Joana Lira and Bel Andrade Lima are two illustrators and designers who have been behind the scenography of most of Recife’s Carnival events over the last 10-15 years. Below, I’ll talk a little about each one.
Joana Lira had enjoyed herself in countless Carnivals in both Olinda and Recife when in 2000 she was presented with the opportunity to be the one behind the entire design and layout of her state’s biggest Carnival events. She would find herself tasked with this very cool job for the next 10 years, until 2011 when she ‘retired’ from the Carnival scene.
Bel Andrade Lima, on the other hand, took over in 2013 from the previous year’s designer, the architect Carlos Augusto de Lira (Joana’s father). Bel’s background is also as an illustrator and designer and she was actually invited to take over, by Joana for her father’s firm, who has long been charged as the official overseer of Recife’s Carnival scenography. For 2014, Bel is back at it and you can catch her newest designs here.
Before I leave you with some short videos about the work of both artists, here is the site of Bel and the site of Joana. Also, here’s my primary and secondary source for the information on Joana and my primary source for Bel. Don’t forget to check out the 2014 schedule which I posted the other day. On to the videos!