By the presence of the Dutch and the Portuguese in the past Natal has a rich cultural
background. The first thing you should notice is usually the Forte dos Reis Magos. This
fort is located at the mouth of the Pontengi River, which runs through Natal. You can
visit this fort daily and it's a wonderful place for a panorama view of the city.
You can still find many ancient buildings in Natal such as the Town Hall, the theatre and
a building which is certainly worth visiting, the Tourist Centre on Rua Aderbal de
Figueiredo, which is located in an old prison. The building is a UNESCO World Heritage
site and is already set up as a tourist information centre since 1988. It is situated on a
hill in the city, giving you again a nice view of Natal. There are all kinds of shops
located in the old cells and you can also get a lot of information about the whole region.
Every Thursday night there is a folkloric dance evening organised for the tourists at the
square inside the building.
A well-known theatre is the ‘Teatro Alberto Maranhão'. It is a beautiful building with
French influences on the outside and Belgian influences on the inside. Please take a look
at the entrance and the hall. In the port you can find the ‘Capitania das Artes’. The
building is built in neoclassical style and serves as a cultural venue for many
exhibitions in the field of art. There are also concerts, events and congresses.
By the fact that Brazil is one of the first multicultural societies in the world, it has
received many influences in the field of culture. This mix has led to a new and mixed
development on different ways. Religion and music with influences from mainly Europe and
Africa has given this country her own soul. In many parts in the city you can find places
where, capoeira is demonstrated or where you can see an exciting show with the swirling
Brazilian rhythms and folklore.