Australian Embassy


Future events

6th Australia Film Festival - Belo Horizonte

The sixth edition of the Australian Film Festival will take place in Sao Paulo, from 12-24 April, at the CCBB . The festival is an immersion in the Australian culture, through outstanding cinematographic productions in the country. Between classics and recent movies, the show has several genres and classifications, such as: The Great Gatsby, In the Heart of the Sea, Moulin Rouge, Shine and more. After Sao Paulo, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro will host the Festival! Check the complete schedule.

Current events

Out of The Dreaming

The Out of the Dreaming exhibition brings Indigenous Australian art and culture – the oldest living cultures in the world – to Brazil. After great success at the Cultural Centre in Fortaleza (Caixa Cultural de Fortaleza), the exhibition is in Rio with works by renowned Australian artists. Don’t miss it! From 14 March - 14 May at Caixa Cultural Rio.

Past Events

Nuffield Networking Reception

On 14 February the Embassy hosted the “Nuffield Networking Reception” at the Embassy, to celebrate the NuffieldInternational Conference which brought hundreds of people to Brasilia this week. This was the first time the Nuffield International Conference were held in South America!

Quiz Night - International Women's Day

The Australian Embassy held a #InternationalWomensDay Quiz Night to raise funds for the Brazilian organisation Casa da Mulher. Thank-you to all of the participants who helped us to raise 6,000 BRL (2,500 AUD) to invest in local businesses run by women who have suffered from violence. Vibrant Ashantis Negras, which brought even more animation to the event! Increasing female participation in politics and economics is essential for social and economic development, and it was fantastic to hear about positive grass roots initiatives like Casa da Mulher in Brazil.

Diário do Olivier: Austrália (Olivier’s Diary: Australia)

On 7 March, the Australian Embassy hosted a premiere event for the release of the popular Brazilian TV cooking show ‘Diário do Olivier: Austrália’ (Olivier’s Diary: Australia). Journalists and tourism professionals had the opportunity to taste French chef Olivier Anquier’s fabulous recipes at  Soul Kitchen Lab, in São Paulo.


Lion premiere

On 15 Febraury, the embassy staged a premiere screening in Brasilia of the Australian Oscar-nominated film "Lion". The Embassy partnered with Diamon Films (the local distributor) and Cinemark to stage a cocktail reception followed by a special premiere screening.  The event was well attended by representatives of the Brazilian Government, diplomatic community and cultural and education sectors.


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!

Sounds Australia Trade Mission to South America

Australia’s export music market development initiative SOUNDS AUSTRALIA collaborated with the Federal Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to lead a delegation of music industry professionals to South America in January.

The Australian Music Industry South American Trade Mission has seen top operators from multiple sectors of the industry, including managers, labels, publishers, promoters, PR, media and peak trade body representatives, participate in a range of events at music conferences across Chile, Argentina and Brazil. They joined targeted workshops, showcases and networking meetings to gain an overview and introduction to these important new music markets.

The all-star team included Andrew Stone (Chugg Music), Ashley Gay (Xelon Entertainment), Clara Iaccarino (Perth International Arts Festival), Jaime Gough (Native Tongue Music Publishing), Maggie Collins (BIGSOUND), Matthew Rogers (We Are Unified), Monique Rothstein (Positive Feedback), Scot Morris (APRA AMCOS), Stuart Rogers (Sydney Festival) and Warren Costello (Liberation Music).

To establish and strengthen long-term, two-way business connections in South America, the team had multiple aims that included identifying and securing local partnerships and navigating and negotiating new markets especially with respect to:

  • Managing tour logistics
  • Production and presentation values
  • Promotion and marketing
  • Media, community and audience engagement

Millie Millgate, Executive Producer SOUNDS AUSTRALIA says: "Building relationships is key to Australia’s success in these emerging markets over the coming years. The trade mission presented a meaningful reconnaissance opportunity that sets a strong foundation for reciprocal business and cultural outcomes.

"It's another example of how SOUNDS AUSTRALIA creates game-changing business opportunities for artists and their representatives in various territories, and plays an integral role in helping break Australian artists overseas."  

Since its inception in 2009, SOUNDS AUSTRALIA has participated at 50 different international events, taking place in 53 cities, across 20 countries.

The Australian Music Industry South American Trade Mission is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Cultural Diplomacy Grant Program of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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.

Alumni Event!

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.

Official visits

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.

Casa Australia

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

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:


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.