Life at the Starlight Cinema & Brazilian Festa

 My friend is one of the organisers of something that I think is a great idea: a Brazilian Festa at Starlight Cinema. I wrote the media release for her and just thought people should know about this event… as a Brazilian myself I think it’s a great opportunity for people to try our flavours, our food, dance, drinks and cinema, a full cultural pack…
A Celebration of Brazil in Sydney this February
This summer Starlight Cinema is teaming with “The Three of Us”, three dynamic Brazilian event producers, to bring Brazil and all aspects of its culture – film, music, dance, food and cocktails – to the fabulous North Sydney Oval on Sunday 22 February.
Starlight Cinema is a great entertainment concept which is perfect to extend into a cultural festival. Outdoor movies are magical when crowds gather together to enjoy a great community event. The Starlight Cinema crowd has grown bigger every year. Now in its sixth year, it has a very loyal following of patrons from all over Sydney.
People young and old are drawn to the idea of spending a great evening outdoors, catching up with new and old friends, watching the sun set and Starlight Cinema’s giant inflatable screen coming alive with a movie at dusk.

On Sunday 22 February North Sydney Oval will open its gates early, at 3pm so that Australians and Brazilians alike can enjoy a party, a Festa!
Flavia Fontes, the event’s director said ‘I love living in Australia, particularly Sydney. Its vibe and energy remind me of Brazil and I want Brazilians and non-Brazilians to get a taste of the synergy of our two cultures’.
‘We are thrilled to make the Brazilian Festa part of the Starlight Cinema season. We regularly incorporate performance, especially music, into our season. With so many Brazilians living north and south of the harbour, North Sydney is the perfect location for this festa and film’, said Starlight Cinema producer, Jill Keyte.
From 3pm, festa goers will be able to try delicious Brazilian food, listen to the world famous bossa nova and samba music live, try the unique Caipirinha cocktail. For those who have never had Brazilian food, the tasty Feijoada, pastel, coxinha, churros, churrasco and Guarana will have their mouths watering with the smell whilst cooking. For native Brazilians it will be the perfect opportunity to connect with their home country.
The film “Os Desafinados” (Out of Tune) will start at sundown. It’s a new movie, currently screening in Brazil. It reflects the smart, artistic, funny spirit of Brazil. Its story is about the Bossa Nova and Cinema Novo (New Cinema) during three decades of the country’s political changes.

For active, fun-loving people, there will be workshops of Capoeira, Caipirinha, Samba & Brazilian dancing. An experience of rhythm and movement that always brings smiles and happiness to those who try it. The support of the Consulate-General of Brazil and the Brazilian Community Council of Australia is assisting to bring this creative initiative to Sydney’s north shore. Tickets are now on sale at, $20 adults; $18 concession; $12 children and $50 families.

Summary of the Brazilian Festa:
Party with us and enjoy the Carnivale atmosphere of Brazil!
Music: Get into the chill out style of Bossa Nova and Samba live.
Food: Try popular foods Feijoada, Pastel e Coxinha, Churros, Churrasco and Popcorn & Guarana.
Caipirinha Bar: Enjoy Brazil’s favourite cocktail and learn how to make it.
Workshops: The masters will teach you how to do the Capoeira, Samba and other Brazilian
Gate opens – 3.00pm
Capoeira & Dance Workshops – 4.00pm
Brazilian Latin Groove live – 6.30pm
Film at Sundown – Os Desafinados – 8.00pm
Adults – $20; Concession (Student, Seniors & Pensioners) – $18; Child (3 to 14 years) – $12;
Family (2 adults & 2 children) – $50
Os Desafinados (Out of Tune)
Os Desafinados is one of the most popular films currently showing in Brazil. The film chronicles the energetic days of the sixties when Brazil was revealing its new face of modernity to the world. Remembering the first years of Bossa Nova and Cinema Novo, Os Desafinados, is a love story among friends through three decades of Brazil’s political changes. The music and images are enchanting.
Proudly sponsored by: Hungerford Hill; LAN Airlines; Bluetongue Beer
Supported by: Consulate General of Brazil; Radar Magazine; BraCCA; Sagatiba

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