The U.S. Ambassador in Brazil, Liliana Ayalde, commemorated the 200th anniversary of the American consulate in Recife at the “From Frevo to Jazz” show and with the formal announcement of the consulate’s new location in Pernambuco. Established in 1815, the Consulate General in Recife is the United States’ oldest diplomatic post in Brazil.
On April 1st, 2015, 200 years after the arrival of the first American consul Samuel Voorhees in Recife, Ambassador Ayalde attended a performance by SpokFrevo Orquestra and the Lincoln Center Orchestra led by American trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. The performance, “From Frevo to Jazz,” was supported by the consulate and brought nearly five thousand attendees to Dona Lindu Park. At the end of the show, the orchestras met on the stage to play “Happy Birthday” to the consulate in both jazz and frevo styles.
The following day, the ambassador officially announced the new seat of the consulate in Reserva do Paiva, located in the city of Cabo de Santo Agostinho, part of the Greater Metropolitan area of Recife. Ambassador Ayalde said that this move will provide the consulate staff a bigger and better space to improve services to both those seeking visas as well as American citizens, and will be able to receive partners more comfortably. “We always want to show to the United States that the Northeast is rich in culture and tourism, with a strong economy unique from the rest of the country,” explained the ambassador.
The move will occur in 2018. “After more than 50 years in the Boa Vista neighborhood, we decided to grow with Recife, which is continually making its Metropolitan area more active, with a greater presence of educational institutions and businesses throughout Greater Recife,” she noted.