On September 8, several hundred people converged in the iconic Sydney Opera House’s stunning Concert Hall to enjoy Brazil at the Harbour festivities. The exclusive event celebrated not only Brazil’s National Day in Sydney but also 70 years of diplomatic relations between Brazil and Australia, the Southern Hemisphere’s two largest economies.
Upon arrival, guests were treated to Brazil’s national cocktail, the traditional cocktail caipirinha; a flowing bar; delicious canapés; and spectacular views of Sydney Harbour.
Beatriz Wagner, executive producer for the Portuguese language program of SBS Radio, served as the evening’s master of ceremonies, and the event kicked off with rousing renditions of both the Australian and Brazilian national anthems. Following the music, Wagner introduced an array of prominent and engaging speakers:
- Ambassador Carlos de Abreu, Consul General of Brazil
- Ambassador Rubem Barbosa, Ambassador of Brazil to Australia
- Anthony Roberts, Minister of Industry, Resources and Energy
- Julio de Laffitte, President of the Australia Brazil Business Council
- Craig Foster, SBS presenter
- His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley, Governor of New South Wales
When the speeches ended, the party really got underway, with a bossa nova show featuring the jazzy South American rhythms of Juliana Areias and her band, who performed two lively sets, as attendees listened and danced the night away.