Australia Day lunch
On Australia Day (26 January), the Embassy held a lunch with valued partners at Hotel Emiliano’s restaurant, in Sao Paulo who play an important role strengthening Australia-Brazil relations.
From left to right: Alexandre Pundek (Economic and Political Advisor), Prof. José Celso Freire Júnior (Universidade Estadual Paulista), Dr. Ronaldo Veirano (Honorary Consul of Australia for Brazil), Marcelo Behar(Natura), Greg Wallis, Consul General and Senior Commercial Attaché, Tracy Reid (Deputy Head of Mission, Australian Embassy in Brasilia), John Richardson (Australian Ambassador to Brazil), Marco Zago (Dean of the University of Sao Paulo), Maria Edith Gamboa (Goodman), Raul Machado Neto (University of Sao Paulo), Marcelo de Franco (Butantan Institute), Pedro Moreira (CHEP) e Alcinéia Emmerick (Government of São Paulo). Thanks for join us!
Australia Day reception
In order to celebrate Australia Day (26 January), the Embassy held an Aussie-style reception at Camden House in Sao Paulo! Thanks to all of the 70 guests from across business, academia, government, research and science who joined us on this amazing night to celebrate Australia Day and the ongoing work that has contributed to the growing institutional, government and people-to-people links between Australia and Brazil. We had a blast!
Presentation to CNA Youth on Drought and Water Management
On 25 November, the Embassy was delighted to meet the next generation of Brazilian agribusiness professionals. The winners of CNA Youth (CNA Jovem), a program promoted by the Confederation of Brazilian Agriculture and Livestock (CNA) and the National Service for Rural Learning (SENAR), visited us to learn about Australia’s experience of drought and water management. As agricultural producers with similar climatic challenges, Australia and Brazil benefit from exchanging experiences in this important area.
Our Alumni students, from São Paulo met at Marakuthai restaurant on 8 November to network and discuss their educational experiences. The event was supported by Austrade and the Australian Centre. Representatives from ATN also joined the event!
Meeting with Australian Technology Network (ATN) of Universities and Brazilian Association of Deans of State and Municipal Universities (ABRUEM)
On 7 November, Ambassador John Richardson met members of ATN (Australian Technology Network of Universities) and ABRUEM (Brazilian Association of Deans of State and Municipal Universities), to share experiences in the internationalisation of higher education. ABRUEM will visit Australia in 2017 to explore possibilities of further bi-lateral cooperation. The meeting was a great opportunity to discuss the best ways to foster partnerships during their time in Australia.
Out of the Dreaming
The Out of Dreaming exposition arrived in Fortaleza on 13 September with an opening ceremony on Caixa Cultural at 7pm! It was a month of contemporary Indigenous Australian art in the capital of Ceará. The exhibition happened at Caixa Cultural (Av. Pessoa Anta, 287 – Praia de Iracema) from 14 September – 13 October. Don’t miss it!
Australia Now Cultural Festival
Each year the Australian government promotes a cultural exchange in a priority country, with the goal of cultivating significant and long-lasting bonds between the two countries.
This awesome cultural festival has recently taken place in Turkey, Vietnam, Indonesia and India. In 2016, it was Brazil’s turn to taste the vitality and diversity of Australian contemporary culture. There was be music, dance, theatre, sports, fashion, gastronomy, visual arts, film and photography. This was the first time the festival has come to Latin America!
To see the photo gallery for the event click here
Rio 2016 Games
The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games have come to an end – Thank you, Brazil, for the fantastic show you put on for the world's best athletes!
The Games were a great success and we, at the Embassy, are very proud of all the Australian athletes that competed in Rio. It was an intense 4+ weeks of competition, but we know that the journey to Rio was a much longer one - months, years and in some cases decades of training and sacrifice to be selected to represent Australia.
During the games both Olympic and Paralympic teams put on a great performance. Our Olympic team won 29 medals and our Paralympic team won 81 medals, both finishing the games high up on the country medal table.
But the games involved more than just the competitions! It is a celebration of achievement, courage and people from all round the world coming together. In that spirit, the Embassy promoted a range of activities over the period to celebrate sports and the connection between Australia and Brazil.
We were delighted to welcome some very senior Australian authorities to Brazil and share with them both the Rio 2016 Games and the great work that our partner DAP projects are doing! His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove and his wife, Lady Cosgrove, had the opportunity of meeting with Pipa Social and Luta Pela Paz, and the Australian Minister for Sports, Health and Aged Care, the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, and the Assistant Minister of Sports, Health and Aged Care, the Hon Ken Wyatt, visited the headquarters of Urece. All are NGOs that promote social inclusion through sports.
During the first week of the Olympic Games, Casa Australia was open to thousands of visitors from all over the world, showcasing in particular education, investment and tourism. Casa Australia also hosted dozens of students for an Australian Alumni event, a great opportunity for exchanges of experiences and networking. Have a look at the events in:
Australian Film Festival
Every year the Australian Embassy organises a festival with a selection of Australian movies, showcased in various Brazilian cities. This year, the Australia Film Festival took place in May in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia.
Alumni events are a great opportunity for Brazilians who have already studied in Australia to get to know other alumni, share experiences and improve their network! In April adn May we hosted events in Belo Horizonte, Fortaleza, Natal and Campinas.
Stay tune for upcoming alumni events. If you have any questions, please contact: email@example.com
Donated Boats Baptism – Vela para Todos
On 16 March, the Australian Ambassador, John Richardson, and Ambassadress Yvonne Flanders, had the pleasure of baptising some of the boats donated by the Embassy to the ‘Vela para Todos’ (Sailing for All) project, alongside the Vice Minister for Sports and Leisure from GDF, Leila Barros, and the DAP and Vela para Todos teams. The Hansa 303 boats are Australian made and adapted for use by people with disabilities. The boats are used by a wide variety of sailors, from young children to the three athletes who will participate in the World Championship for adapted sailing to be held in June in the Netherlands.
The ‘Vela para Todos’ program has been offering sailing classes for people with disabilities for more than 5 years. In 2015, they were one of the institutions chosen by the Australian Direct Aid Program!
Workshop and Lunch for International Woman’s Day 2016
On 8 March, to mark International Women’s Day, the Australian Ambassador hosted a lunch and workshop. Law Professor at Brasilia University, Débora Diniz, presented the keynote address on the impact of the Zika virus on Brazilian women’s reproductive rights. To check out her lecture, please click the link below:
*In order to activate the subtitles in Portuguese, click configurations, in the bottom right corner of the video.
Vibrant arts, culture and music
Discover more about the vibrant arts scene in Australia with the Australia Council and Australian Government’s Office of the Arts, including the latest news about Australian artists, events, projects and trends.
Turn up the volume on new Australian music with Sounds Australia.
See what’s on when it comes to new Australian films with Screen Australia.
Enjoy Australian and indigenous art with the National Gallery of Australia.
Explore Australia’s history and ideas with the National Museum of Australia.
Still want more? Explore the links to Australian art and cultural institutions on the Australia International Cultural Council website or contact directly one of Australia’s nearly 200 arts organisations.