The 15th World Leisure Congress was held in Sao Paulo Brazil and addressed the theme of the main barriers – physical, socioeconomic and symbolic – that still exist and constrain the access of people to Leisure, and discussed ways to overcome these obstacles. This debate may contribute to resizing the question of Leisure as a right in contemporary society in its diverse perspectives, expanding the understanding of Leisure as a time for personal re-signification as well as for social and community development. Plenary sessions, lectures, workshops, debates and presentations aimed to identify, discuss and propose ways to overcome these obstacles. Prof. Dr. Ricardo Ricci Uvinha was the chairman of the Scientific Commission and responsible to lead several sessions at the event, including launching a new book under his editorship entitled “Leisure in Brazil: research groups and thematic associations”

The event was promoted by Social Service of Commerce in partnership with the World Leisure Organization WLO with the support of the School of Arts, Sciences and Humanities of the University of São Paulo, as well as other supporters. This provided an opportunity for integration and exchange of successful experiences in the field of Leisure among people and institutions of diverse nationalities. Dr Marie Young from the Sport, Recreation and Exercise Department, University of the Western Cape, South Africa also attended this event. She is a member of the local conference organising committee of the BRICSCESS 2019, which will be held in Cape Town. 

In addition to the scientific program, participants had the opportunity to learn more about Brazilian culture by means of a special programming with artistic presentations, study tours in Leisure social projects and city tours. The conference brought 1000 delegates from 37 countries.