One is always struck by the numbers, by the magnitude of this event. At the first Press conference a summary of the ?vital statistics? of the Forum was distributed. The number of thematic axes has increased from 4 in the previous years to 8 this year. One of the themes added has been the last one: ethical issues, worldviews, and spiritualities. The WSF has formally recognised that religion and spirituality can play an important role in the transformation of the world. The organisers claim that they have registered 100 musical shows, 41 public and popular theatre representations, 85 art shows, and more than 150 film and video presentations. The venue of the Forum is enormous, occupying 150,000 square meters, the equivalent of, to use popular Brazilian terminology,18 football (soccer) stadiums. The cost of setting up the entire complex was 1,3 million US $.