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Expressions of Brazil - August 8-10

Explore South America’s biggest country over a three-day festival featuring a kaleidoscope of arts, cultural and culinary events.

Curatorial Statement

Brazil is a country of superlatives. It's a country of huge proportions and contrasts, and exercises a mysterious attraction over many people. With an area of 8.5 million square kilometres, it is virtually as big as Europe and covers half of the South American continent. Since the 16th century—when the Portuguese began settling in the country—Brazil always had a magic attraction to foreigners. First there was gold, then rubber and coffee, and today its legacy includes the country's rhythms, music, sports, industry and landscape.

Brazilians are renowned for their happiness, kindness and spontaneity. Brazil is a multicultural and multiethnic society. It is divided in five regions:

  • North (the exotic Amazon)
  • Northeast (the golden coast)
  • Central-West (the heart of Brazil)
  • Southeast (business and fun)
  • South (manufacturing and pampas)

Each region has its own influences and identity. It's like five countries inside one big Brazil, all of them rich and diverse.

We want to explore these different regions, showcasing local, national and international artists that are part of the Brazilian diaspora.

The largest country in South America is a kaleidoscope of fascinating pictures. Expressions of Brazil will reflect this.

— Barbara de la Fuente, Artistic Director


Harbourfront Centre Staff

William J.S. Boyle

Chief Executive Officer

Melanie Fernandez

Director, Community Engagement & Activation

Rodrigo Fritz

Senior Artistic Associate/Project Coordinator

Adriana Sabogal

Artistic Associate, Lead

Georgia Barrington

Administrative Coordinator

Cameron Switzer

Administrative Assistant, Events

Serge Sargento

Music Assistant

Andrea Strachan

Event Production Manager

Kim Trollope

Technical Director

Stirling Bogie

Production Coordinator

Genevieve Peng

Volunteer Coordinator

Dorothy Szczurek

Assistant Volunteer Coordinator

Adriana Sabogal

Vendor Coordinator

Georgia Barrington

Administrative Assistant, Vendors

Special Thanks to Expressions of Brazil

Barbara de la Fuente

Artistic Director (Southern Mirrors)

Cecilia Queiroz

Director (Puente)

Felipe Cerqueira

Production Coordinator

Lívia Ramos

Volunteer Coordinator

Henrique Matulis

Music Coordinator

Maria Tereza Papaleo


Ana Thomas


Adriana Hannickel


Catarina Matulis


Maria Eugenia Jardim

Family and Educational Activities

Tati Rossano

Logo and Image Design

Carolina Guerra

Production Assistant

Carolina Alfaro de Carvalho

Translation and Text Editing

Tiago Mistura


A programme of the complexity and size of this 2014 festival season is only possible with the cooperation, contributions and hard work of every department and all members of the entire Harbourfront Centre staff. We extend our thanks to them all. We would also like to acknowledge and thank the dedicated Harbourfront Centre Volunteer Team who, for the past 35 years, has worked tirelessly to make all our activities possible.
* Some exceptions apply
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