Virada Cultural Features Woman Suspended In The Air From Hooks (PICTURES)

Posted: 07/05/2012 12:54 Updated: 07/05/2012 12:54

It's not something you see everyday.

A woman takes to the stage suspended in the air from hooks attached to her piercings in her back, covered in white body paint, blood pouring down her back.

Yards away, men dressed in spandex and masks wait backstage for the South American Wrestling Championship.

These are just some of the sights on show at the Virada Cultural festival in Brazil, a 24 hour cultural marathon exhibiting music art, theatre and fancy dress.

The festival, which ran from 5-6 May also featured a man suspended mid-air playing the piano, and performances from poetry troops.

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  • A woman leaves the stage after being sus

    A woman leaves the stage after being suspended in the air from hooks attached to body piercings put on her back, during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A woman gestures after being suspended i

    A woman gestures after being suspended in the air from hooks attached to body piercings put on her back, during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A woman is suspended in the air from hoo

    A woman is suspended in the air from hooks attached to body piercings put on her back, during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A woman is suspended in the air from hoo

    A woman is suspended in the air from hooks attached to body piercings put on her back, during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A woman is suspended in the air from hoo

    A woman is suspended in the air from hooks attached to body piercings put on her back, during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A woman is suspended in the air from hoo

    A woman is suspended in the air from hooks attached to body piercings put on her back, during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A woman is suspended in the air from hoo

    A woman is suspended in the air from hooks attached to body piercings put on her back, during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A woman is suspended in the air from hoo

    A woman is suspended in the air from hooks attached to body piercings put on her back, during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A woman is suspended in the air from hoo

    A woman is suspended in the air from hooks attached to body piercings put on her back, during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • An expert puts body piercings on the bac

    An expert puts body piercings on the back of a woman before she is suspended in air from hooks put there, during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Wrestlers wait on the backstage before p

    Wrestlers wait on the backstage before performing in the South American Wrestling Championship during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Wrestlers wait on the backstage before p

    Wrestlers wait on the backstage before performing in the South American Wrestling Championship during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Wrestlers wait on the backstage before p

    Wrestlers wait on the backstage before performing in the South American Wrestling Championship during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Wrestlers get ready on the backstage bef

    Wrestlers get ready on the backstage before performing in the South American Wrestling Championship during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Wrestlers perform during the South Ameri

    Wrestlers perform during the South American Wrestling Championship during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Wrestlers perform during the South Ameri

    Wrestlers perform during the South American Wrestling Championship during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Wrestlers perform during the South Ameri

    Wrestlers perform during the South American Wrestling Championship during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Wrestlers perform during the South Ameri

    Wrestlers perform during the South American Wrestling Championship during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Picture of a wrestling belt taken on the

    Picture of a wrestling belt taken on the backstage during the South American Wrestling Championship during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Wrestlers wait on the backstage before p

    Wrestlers wait on the backstage before performing in the South American Wrestling Championship during the annual 'Virada Cultural' event, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 6, 2012. The Virada Cultural is a cultural party which offers 24 hours of uninterrupted attractions in stages around the city, such as music, dance, cooking, theatre, exhibitions of art and history and other forms of expression. AFP PHOTO/Nelson ALMEIDA (Photo credit should read NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP/GettyImages)

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