RITMO Brazilian Festival 2009

Flyer of Ritmo – Brazilian Festival in Sydney 2009

“Ritmo” means “rhythm” and it is the name for this Brazilian Cultural celebration, an initiative of BraCCA, Brazilian Community Council of Australia. The event has been happening since 2001 and this is its ninth edition, it was created as part of the celebration of Brazil’s 500 years anniversary. Ritmo Brazilian Festival is scheduled for the 20th September 2009 at Tumbalong Park in Darling Harbour, one of Sydney’s most breathtaking sites. This event is so important that it has a date kept in reserve in Sydney’s calendar every year.
Attendees are entertained with the range of activities, involving music, dance and food. Starting at 11 am RITMO is a major showcase of Brazilian culture in Australia and also the most important event for the Brazilian community in the country. Ritmo is sponsored by several companies such as Sagatiba, LAN, Real Transfer, Sydney Foreshore Authority e o General Consulate of Brazil that believe in the continuous success of the festival.
The expectation is for 27,000 participants this year, seven thousand more than the record number achieved in 2008. BraCCA has plans to have an important event in 2010 to marc it’s 10 years of existance. The big success of this festival is due to the charismatic ways of the Brazilian people and the diversity of presentations such as Capoeira, Samba, Axé, Pagode, other traditional dances from Northeast and Brazilian popular music performances.
Great artists are confirmed with the special participation of Gianne Abbott, Brazilian dancer among the top 10 on “So You Think You Can Dance 2009” TV Series from Channel 10; also Latin Dance Australia; Umbela Brasil and Brazilian Latin Dance Company will shine uppon Ritmo’s stage. The bands Samba Austrália; Pisa na Fulo; Ziggy & Wild Drums and Performing Brazil will bring great music.
This is an opportunity to try the best of the Brazilian food and drinks, like Feijoada, a traditional Brazilian dish made with black beans, pork and sausages and eaten with rice. Brazilian cuisine is a mixture of exotic ingredients with a hint of passion. At Ritmo there will be an array of exquisite flavours to be tasted.
People can learn the true meaning of the word Ginga with the amazing display of acrobatic movements from Capoeira, an African-Brazilian style of martial arts. With Capoeira Brazil; Capoeira Abada and Capoeira Aruanda you will discover why Samba is famous worldwide. During the day you will also see arts and crafts from all over Brazil. It is a place to bring a picnic rug, slather on the sunscreen, sit back, enjoy the show and have a fun day out. The entrance is free!
It is a day to join the nation that introduced Samba to the world for a time filled with its joys and colours, live music and dancing. An occasion to share the tolerant and harmonic atmosphere when the Brazilian people join the Australian multiculturalism, sharing what is their best with all other cultures.


Summary: Ritmo – Brazilian Festival:

20th September 2009
Tumbalong Park – Darling Harbour
Sydney – NSW – Australia
From 11am to 6pm
Free entrance
Food: Try popular foods Feijoada, Pastel e Coxinha, Churros, Churrasco and Popcorn & Guaraná
Caipirinha Bar: Enjoy Brazil’s favourite cocktail and learn how to make it
– Samba Australia
– Pisa na Fulo
– Ziggy and Wild Drums
– Performing Brazil
– Gianne Abbott
– Latin Dance Australia
– Umbela Brasil
– Brazilian Latin Dance Company
– Capoeira Brazil
– Capoeira Abada
– Capoeira Aruanda

Sagatiba, LAN, Real Transfer, Sydney Foreshore Authority e o Consulado Geral do Brasil

Further information: events@bracca.org


BraCCA – Brazilian Community Council of Australia

BraCCA is a non-profit organisation located in Sydney, NSW, Australia, with the main purposes of promoting the Brazilian Culture, representing the needs of the Brazilian Community to government both in Brazil and Australia; to further motivate the cultural interchange and relations between Brazil and Australia.

Hut 45A 142 Addison Road, Marrickville NSW 2204
Phone: (02) 9560-6866

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Highlights of the Brazilian Festa

LDA Samba Girls Show at Moonlight Cinema Brazilian Festa

These are some pictures I took from the Brazilian Festa at Starlight Cinema this Sunday 22nd Feb 09.
I had a great time, it was all very organised and the day was perfect. The food was Oh! So! Good! The activities were fun and helped me to get rid of some of the calories so I could squeeze just one more “churros” in me.
The “feijoada” I took home as I couldn’t make space for it and it is a safe food to take away.

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Capoeira Workshop at Brazilian Festa
 Samba Workshop
Samba Workshop by Marcia Pinheiro from Latin Dance Australia

There was this girl I know from the dancing scene that must be harbouring a major hangover up to today… she tried the “Caipirinha” in a go, looked at her friend and said: “Oh, they do have a bit of a pang don’t they?” Well “Cachaça”, the liquor with which this drink is made, has a 38% mark. Uuuuuhhhh! Not happy with that, I saw her drinking at least another four during the day… She kept saying: “they taste so good!” A lot of people learned how to do the “Caipirinha’s” themselves at the Sagatiba’s workshops, lime, sugar, “cachaça”, shake and fun! Isn’t that cool?

Caipirinha Workshop
Capirinha Workshop at Sagatiba’s Booth

The boys from Capoeira Brasil are all happy because they are the first Capoeira International College. That means students can now get student visas and do Capoeira courses. We were not happy that they had this t-shirts on, though. Usually they perform shirtless as the traditional schools do. I think they wanted to promote their new college status; I was talking to some girls and we decided next time we will offer to do some body paint for them if they really need to show the website… Naughty girls!

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Frescobol Players resting at Brazilian Festa

“Frescobol” is a kind of tennis Brazilians like to play on the beach and barbecues. There were free lending of raquets and balls for the people to play. Everyone had a lot of fun on this beautiful sunny afternoon.

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Live Band playing Brazilian Music

The movie was awesome, a piece of home really. Such a good example of our culture, the way we talk, the music, the loves, the lives. Excellent actors too.

Young Girl Dancing

This young lady is a natural born dancer!

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Brazilian Carnaval in Sydney

The Carnaval in Brazil is an event that marks the year. Actually it’s like the world only starts spinning in Brazil after the Carnaval. Seriously, the sales pick up, business in all companies really start only then, school terms, uni classes. It’s all and about after the Carnaval. The country stops for it. No-one can pass it unaffected.
The normal life gets out of the window. If it’s a quiet town it gets deserted because everyone is out. If it’s a busy town it gets crowded with people queuing for fresh bread in the morning and dancing life away the rest of the time. All beaches are packed. Whoever is working works double. All the rest is partying.
It’s all about joy, jumping, dancing, kissing, making out, dressing up, and undressing up. There are a lot of types of Carnaval from each region of my Big Brazil.
I am a co-author in an article at Radar Magazine that explains about it.
Some awesome parties will be happening in Sydney you shouldn’t miss. It’s fun for everyone. No-one in the world should spend their lives without experiencing Carnaval and this is something it’s impossible to explain properly, only being there, sweating the sweat, seeing the bodies, feeling the vibe, adding to the energy, moving your bum and letting yourself go, you will really understand it and the, you will want it every year.
You don’t have to know how to dance just how to jump, scream, party and if you are a good kisser… good for you, you may get lucky.

Amy & Kylie
It’s all about having a great time. Wear something comfortable, sensible shoes and a lot of anti-perspirant please. Choosing Brazilian shirts is a good idea and wearing yellow and green is always a success. Above all: don’t be shy and be prepared for a crowd!
Check “One Night In Brazil” website: http://www.onenightinbrazil.com.au
Or Latin Dance Australia: http://www.latindance.com.au

See you there!

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