News from July 2019 - June 2020
We collaborate with the Banco de Alimentos de Madrid for one year
In the Australian Embassy in Madrid, we want to do our bit to contribute locally! This is why we have just started our collaboration with the Banco de Alimentos de Madrid for a year. On November 7, we were very pleased to receive its President Francisco García in Torre Espacio to inaugurate this collaboration with a very special initiative: the Embassies bake-off, a baking contest with participants from the Embassies of Australia, Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom to raise funds for this NGO. In 2019, the Banco de Alimentos in Madrid celebrates its 25th anniversary. Learn more about their work here.
World Day against the Death Penalty - #JuntosPorLosNiños
On 10 October 2019, 17th World Day against the Death Penalty, and coinciding with the 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we joined efforts with the embassies of Belgium, New Zealand and United Kingdom, the European Commission in Spain and the International Commission against the death penalty (ICDP). We launched a joint statement to give voice to the invisible victims of capital punishment: the children. Watch the video in English and Spanish or look for the hashtag #JuntosPorLosNiños on our social media Facebook y Twitter.
Interview with Ambassador Guivarra by SBS Español (Australia)
Celebrating NAIDOC Week 2019 (7-14 July), SBS Español (Australia) interviewed Ambassador Guivarra, Australia's first Indigenous female Ambassador. Read the English version here and discover more about her. You can also listen to the radio interview in Spanish here.
Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony
On 9 July, the Embassy hosted the concert of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid. The concert “Antipodean Dreams, Day and Night” was directed by Dr. John P. Lynch. [Source: The Diplomat in Spain].
Australian performing arts at Grec Festival 2019
On 2 July, the Embassy hosted an event at Mercat de les Flors (Barcelona) to celebrate the presence of four Australian companies at the Grec Festival 2019 in Barcelona: Circa, Gravity & Other Myths, Lucy Guerin Inc and Sydney Dance Company. [Source: The Diplomat in Spain].
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Advocating for LGBTI+ rights - #Embassies4LGBTI
On IDAHOBIT Day (17 May), we launched a joint seven-week social media campaign to advocate for LGBT+ rights together with the Embassies of Canada, the Netherlands and United Kingdom in Madrid. Watch the videos in Spanish, English o French, or look for the hashtag #Embassies4LGBTI on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Official visit to Galicia
Ambassador Guivarra and Second Secretary Ana Becerra-Riveroll met with representatives from the Galician Government: Secretary General of Emigration, Antonio Rodríguez Miranda, and the delegate in A Coruña, Ovidio Rodeiro.
The Embassy of Australia presents “The Merger”
We hosted the screening of the Australian film ‘The Merger’ – a comedy film that highlights the positive impacts and contribution migration has in a society. The producer and main protagonist of the film, Damian Callinan, attended the act. More info
Official visit to the Basque Country
Ambassador Guivarra made an official visit to the Basque Country, where she met with the Lehendakari, Iñigo Urkullu, the General Secretary of Foreign Action, Marian Elorza, the President of the Basque Parliament, Bakartxo Tejeria, and other representatives from the regional government More info
Work and Holiday Visa program: more places available to Spanish nationals
Australian Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman announced that from 28 December 2018, the total number of Work and Holiday visas (subclass 462) for Spanish nationals will increase from 1,500 per year to 3,400.
Ambassador Guivarra presents her credentials to Andorra
Ambassador Guivarra presented her credentials to Emmanuel Macron, Co-Prince of Andorra, at the Élysée Palace in France. This marks the official start of her position as Australia’s Ambassador to the Principality of Andorra.
Ambassador Guivarra presents her credentials in Spain
Ambassador Guivarra presented her credentials to His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain, officially taking up her position as Australia’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Spain. More info