Chartered Institute
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Mythbusting Brasil!

Event Report

First of all, many thanks to all who joined us and supported our first Zoom event – we were honoured to receive Chair of Council Judith Gabler and many more distinguished guests!

Our young student affiliate Fernanda Viana, who lives in Minas Gerais, an inland southeastern state known for mining,  very courageously started for us with a lively overview of some of the more common stereotypes attributed to Brazil.

That was followed by Mark’s short talk on German, Italian and Pomeranian immigration into Brazil in the mid-19th century, and how the Pomeranian language is co-officialised by law and preserved in a town in the state of Espírito Santo.

The icing on the cake was provided by our dynamic duo Cris Petrizzi and Roberto Costa, live from south-east England, sharing their knowledge of the very diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic and gastronomic fabric of the great metropolis of São Paulo.

Here is some feedback we received after the event:

Just a quick note to thank you and your co-speakers for the huge effort put into tonight's event. It was so nice to meet you and others virtually and to widen my horizons in more ways than one. Please pass on my thanks, and all the best. Until next time!

Join the Brazil Network for their first online event!

A light-hearted look at some not-so-stereotypical aspects of Brazil.

There will be three short presentations on aspects of Brazil, such as the way the people look and act, climate and culture; the cosmopolitan and multicultural nature of metropolitan giant São Paulo and how its people and their backgrounds have shaped modern-day Brazil, plus a brief look at the history, traditions and culture of 19th century European immigrants in Brazil and their descendants, and how their heritage and, in some cases, original languages are preserved. 


Fernanda Viana - Brazilian myths: (Stereotyped Brazil V Real Brazil) – Fernanda will bust some general myths about the language, popular culture, cities and climate, appearance & behaviour of the people, and what led to the creation of these strereotypes.

Mark Thompson – The European Connection:

Mark will talk briefly about the arrival of European immigrants, particularly Pomeranians in Brazil in the 1850s, and how their culture, traditions and language are preserved to this day.

Cris Petrizzi and Roberto Costa – Brazil: a Multicultural Hot Pot: Cris and Roberto will present on the multicultural and cosmopolitan city of São Paulo, talking about the different nationalities and backgrounds that have made Brazil what it is today.

These presentations will last 15 minutes each followed by a Q&A session.

This event will be held on Zoom – log in details will be emailed to attendees who contact the network via


February 24th, 2021 4:00 PM
Online event
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Category CIOL
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Brazil Network