schools, known as the Special Group.
在大斋节天主教的宗教仪式开始前的几天,城市中的人们涌上街头,唱歌跳舞。节日活动有游行、市顶级桑巴舞学校比赛,这些学校又叫做“特别队”。
But the Rio Times newspaper reports that the mayor may reduce the amount of money given to the city’s top samba schools by one half for the 2018 festival.
但是《里约时报》报道,里约市长可能会在2018年狂欢节上,将原本资助顶级桑巴学校的资金削减一半。
Rio mayor Marcelo Crivella says the money would be used for the city’s childcare centers.
里约市长马尔塞罗·克里韦拉称这笔资金将用于城市的托管中心。
City officials say the samba schools of the Special Group received about $8 million for the Carnival parades in 2017. Now, officials want to reduce that amount to about $4 million for 2018.
城市官员称“特别队”的桑巴学校在2017年接受了800万美元的狂欢游行资助。如今,2018年的狂欢节官员们想把这笔资金削减到400万美元。
Crivella said that people living in the city must decide whether they would rather use their resources for, in his words, “a three-day party or 365 days a year.”
克里韦拉称市民必须做出决定,他们是否愿意将他们的资金用作“一场三天的聚会还是一年365天的托管。”
Jorge Luiz Castanheira is the president of The Independent League of Samba Schools, or LIESA. He said that Crivella promised to invest more money in Carnival, not less, during his campaign for mayor.
佐治·雷斯是桑巴舞学校独立联盟(LIESA)的主席。他表示克里韦拉在竞选市长过程中曾经承诺,要为狂欢节投资更多而不是更少的钱。
He added that Rio’s economy depends on Carnival for tourism. He argued that hotels, restaurants and other economic activities create hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the city.
他补充说里约的经济依赖于狂欢节带动的旅游业。他认为酒店、餐饮和其他经济活动都为城市的税收创造了数亿美元的财富。
LIESA wrote a more detailed response to the mayor’s announcement on their website.
市长在网站上发布公告后,LIESA做出了非常详尽的回应。
Crivella became mayor of Rio de Janeiro in January. He is a member of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God. That religious group does not approve of Carnival.
克里韦拉于今年1月当选为里约热内卢市长。他是上帝之国普世教会的成员。这一宗教团体并不支持举办狂欢节。
The mayor was criticized for not giving the key to the city to King Momo during this year’s Carnival. King Momo is the traditional figure of Carnival whose appearance represents the beginning of the celebration.
人们批评市长在今年的狂欢节没有将金钥匙交给莫莫王。莫莫王是狂欢节传统人物,他的出现代表了狂欢庆祝的开始。
I’m Jonathan Evans.
我是乔纳森·埃文斯。

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