OKTOBERFEST IN BRAZIL!
Steffen Weisbrod shows how German-speaking immigrants preserved their cultural heritage and traditions in southern Brazil

The immigration from German speaking regions to Brazil, mainly from the Austrian-German Empire, started significantly in 1817 after the marriage of Leopoldina from Habsburg (daughter of Kaiser Franz I. from Austria) with Crown Prince Pedro of Portugal. Pedro became the first Brazilian Emperor in 1822 after the independence from Portugal. Today around 12 million Brazilians have German roots.
In this presentation we will show how these immigrants preserved their cultural heritage and language and outline their big impact for the cultural and economic development in Brazil.