Posted by Danni Le Toullec on November 30, 2010
Last Saturday night, Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project brought the vivacious culture of Brazil to Sydney's doorstep. The event was part of a massive social experiment from Smirnoff, which gave people all around the world the opportunity to see how their foreign counterparts get down and dirty. Fourteen countries across the globe - including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, India, Ireland, Lebanon, Poland, South Africa, Thailand and Venezuela - exchanged their local nightlife for one evening of debauchery.
The vibrant culture of Brazilian Carnivale transformed Sydney's Metro Theatre with bright feathers, pounding drums, sculpted bodies and delicious cocktails. Street signs showed us the way to Rio de Janeiro and Salvador. Fresh Caprioskas with guava, Batidas and Brazilian Mules were on offer along with Smirnoff's new ginger beer/vodka concoction called Mule and the standard Smirnoff Double Black and Ice.
DJ Anna Lunoe warmed up the crowd with a flawless mix of funked up Bossa nova and Baile Funk that was perfect for dancing around with one of the many brightly coloured feathers that decorated the tables. The headliners for the night, Bonde do Rolê, were so full of energy it was hard not to get wrapped up in the excitement. At one point the lead singer jumped into the crowd, bare-chested wearing only a cape, to lead a massive conga line. The four-piece put on a great performance with their newly recruited female singers, including a New Zealand lass who was found via a hit MTV reality show in Brazil. More...