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Uku Chilli Pastes (English)


From Peru to Australia Uku chilli paste has arrived in Sydney!

️Our chilli pastes are made with the best Peruvian ingredients and are made based on traditional recipes that have been carefully adapted to the needs and tastes of chefs and consumers.

Uku chilli pastes give a very subtle spicy touch and without burning sensation.


️Uku chilli pastes give a very subtle spicy touch and don't have a burning sensation to them. They also do not contain potato or cassava starch. Uku is pure chilli!

On sale now at "Artarmon Fruity Latin Market” Shop 1, 106 Hampden Rd, Artarmon NSW 2064.


You can visit them on their page

Uku, Peruvian Soul!

For information and orders Australia wide:

+610422 278 161

Uku Pastas de Ají

Del Perú a Australia  

!Ya llegó a Sydney Uku, pastas de ají! 


Nuestras pastas de ají están elaboradas con los mejores ingredientes peruanos y están hechas en base a recetas tradicionales que han sido cuidadosamente adaptadas a las necesidades y gustos de los chef y los consumidores .

Nuestras pastas de ají dan un toque picante muy sutil, pero sin sensación de ardor.

 Nuestras pastas de ají no contienen almidón de papa o mandioca . Uku es puro ají


De venta ahora en "Artarmon Fruity Latin Market” Shop 1, 106 Hampden Rd, Artarmon NSW 2064.


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Uku, Peruvian Soul!

Para información y ordenes:

+61422 278 161 a toda Australia

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Juan Diego Flórez - One of the World's Greatest Tenor's Comes to Sydney


One of the world’s greatest tenors makes his Sydney debut on 5 November, 2023 at the Opera House. (Also 2 November in Melbourne & 7 November in Canberra)

With a career that includes performances on the world’s leading stages, Juan Diego Flórez has established himself as one of opera’s greatest talents.

Adored by fans and critics worldwide, Flórez’s stunningly expressive and agile voice has garnered international acclaim—most notably for his performances of the bel canto style and French Romantic repertoire.

As an international recording artist, Flórez has released numerous solo albums and operas securing his place among the greatest performers of all time.

Hailing from Lima, Peru, Flórez’s generosity, charisma and passion inspire his many philanthropic endeavours, including Sinfonía por el Perú—a social project that uses the power of music to help vulnerable children and adolescents. His numerous accolades include Peru’s highest distinction, the Gran Cruz de la Orden El Sol, and being recognised as a Kammersänger by the Austrian government in 2012.

Opera aficionados won't want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. Book now to witness superstar tenor, Juan Diego Flórez, live in Sydney.

Accompanied by pianist Cecile Restier.


Thu 2 Nov 2023, Hamer Hall, Melbourne, VIC.

Sun 5 November 2023, Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Tue 7 Nov 2023, Llewellyn Hall, Canberra, ACT

Come and join us for this amazing event!


Introducing New Director For Victoria & Tasmania Chapter - Luis Starke


Luis Starke was recently appointed as director for the “Peru Australian Association Inc.” for the States of Victoria and Tasmania Chapters.

Luis has been dedicated to business consulting and social entrepreneurship, to university education, and to developing training programs for people who want to achieve their personal & professional goals.

Luis Miguel has a Master's Degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Studied Entrepreneurship programs at Stanford University and Leadership at Georgetown University in the USA. He has a bachelor's degree in Economics from the Universidad del Pacífico, Coach Ontological, Professor of Meditation and Yoga.

Luis is a lecturer on topics of Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Training High Team Performance. He's a founder & Executive President of SOMOS CREMAS & general director of Crea+ & Somos Uno. Co-Founder & Director of Centro Veda & Veda Restaurants.


Among a large range of other experience, roles, complimentary studies and more, Luis strives to be the best he can be.

If you wish to contact me:






Introducing Director of Western Australia Chapter - Rocio Campbell


The recent appointment of Rocio Campbell as director for Western Australia chapter of the "Peru Australia Association". Rocio, migrated to Australia in 2001 married to an Australian, as she claims "I am an Australian Citizen too!"


"I have two wonderful children from that marriage who are completely bilingual, we speak Spanish at home and they are fascinated by this duality of cultures and languages, including their love for Peru."


"My main profession is an Primary School Education Teacher, with postgraduate studies in Child Psychology; skills that I have always used to participate in various Volunteer Programs in Perth-Australia with reference to work with children such as Therapy Focus, Zumba for Kids Fitness in Primary schools to collaborate with the Mental Health program in schools."


"I studied Film and Television Diploma at TAFE, which gave me the opportunity to work on TV shows like Sweet and Sour channel 44 and ABC Channel for a short TV News; I have been a collaborative part of the filming staff of local Feature Films and Short Films, especially Documentaries including a very special one filmed at my home by Root's TV for the WA Museum Boola Bardip, representing Peru-Latin American Gastronomy and Costumes, a video that is still on display at the museum and will be for the space of 10 consecutive years."


I have a Diploma in Fashion Design that allows me to display my creativity to make clothing, a passion that I share with my teenage daughter who is studying Diploma in Fashion Design and Merchandising."


"One of my hobbies is teaching folkloric dances from Peru to Australian children to contribute to the transmission of our culture. Another of my hobbies is Gastronomy, having participated in addition to the Documentary for the museum, in some Food Workshops, one for WAMA (Western Australia Multicultural Association), with Peruvian recipes."


"Participation in Harmony Day with Peruvian clothing; based on celebrations for our Independence. Participation in a Street Parade dressed as Carmen Miranda representing Latinas for a government organisation and member of the MLA Multicultural Labor Organisation, created by Karla Benítez (Mexican) who especially represents Latinos, with her and the organisation we support various Multicultural events."


If you wish to contact me:

Mobile: 0431 396 357






With Deep Condolences - R.I.P Victor Alatrista (Director for Tasmania + Victoria)


It is with deep regret that we share that our director for Tasmania & Victoria, Victor Alatrista passed away on the 7th of April.

During his time with the PAAI, he collaborated with new ideas for the association keeping our vision in mind.

We send our condolences to his family in this time and are deeply grateful for the work that he provided the association. 

May he Rest In Peace.

Paleta Fronton Australia


Noticias 18 de Mayo, 2023. (spanish & english versions)


Fecha: Sabado 17 de Junio, 2023.

Lugar: NSW Masonic Club 169 Castlereagh St Sydney NSW 2000

(A pasos de la estacion de Town Hall)


Hora: 5.30 pm entrada de bienvenida (Ground Floor)

6.00 pm Ceremonia Oficial (Adams Private Venue 4th Floor)

6:10 pm Video oficial de Paleta Fronton

6:20 pm Palabras del director de "Paleta Fronton Australia"

6:30 pm Palabras del presidente Peru Australia Association.

6:40 pm Palabras de los promotores "Century 21"

6.50 pm Palabras de los promotores "Panorama Group"

7:00 pm Cierre y reunion en la planta baja del Club

Para mayor informacion llamar:

PAULO 0452 289 123

SAMUEL 0451 740 500

LUIS 0414 555 225

Facebook: paleta fronton Sydney


News May 18, 2023. (english version)


Date: Saturday June 17, 2023.

Venue: NSW Masonic Club 169 Castlereagh St Sydney NSW 2000

(A few steps from Town Hall station)


Time: 5.30 pm welcoming (Ground Floor)

6.00 pm Official Ceremony (Adams Private Venue 4th Floor)

6:10 pm Official video of Palette Fronton

6:20 pm Words from the director of "Paleta Fronton Australia"

6:30 pm Remarks by the president of the Peru Australia Association.

6:40 pm Words from the promoters "Century 21"

6.50 pm Words from the promoters "Panorama Group"

7:00 pm Closing and meeting on the ground floor of the Club

For more information call:

PAULO 0452 289 123

SAMUEL 0451 740 500

LUIS 0414 555 225

Facebook: paleta fronton Sydney


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Paleta Frontón - Arrives Finally In Australia


One of the most fascinating aspects of Peruvian culture is its indigenous sports. Among these sports is the game of Frontón, also known as "Pelota Vasca" or "Basque Pelota." This game, which originated in Spain's Basque Country, has evolved over the years and has now become an essential part of Peruvian culture.

Frontón is a handball game that is played in a court known as a "frontón." The court is typically rectangular, and it has a front wall, two side walls, and a back wall. The front wall has several lines and markings, which serve as targets for the players. The objective of the game is to hit the ball against the front wall and make it land within the marked areas without allowing the opponent to return the ball.

There are several variations of Frontón, each with its own rules and court sizes. In Peru, the most popular version is the "Paleta Frontón," which is played with a racket-shaped bat called a "paleta." The ball used in Paleta Frontón is a small, hard, and rubbery ball that can reach incredible speeds.

Paleta Frontón is a very fast-paced and challenging game that requires a high level of skill and athleticism. The players must be able to run, jump, and hit the ball with great accuracy and power. The game is typically played in singles or doubles, and the matches can last anywhere from a few minutes to several hours.

Paleta Frontón is more than just a game; it is a symbol of Peruvian culture and identity. The game has been played in Peru for over a century and has become an integral part of the country's sporting history. It has produced some of the most exceptional athletes in the world of handball, and Peruvians take great pride in their players' achievements.

Furthermore, Paleta Frontón is not just a sport for the elite. It is a game that is played and enjoyed by people from all walks of life. In many Peruvian communities, Frontón courts can be found in public parks and squares, and it is not uncommon to see people playing the game in their spare time.

Paleta Frontón arrived in Australia last year and is starting to pick up momentum to become one of the popular sports in Australia. At the end of April 2023 there will be a tournament in Sydney & Brisbane.

In conclusion, Paleta Frontón is a fascinating and exciting game that has become an essential part of Peruvian culture. It is a game that requires skill, athleticism, and determination, and it has produced some of the best handball players in the world. However, Paleta Frontón is more than just a game; it is a symbol of Peruvian identity, history, and tradition, and it will continue to be a beloved sport in Peru for generations to come.

Peruvian-Japanese Fusion Restaurant In Sydney - Nikkei


Nikkei, a Peruvian restaurant in Sydney is definitely one well worth to visit. With a Japanese-Peruvian style fusion, each dish is delicious and different and you are definitely going to leave here feeling completely content with your meal.

The incredible cocktails and dishes you can order, giving you the flavour of Peru in so many different ways is a definite to go and visit. 

Close to Sydney's central station, don't miss this one as it will be certain to give your taste buds and amazing adventure of tastefulness and flavoursome experience



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Nathalie Kelley In Australia


Nathalie Kelley a Peruvian-Australian actress is visiting her family in Sydney at the moment. Most recently starring in the #1 Netflix series The Baker and the Beauty and is also well known for her character Neela in the blockbuster Hollywood movies The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift and as Dani Alvarez in Body of Proof + Many more flims to her credit.

With a background in Social Science and Policy, Nathalie strives to tell stories that educate and inspire. She is on the board of Kiss The Ground and the Fungí Foundation, using her platform to elevate Indigenous wisdom and technologies as a means of coming back into justice and harmony with our ecosystems.

Nathalie’s mission is the preservation of Biodiversity, including cultural and myco-diversity on the planet.


Virgilio Martinez - Peruvian Chef Extraordinaire


Virgilio Martinez is a renowned Peruvian chef who has taken the culinary world by storm with his unique approach to cooking. Born in Lima, Peru in 1977, Martinez was exposed to the rich culinary heritage of Peru from an early age. He grew up surrounded by fresh ingredients and the vibrant flavors of his country's cuisine, which laid the foundation for his future success as a chef.

Martinez began his culinary career in Lima, working in several top restaurants before moving to Europe to gain more experience. He worked in some of the world's best kitchens, including Lutèce in Paris and Can Fabes in Spain. This exposure to different cuisines and techniques gave Martinez a broader perspective on cooking, which he later incorporated into his own style.

In 2009, Martinez opened his restaurant, Central, in Lima. Central quickly became one of the most highly-regarded restaurants in Peru, and eventually, the world. Martinez's culinary philosophy is centered around the idea of using ingredients that are sourced from different altitudes and ecosystems of Peru, and he often incorporates lesser-known ingredients that are unique to the region.

At Central, Martinez creates multi-course tasting menus that showcase the diversity of Peruvian ingredients, such as quinoa, lucuma, and kiwicha. The menu changes regularly, based on the availability of ingredients, and features dishes that are inspired by the different regions and ecosystems of Peru. For example, one dish might feature ingredients that are sourced from the Amazon rainforest, while another might be inspired by the coastal regions of Peru.

Martinez's dedication to using local, sustainable ingredients has earned him numerous accolades, including being named the best chef in Latin America multiple times by the World's 50 Best Restaurants. In 2018, Martinez opened another restaurant, Mil, which focuses on ingredients sourced from the Andean highlands. Mil has also received critical acclaim and has helped to further cement Martinez's status as one of the world's best chefs.

Martinez is also a passionate advocate for Peruvian cuisine and has helped to raise its profile on the global stage. He has written several cookbooks, including "Central: New Peruvian Cooking" and "Lima: The Cookbook," and has appeared on numerous cooking shows and documentaries.

In conclusion, Virgilio Martinez is a culinary visionary who has transformed the world's perception of Peruvian cuisine. His dedication to sourcing local, sustainable ingredients and showcasing the diversity of Peru's ecosystems has earned him international acclaim and made him one of the most influential chefs of his generation.


Carlos Noriega: A Pioneering Astronaut and Hero of Peru


Carlos Noriega is a name that is synonymous with space exploration and heroism in Peru. Born in Lima in 1963, Noriega was a pioneering astronaut and veteran of multiple space missions who dedicated his life to exploring the final frontier and advancing the cause of science and technology in his country.

Noriega was always fascinated by the stars and the mysteries of space. As a young man, he dreamed of becoming an astronaut and exploring the universe beyond our planet. His passion for space led him to pursue a career in science and engineering, and he eventually became one of the first Peruvian astronauts to be selected for astronaut training.

Noriega's career as an astronaut was marked by a series of groundbreaking achievements. He was the first Peruvian astronaut to participate in a long-duration mission on the International Space Station (ISS), where he conducted experiments in a range of scientific disciplines, from biology and physics to earth science and materials science.

Throughout his career, Noriega was known for his bravery, determination, and dedication to space exploration. He was a hero in Peru, where his achievements inspired countless young people, particularly boys and girls, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

In addition to his scientific achievements, Noriega was also a hero in the truest sense of the word. He was a veteran of several high-stakes space missions, and he demonstrated exceptional courage and quick thinking during a dangerous spacewalk, where he helped to save the lives of his fellow astronauts.

Today, Carlos Noriega is remembered as a pioneering astronaut and a hero of Peru. His groundbreaking achievements and pioneering spirit continue to inspire and influence the future of space flight, and his legacy serves as a testament to the power of human ambition and the limitless possibilities of the human spirit.

In conclusion, Carlos Noriega was a visionary astronaut and a hero of space exploration. His bravery, determination, and unwavering commitment to science and technology continue to inspire and influence new generations of scientists, engineers, and astronauts, and his legacy will be remembered for many years to come.

Rosa Avalos: A Trailblazer in Space Exploration


Rosa Avalos is a name that is synonymous with space exploration and the advancement of science and technology. Born in Lima in 1977, Avalos was a trailblazer in the field of space flight and a pioneering astronaut who dedicated her life to exploring the final frontier.

Avalos was always fascinated by the stars and the mysteries of space. As a young girl, she dreamed of becoming an astronaut and exploring the universe beyond our planet. Her passion for space led her to pursue a career in science and engineering, and she eventually became one of the first women in Peru to be selected for astronaut training.

Avalos' career as an astronaut was marked by a series of groundbreaking achievements. She was the first Peruvian astronaut to participate in a long-duration mission on the International Space Station (ISS), where she conducted experiments in a range of scientific disciplines, from biology and physics to earth science and materials science.

Throughout her career, Avalos was known for her bravery, determination, and dedication to space exploration. She inspired countless young people, particularly women and girls, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Her achievements have made her a hero in Peru and a role model for future generations of astronauts and space explorers.

Today, Rosa Avalos is remembered as a trailblazer in space exploration and a pioneer of science and technology. Her pioneering spirit and unwavering commitment to space exploration continue to inspire and influence new generations of scientists, engineers, and astronauts, and her legacy will be remembered for many years to come.

In conclusion, Rosa Avalos was a visionary astronaut and a champion of space exploration. Her groundbreaking achievements and pioneering spirit continue to inspire and influence the future of space flight, and her legacy serves as a testament to the power of human ambition and the limitless possibilities of the human spirit.


A Pioneering Scientist and Engineer of Peru


Pedro Paulet is a name that is synonymous with innovation and progress in Peru. Born in Lima in 1874, Paulet was a scientist, engineer, and inventor who dedicated his life to advancing the fields of science and technology in his country.

Paulet's early education was in Lima, where he showed a natural aptitude for science and engineering. He went on to study in Europe, where he was exposed to the latest technological advancements and innovations of the time. Upon his return to Peru, Paulet quickly became one of the leading figures in the scientific community, and was known for his innovative ideas and groundbreaking research.

One of Paulet's most significant contributions to science was his work on rocket propulsion. He was one of the first people to experiment with rockets as a means of propulsion, and his work laid the foundation for modern rocket technology. He also made important contributions to the field of aerodynamics, and is credited with being one of the first people to develop a practical method for measuring airspeed and wind velocity.

In addition to his scientific achievements, Paulet was also a skilled engineer and inventor. He designed and built numerous machines and devices, many of which were ahead of their time. His innovations helped to spur the growth of industry and commerce in Peru, and he is widely recognized as one of the country's first great engineers and inventors.

Despite his many achievements, Paulet was always humble and dedicated to advancing the cause of science and technology in Peru. He was a mentor and teacher to many young scientists and engineers, and his legacy continues to inspire and influence new generations of scientists and engineers in the country.

Today, Pedro Paulet is remembered as a pioneering scientist and engineer who helped to lay the foundation for modern science and technology in Peru. His innovative ideas and groundbreaking research continue to be celebrated, and his legacy serves as an inspiration to all those who are dedicated to advancing the cause of science and technology in the world.

In conclusion, Pedro Paulet was a visionary scientist and engineer who left a lasting impact on the fields of science and technology in Peru. His innovative ideas, groundbreaking research, and dedicated spirit continue to inspire and influence new generations of scientists and engineers, and his legacy will be remembered for many years to come.

IMARC Conference Sydney


Ambassador of Australia in Peru & Bolivia Maree Ringland at the IMARC (International Mining & Resources Conference) presentation held at the ICC (International Convention Center & Exhibition) in Darling Harbor in Sydney from November 2 to 4, 2022. The president Mauricio Panizo of the "Peru Australia Association Inc." was present at this event. 

Embajajadora de Australia en el Peru & Bolivia Maree Ringland en la presentacion de IMARC (International Mining & Resources Conference) llevado a cabo en el ICC (International Convention Centre & Exhibition) in Darling Harbor in Sydney el pasado 2 al 4 de Noviembre, 2022. - El presidente Mauricio Panizo del "Peru Australia Association Inc." estuvo presente en este evento.

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IMARC Conference Sydney


The President Mauricio Panizo of Peru Australia Association Inc. welcomed the Peruvian Delegation coming for the International Mining and Resources Conference and Expo "IMARC "which will be held Wed 2 to Fri 4 November 2022 at the ICC (International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, Sydney.

The Conference will be Covering the Entire Mining Value Chain. Investment, Technology, Energy, See Cutting-Edge Equipment, Technology, Innovations and more.

‎This is a Conference Program with ‎400+ Exhibitors and ‎450+ Mining Experts that come together for collaboration for future mining projects

Present at this event:

Maree Ringland - Ambassador of Australia in Peru & Bolivia.

Eliana Beraun - Consul General of Peru - Sydney

Vitaliano Gallardo - Ambassador of Peru in Australia.

Mauricio Panizo - President of Peru Australia Association.

And representatives from:

Promperu Australia & NZ



ALABC Australia-Latin America Business Council

Australia Peru Chamber of Commerce - APCCI Filial Perú

Ingemmet Perú

Ministerio de Energía y Minas del Perú

Ambassador of Australia: "We are looking forward to sharing our experiences with Peru"


Maree Ringland, Australian ambassador to Peru, invited a Peruvian delegation to participate in the most important mining event in Australia.

"Peru is a mining country and it has a very good future, it has so much wealth and a lot of potential. I see not only the potential for it to be a powerful exporter of resources, ut also an exporter of services," said Maree Ringland, Australian ambassador to Peru during the second day of PERUMIN 35 development. 

Australia, with more than 200 years of experience in the mining and services industry; participates this year in the mining convention as an allied country with the presence of more than 45 companies and 120 exhibitors in the International Pavilion of PERUMIN 35. Australia is a world leader in lithium production and the first in the world ranking of mineral commodity production.

"It's a great honour to be an ally country, for us it is a great opportunity to be here at the most important mining fair in Latin America, we really want to share our experiences and be part of a green future", says the Australian ambassador, who also effects the turning point in which the world finds itself, where one of the main objectives of the industry is to reduce carbon emissions since resources need to be preserved. For the country of the oceanic continent, social and environmental responsibility are very important in the mining industry, which generates confidence in its society due to the commitment shown by its actors, so that the benefits can be seen not only in its economy, but also on social issues. 

Maree Ringland shows an encouraging perception about the future of Peru in the development of the mining industry and the offer of resources and services that can be had as a country, comparing it to Australia in its ability to generate sustainability in the mining sector.

In Australia there are also social conflicts, however, the prevention of there is one of its main task. In their experience as a country, they are committed to a long work from exploration where they propose cooperation and collaboration among those involved through communication and cooperation with the communities.


"What stands out about Australia is our mining model and this builds a lot of trust in the industry... It integrates the community, the mining industry, academia and government at three levels; federal, regional and local," added Maree Ringland.


Finally, the diplomat extended the invitation to a Peruvian delegation to the International Conference on Mining and Resources-IMARC 2022, which will be held from November 2 to 4 in Sydney, a mining event considered the most important in Australia. "There will be 8,000 participants with experts from all over the world, we are waiting for the Peruvian delegation at this conference to achieve a second step and let's continue working together," concluded Maree Ringland. 

**Courtesy of RPP Noticias**

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Interview with Javier Celis & Blanca Llorente


One of Directors (Blanca Llorente), who is also a radio announcer for her program Millennium Latino conducted an interview with Javier Celis recently talking about Javier's experience of being a student in Australia.

The interview link is here:

You can check out Javier's story on our website here:

Blanca's program Millennium Latino is every Friday 10pm - 1am and can be found online to listen to here:

Raising the Peruvian Flag & Floral Offering to the Monument of Grand Admiral Grau in Plaza Iberoamericana in Sydney, on the Occasion of the 143rd Anniversary of the Battle of Angamos


On October 10, 2022, the Ambassador of Peru in Australia, Vitaliano Gallardo Valencia, accompanied by the Consul General of Peru in Sydney, Eliana Beraun, and the Defense Attaché, Captain AP Diego Gago, performed a hoisting ceremony for the national pavilion and presented a floral offering to the monument of Grand Admiral Miguel Grau at the Ibero-American Plaza in Sydney, in commemoration of the 143rd anniversary of the Battle of Angamos and the Day of the Peruvian Navy.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the Local Government of Sydney, the Consul General of Chile Carlos Marin San Martin in Sydney and members of the Peruvian community residing in this city.

During the ceremony, the Ambassador of Peru referred to the legacy of the "Knight of the Seas" Admiral Miguel Grau, the importance of his history and his remarkable human qualities, which has led him to be considered "the Peruvian of the Millennium".

The Peru Australia Association (PAA) were present on this special occasion: Blanc Llorente (Vice President), Mauricio Panizo (President) and Luis Cuadros (Coordinator/Public Officer/Director NSW Chapter)

Celebrations on the day of the Peruvian Navy in Honor of Admiral Miguel Grau Seminario in plaza iberoamericana in Sydney October 10, 2022.

A Special Thanks for the kind gesture by the defence attache of the Peruvian Navy in Australia Captain Diego Gago Rojas who presented a book "monuments in the world" of Miguel Grau Seminario to Luis Cuadros of the PAA (Peru Australia Association) Monuments placed more than 26 countries.

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Tony Succar


Born in Peru in 1986, and then moving to the United States at the age of 2. Tony Succar was encouraged by a number of relative musicians to develop his own musical interests.


Being proficient in music at a young age, this pushed him further into music and then over time became a musician, percussionist, composer, producer & arranger.

A very big name in the latin community working with many different artists. He has won the Latin Grammy Awards for Best Salsa Album of the Year & Best Producer.

Check out some videos below of Tony Succar's amazing gift.

Peruvian Independence Day In Canberra


National Anniversary at the embassy of Peru in Canberra on Thursday 28th July, 2022.

Celebrating 201 years of Peruvian independence, the night was filled with music, networking, Pisco sours and Peruvian delicacies.

Special thanks to our ambassador of Peru in Australia for his invitation to these celebrations.


Latin American Film Festival


The Peruvian and Latin American Community is invited to the 17th Latin American film festival to be held at the Uruguayan club of Sydney from August 14 to September 22, 2022.

The Latin American Film Festival showcases some of the latest films produced all over Latin America.

The Peru Australia Association was happy to be a part of the opening night of this event.


Opening Night - Includes Exc. Ambassador of Uruguay Mrs. Daniela Pi, Consul of Uruguay Mr. Juan Barboza, The Consul of Chile Mr. Carlos Marin, Management members of the club and also the President of the "Peru Australia Association" Mr. Mauricio Panizo.

Nathalie Kelley


Nathalie Kelley is an actress of Indigenous Quechua descent, most recently starring in the #1 Netflix series The Baker and the Beauty and is also well known for her character Neela in The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift and as Dani Alvarez in Body of Proof + Many more.


With a background in Social Science and Policy, Nathalie strives to tell stories that educate and inspire.  She is on the board of Kiss The Ground and the Fungí Foundation, using her platform to elevate Indigenous wisdom and technologies as a means of coming back into justice and harmony with our ecosystems. She is in deep devotion and service to the entire web of life, advocating in particular for the health of our soil, water, the fungí and forests.


Nathalie’s mission is the preservation of Biodiversity, including cultural and myco-diversity on the planet.


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Tina Aviles


My path as an artist has been a long one starting with painting and ending up as a sculptor. Thanks to my son Steve who started work at Club Med one day he called us to let us know he was being sent to Bali! That was the day that a special on PBS was doing a story on Bali, the shadow puppets, the dancers, and then a man came on to demonstrate the carving of a mask! That was the moment I was hooked, when he took that knife to cut into the wood! I knew then I had to go to the town of Maas in Bali to see the woodcarvers.

Three mornings one week I sat along side the woodcarvers learning how to use the tools and started carving a

small bird. I bought his hand forged steel carving tools that I still use in my studio, and have done so on both wood and stone. I’ve drawn inspiration from the world around me. When working in stone wood, or clay, I’ve played music to tune out the distractions, and only concentrate on what is in front of me. Whatever I’ve read about, or experienced personally becomes my focus, and the material dictates the way for me to work.

I see in the stone, with its colors and textures where to cut away. The wood has its colours and textures, and I work with it following its grain.

Working in clay is a whole other experience because there is nothing to guide me, but what I envision. Those pieces became my bronzes. The whole manufacturing process is fascinating: from getting the wax from the mould to take to the foundry to receiving the metal. The last step is to take it to the patina artist who brings it to life in the colours I instructed him to use.

My last work evolved over a period of many years. As the stone revealed what was underneath I uncovered it. It takes patience, and knowing when to stop cutting! Unlike clay once stone is cut there is no putting it back.

For any purchase or commission please contact Tina:

Mob: 0432 716 572



**This introduction has been copied from Tina's website**


Introducing Director of South Australia & IT & Digital Communication - Chris Cuadros


Unlike the majority of other directors, I was born here in Australia in 1987. My Mum’s Australian and my dad (Luis Cuadros) is Peruvian. Best of both worlds!  

When I was around 18, I really started diving into my Peruvian heritage in many different ways and found such beauty in such a beautiful culture. I expanded my knowledge into the larger aspects of South America and found that all over South America, the culture, the people, the food, the sense of community was such a precious thing to see, hear and feel.

In the past, I’ve danced for a friends group “Bolivia Mia”, although it was Bolivia Dancing, it was folkloric and comes traditionally from the Andes. I had done performances at weddings, darling harbor, and other latin events which was a beautiful way to experience even more latin culture.


Currently, I am the Director of the South Australia Region, and look after the I.T & Digital Communication for the Peru Australia Association. So I look after the website and updates for this website and my dad’s migration website: I mainly look after all the tech side of things for the association.

Alternatively to this, I work at a digital marketing agency organizing the google ads for companies that are wanting to increase their level of awareness and clients coming through. 

I also have my own business as a Therapist & Coaching Business Specializing In Overcoming Anxiety, which is where my passion lies. I have studied at the Institute of Applied Psychology for my Diploma in Clinical Hypnotherapy & Strategic Psychotherapy. I’m very passionaite about how the mind works, overcoming challenges, and coaching people into how to utilize their mindset to achieve many things. 

Happy to be a part of the Peru Australia Association and the connection between Peru & Australia that this will continue to bring. 

If you’d like to contact me:

Email:  Website:

Instagram: @mind.your.mind21        



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Joan Alfaro


Peru’s national pride Joan Alfaro, the first artist from Peru to exhibit at the Louvre Museum.

The plastic artist from Cajamarca, Joan Alfaro, will present his works at the Louvre Museum on September 18. In this way, he establishes himself as the first artist from Peru to take an individual exhibition to this important institution in France.

Joan Alfaro, Peru's national pride, is the first artist from Peru to exhibit his artistry at the Louvre Museum.


Born in Cajamarca, Peru, Joan captivates the world with his creative artistry of Peruvian Andean culture. 

On September 18th he will be presenting his works at the Louvre Museum establishing himself as the first artist from Peru to take an individual exhibition to one of the most important places in France.

“Taking your works to the most important art museum in the world is a dream for any painter, I never thought something would happen to me that, until now, was only in the destiny of artists in Europe; and now, a Peruvian, is fulfilling his dreams”, mentioned Joan when asked about how he felt about being able to reach his dreams.

Joan's incredible creativity and artistry captivate you into a beautiful world of colour made with oil and acrylic paint that takes you into the beautiful world of Peruvian Andean culture.

To see more of Joan's artworks, check the website out:


Michael & Isabel Doyle - Solicitors Of Morning Star Legal & Migration Services


Michael Doyle is a Solicitor admitted in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.  He provides information and assistance to refugees, students, and families about various types of visas and general legal matters, including traffic offences, wills, domestic violence, and cases in the local courts, AAT, and NCAT.

Michael has worked as a volunteer in the not-for-profit Community Legal Centres area for many years.  He graduated from the Australian National University with a Certificate in Migration Law, from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Laws, from the Southern Cross University with a Bachelor of Legal and Justice Studies, and from the Australian National University with a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.

Isabel Doyle is a Solicitor admitted in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.  She is fluent in English and Spanish and is certified by NAATI as an interpreter and translator in English<>Spanish.  She works in Morning Star Legal & Migration Service as a legal researcher, legal assistant, and as an interpreter and translator.  Her previous jobs include teaching English at TAFE and assessing visa applications at the Department of Immigration.

Isabel was born in Peru and migrated to Australia in 1981.  She graduated from the University of New England with a Bachelor of Arts, from the Charles Darwin University with a Master in Linguistics, from the University of Technology with a Master in e-Learning, from the Southern Cross University with a Graduate Diploma in Law, from the Australian National University with a Graduate Certificate in Migration Law, she completed her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of New England and her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University. She has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Interpreting and Translation from the Western Sydney University.  Isabel is a Nationally Recognised Mediator and a Qualified Education Counsellor.


Look for us at:

Mob: 0478 173 474               Email:



Tom Robinson's Pacific Journey From Peru To Australia


A young Australian 23 years old aims to become the youngest person ever to row solo across the Pacific Ocean. The journey will cover over 8,000 nautical miles, He left on 3rd July 2022 from La Punta in Callao, Peru to Brisbane, Australia. Tom will spend up to 12 months at sea in a vessel he has designed and built by hand. Tom hopes to make landfall along the way to resupply and explore the cultures of the Pacific and the biodiversity of some of the world's most isolated and beautiful islands.

En Español:

Un joven australiano de 23 años aspira a convertirse en la persona más joven en remar en solitario a través del Océano Pacífico. El viaje cubrirá más de 8,000 millas náuticas, Tom quien partió el 3 de julio de 2022 desde La Punta en Callao, Perú hacia Brisbane, Australia. Tom pasará hasta 12 meses en el mar en un bote que ha diseñado y construido a mano. Tom Robinson espera tocar tierra durante su gran aventura en el camino para reabastecerse y explorar las culturas del Pacífico y la biodiversidad de algunas de las islas más hermosas y aisladas del mundo.


Antonia Case


Antonia Case is Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director of Womankind, and Editorial Director of New Philosopher. 

Antonia has an Economics Honours Degree from Sydney University and worked as a staff journalist for Fairfax across print magazines for over a decade. 

In 2013, she co-founded New Philosopher magazine, followed by Womankind magazine in 2014. In 2016, Antonia was awarded the AAP Media Professionals’ Award for excellence in the presentation of philosophy in the media. 

Her forthcoming book, published by Bloomsbury Continuum, is due to be released in 2023.

We featured an issue of her magazine WOMANKIND (below) back in March 2021, which was in relation to Peruvian women and culture.


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Introducing Director Of The Western Australia Chapter - Piero Cabrera


I arrived in Melbourne in 2009. I have been living in Australia for 13 years, during this time I have always been involved with the Peruvian and Latin American Community across my professional, social and sports activities.  I studied Accounting at Universidad del Pacifico in Lima, Peru.  I am also a Public Certified Accountant from the Lima Chapter. 

Since I arrived in Australia, I have lived in Melbourne, Launceston and finally Perth. Perth is my home now and it brings me similar memories from my neighborhood in Miraflores like enjoying the sunset every day.  Perth is also the main city of the resources industry for the whole country.  The top iron ore mining companies in the world are based here.  

I moved to Australia once I got my permanent resident visa as a skilled worker.  It was an interesting journey that allowed me to keep in the resources industry with a learning curve in oil and gas as well as mining nowadays.

I have learned about Contract Management for gas and oil deals and increased my expertise in Corporate Treasury.  I have also been involved in the Australian Corporate Treasury Association (ACTA) as Committee Chair for WA.  I am also a full member CPA with CPA Australia.

I also support local activities with the Peruvian community like friendly soccer matches and social events during the year for the Peruvian fellows and friends.

As Director of the Peru Australia Association Inc. I am committed to promoting cultural, social, and commercial exchange between the Peruvian and Australian communities with the purpose of improving integration between both communities.

If you're interested in getting in touch with me:

Mob #: 0409 077 814    Email:


Introducing Director Of The A.C.T Chapter - Eric Barco


I arrived in Canberra in 2013. I have been living in Australia for 8 years, during this time I have always been involved with the Peruvian and Latin American Community for my different professional, social and sports activities. I studied Business Management and Human Resource Management in Peru. I did a Diploma in International Marketing - ESAN University Peru and Los Andes University Colombia.


Since I arrived in Australia, I've live in the capital city of Australia, Canberra. Canberra is home to many important institutions of the federal government, national monuments, and museums. This includes Parliament House, Government House, the High Court and the headquarters of numerous government agencies and all foreign embassies in Australia. 


I started in Australia like most people from another country, studying English first to work and study. After finishing my English course, I studied a Diploma in marketing, then a Diploma in Management and an Advanced Diploma of Business.


While I continued my studies I worked as an administrative assistant in the CIT cafeteria, then I worked for the Australia Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and then for Koomarri Organization (NFP). While I was working, I opened a business consulting company dedicated to identifying product opportunities, developing business plans (Import/Export) and implementation of tax policies and accounting services.


I had a pleasant experience with a group of Peruvian exporters, who attended the business conference that we did jointly with PromPeru in Lima. In this conference we talked about "The Australian Market and the Opportunities for Peruvian Companies".


As Director of the Peru Australia Association Inc. I am committed to promoting cultural, social, and commercial exchange between the Peruvian and Australian communities with the purpose of improving integration between both communities.

If you're interested in getting in touch with me:

Mob #: 0422 278 161    Email:


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Marco Vargas Llosa


Marco Vargas Llosa born in Arequipa, Peru in 1936, is a Peruvian novelist, journalist, and former politician. He is well known as one of the leading writers of his generation having a large international impact and worldwide audience. 

Winning many awards in literature he rose to international fame in the 1960s and came out with many books in different genres. 

With a heavy influence from Peruvian society Mario endeavoured to give his perception through his own experiences as a native Peruvian which he shines through in some of the works he has done. Overtime he has expanded the range of which his books had from his perception and Peru to things that arise in other parts of the world also going from literary modernism, to a playful postmodernism.


After being in the military academy for 2 years where his father sent him he withdrew from there and started working as an amateur journalist for local newspapers at the age of 16, also while he was doing his studies. 

His career really started in 1957 with the publications of his first short stories while he was working for two Peruvian newspapers then after going off to Paris to have a scholarship request denied and then remaining in Paris to write prolifically.


In 1990 he was a candidate for the President of Peru but unfortunately was unsuccessful in the presidency. Years later in 2010 he was awarded a Nobel Prize in literature “for his cartography of structures of power and his trenchant images of the individuals resistance, revolt, and defeat.”


Peru Australia Association Inc. Welcomes the Peruvian Ambassador to Queensland


It was a pleasure to meet with the Peruvian Ambassador Sr. Vitaliano Gallardo and his wife Señora Libinka Peckovich on the 27th of May recently while they were in Brisbane attending to diplomatic business.

As the Director of the Peru Australia Association Inc. for Queensland and Northern Territory my husband and I were immensely impressed with his charm and his warm friendly personality. 

He is very easy to converse with and has a wide knowledge of many subjects. We did touch on the subjects of the mineral industries of Peru, the Partnership Pacific Trade Pact, growing numbers of Peruvians studying in Australia, Lithium and electric cars, air travel and the possibility of direct flights from Australia to Lima and the impact of the pandemic on both Australia and Peru.

We also discussed PAA Inc and how it can help in the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Peru and Australia.

The ambassador was most impressed with the city of Brisbane and South-east Qld in general and was wondering why Brisbane is not better recognized in Australia.

Maggie Broe


Northern Territory & Queensland Chapter

Introducing Director of Tasmania & Victoria Chapter - Victor Alatrista


From my beloved Magdalena del Mar in Peru, I arrived in Melbourne in 1977. I studied English in Peru  but I still could not even order a burger at McDonald’s, yes it was not that easy. 

Different to most of the other Directors of the Peru Australian Association my life in this country was perhaps not the best. I started in Australia as most people did, working doing cleaning in the big buildings in city of Melbourne, when I look back I see I did almost any job I could find working at Toyota, Ford Australia, Olympic Tires, and a few other factories. In those days it was so easy to change jobs, you finish working somewhere today and you start a new job couple of days later. Australia has changed a lot since then. 

I landed a job working for the department of the Premier and cabinet in the social service area, in which I got to meet the other side of Australia, the Australia not many people know and that the Australia tourism office do not tell their customers. 

I could not believe in a such rich country there were so many poor people, deserted women & children without a father or a mother sometimes not even both. 

Due to my duties I used to visit the HM Pentridge prison, where Ronald Ryan  was the last person in the state of Victoria executed by hanging on the 3rd  of February 1967.

During the time of the late Premier of Victoria the Hon. Sir Henry Bolte, I had four different premiers as my bosses. The late Hon. John Cain MP, not only my best boss but the person who treated myself as one more in the team. Also the late Dame Phyllis Frost AC DBE CBE. I also had the honour to meet Chief Police Commissioner Mick Miller as well as Chief Police Commissioner Karl Glea. 


One of my best experience was while taking Dame Phyllis Frost to the head quarters of the Melbourne Herald I met Rupert Murdoch, I went ahead to open the door for him to walk out of the building and to my surprise he open first and told me please welcome to my building the customer comes first. A very rich and important man behaving as a simple man, making me feel as I was someone very important when in reality I was the simple man.  

I had seen the very best and the very worst of this wonderful country and it’s people, I am not saying I am a perfect person because I am not and in this life nobody is. I had done lots of good things, and also got into lots of problems. What always kept me coming out of trouble and moving forward was my belief in God, my mother, and my children, and to remember, I am a Peruvian, I am a fighter and nothing is impossible in this life,

I am direct descendance of Captain Francisco de Paula Ugarriza who gave his life at the San Juan de Miraflores Battle on the 15th  of January 1881 at the mercy of the Chilean Army, and for those who know Lima there is a street with his name in the suburb of Miraflores.

My work for the Peruvian People in Australia has been, Public Relations Secretary for the Peruvian Folklore Dance, Representing Peru as Secretary of the first committee of the Spanish Festival in Johnson St. Fitzroy  Victoria, Researcher to the 3ZZZ Spanish program, volunteer as Spanish translator for the Victoria Police, representing the association Camara de Comercio y Turismo del Peru base in Callao Peru and presently Director of the Victoria and Tasmania Chapter of the Peru Australia Association Inc.

I own Australia to The World.

I am a Paralegal and a community leader and agent for Panorama Group in Victoria and Tasmania.

If you're interested in getting in touch with me:

Mob #: 0415706892





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Mario Testino


Born in Lima, Peru in 1954, Mario Testino is one of the most well know influential fashion and portrait photographers being published in magazines from Vogue to Vanity Fair and working for an incredible range of clients from Versace, Gucci, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and a huge range of many more.

He has been described as "the world's most prolific magazine and fashion trade photographer" which has helped the brands he's worked with become increasingly successful by creating the image for the brands he has worked with.

Growing up in a traditional Catholic family remote from the worlds of fashion and Hollywood, he moved from Peru to London in 1976 and did his apprenticeships at the studios of John Vickers & Paul Nugent that he made his first attempts as photographer, inspired by how photography masters documented the soviety of their times.

Testino is well known for having the ability to catch the right moment and bring out the humanity when working with his subjects, making them appear confidently alive, capturing the openness and the energy they have about themselves. He has continually worked with A-list stars, muses, supermodels and artists, to ordinary subjects he has encountered on his travels which he would put into his "A Beautiful World" series.

One of his most memorable experiences was doing an incredible series of Princess Diana which lead him into photographing the royal families all over Europe saying that it was part of his love for tradition and family.

Mario Testino has been awarded with substantial awards and medals not only for his career but for his charity work too. He has brought along with him his roots of Peru throughout his life time and career.

The Peru Australia Association is extremely proud of what Mario has accomplished and wish him the best with his future endeavours.

Introducing Director of QLD & NT Chapter - Maggie Broe


Mt life in Australia commenced in the 70's after finishing my studies in public relations with an arts degree at the Federico Villareal University in Lima, Peru.

My initial exposure to Australian life was working & living in Sydney for a few years at Medical Benefits Fund whilst also working as a model for the June Dally Watkins Agency. 

A few years later I had the opportunity to go to Switzerland to work as an interpreter, and in the travel industry for a short time in the Canton of Lugano which was an excellent experience, travelling all around Europe escorting a group of English speaking tourists.

I returned to Australia in the 1980's, married to an Australian, settled in Queensland and obtained a Diploma in Business Commerce & Business Commerce & Business Communication then decided to pursue a career within the beauty industry and expanded my knowledge into the commercial aspects of the industry acquiring diplomas and certificates along the way. 

Later I opened my own Beauty Academy, training students learn everything related to Make-up Artistry, Beauty Therapy and other elements of the industry, also placing them into jobs.

Later still, I expanded my knowledge about Peruvian Goods & Services in relation to quality, sustainability for Australia, promotion and marketing there of and was invited to visit the exhibition "Peru Moda" in Lima, Peru. Whilst travelling, I also met many of the main players in the Peruvian textile & fashion industry which later led me into my online business "Latin Distinction" which sells fashion garments, silver jewellery, crystal & ceramic ware giftware, vintage and antique treasures.

As a Director of the Peru Australia Association Inc. I intend to expand the membership to introduce our association to all business people who have the slightest interest in Latin America for the purpose of expanding trade, travel and cultural changes between Peru & Australia. With the new Partnership Pacific Agreement this goal should be fulfilled progressively over the next decade.

With my grain of sand I will endeavour to the best of my ability to introduce and promote different types of commerce, the integration of public relations among Australia/Peru & all around the globe, promoting our wonders of Peru.

If you're interested in getting in touch with me:

Mob #: 0407 118 069   Facebook: Maggie L. Distinction




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Introducing Vice President of PAAI - Blanca Llorente


I have been living in Australia for 52 years, during this time I have always been involved with the Peruvian and Latin American Community.  I worked full-time for the NSW Public Service for 45 years in different areas: GIO, Dept. of Health, Age and Disability and the last 15 years with NSW Department of Education where I was an Operation Manager responsible for a team of six. Whilst working at the Dept. of Health I worked for Waverly Community Centre as a Project Co-ordinator organising group activities for people with disabilities. I was also a Finance Clerk at Long Bay Gaol.

Throughout my career I attended The Technical College (TAFE) where I did Business Administration, Welfare Course, Tourism Certificate, Occupational Health Services Certificate and Radio Communication Course. I attended a short Course at Sydney University - Personal Development and Communication Skills.  

When I arrived in Sydney I lived at the YWCA Hostel living with various other Peruvian and Latin American Ladies.  As I spoke fluent English, I helped the ladies who couldn’t speak English with their employment queries and other government requirements. 


I was contacted by a group of Peruvians to join the Peruvian Association as a Secretary (1973).  Later the association become The Peruvian Club Ltd. The was Club Secretary, Treasurer and then Club President. During these 30 years we organised Cultural Exhibitions Events, Social Gala Functions, Picnics and other activities for the community.


In late 80’s a group of Peruvians created The Peruvian Charity. This Charity was set up to raise money to send to Peru especially to Ayacucho during the political unrest and aid for the Cholera outbreak and the 2007 Earthquake.


The Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1992 contacted a group of Peruvian Women to form St. Joseph Australian Peruvian Mission Group. The charity’s aim was to raise funds and send them to the shanty towns in Peru (Huasahuasi), Cero el Pacifico (Lima) and other districts. I was involved in organising events, picnics and I prepared anticuchos and other Peruvian food.


I volunteered at the Sydney 2000 Olympic, Paralympics, Gay Olympics and Masters Games.  Based Sydney Kingsford Airport for two months I used my Spanish language and helped athletes who couldn’t speak English. I prepared their accreditation ID’s for them to participate at the Games.


Since 1998, I joined “2NBC 90.1 FM” based at Kogarah, Sydney, NSW, It is a local community Radio Station, web page is:, where I present a Spanish Program called “Millennium Latino”, (I did call Millennium Latino, because of the beginning of the year “2000”). The programs are on Friday nights from 21:00 to 01:00 and Saturday afternoon from 13:00 to 15:00. I am a voluntary producer, presenter of the program, also an Ethnic representative of the community radio station where I play Latin/English music, interview members of Latin American community and others. Three correspondents who inform the listeners of social activities taking place in Australia, sports in Sydney an around the world and a segment related finance market update. 

I become involved with radio communication in 1977, when then it was called 2EA transmitting from the Catholic Radio Studio at Lyons Road, Five Dock. It was one of the first Spanish Programs organised by Flor Becerra and Alan Grassby (an Australian Politician). In 1978 they move to the Clarence Street, City, now currently in Artarmon, known as “SBS” Sydney Broadcasting Service transmitting in different languages. 

Currently I am the Secretary for the Colombians in Australia Cultural Association and Vice – President of the Peruvian Australia Association Incorporated.



Iberoamerican Plaza Re-Inauguration


President Mauricio Panizo, Vice President Blanca Llorente and Luis Cuadros legal representative and NSW director of the PAA (Peru Australia Association) attended this great community event on this date.


After the visit to the Ibero-American square, they were welcomed with a lunch organized by the IAP organizing committee in the halls of the Masonic Club of Sydney city.

This event was also entertained by the Mexican artist Victor Valdez.


Luncheon at the Sydney Masonic club, from right to left; President of PAA Mauricio Panizo, NSW Director of PAA Luis Cuadros, Vice President of PAAI Blanca Llorente, Ambassador of Peru's Wife, Ambassador of Peru Vitaliano Gallardo Valencia

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From Left to Right Mrs Eliana Beraun Consul General of Peru, Luis Cuadros legal representative of PAA, Blanca Llorente vice president of PAA, Sr. Vitaliano Gallardo Valencia Ambassador of Perú In Australia and Mauricio Panizo National President of the "Peru Australia Association"


Ambassador of Perú In Australia Exc. Sr. Vitaliano Gallardo Valencia and Mauricio Panizo national President of the "Peru Australia Association".

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Ambassador of Perú in Australia Exc. Sr. Vitaliano Gallardo Valencia and Luis Cuadros legal representative of the "Peru Australia Association".

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Ernesto Arrisueño


Born in Lima Peru, Ernesto is an amazing artist that has been living here in Australia for around 36 years. Ernesto has put on quite a few exhibitions all around Sydney over the years exhibiting his beautiful art work.

Bringing the flavours of Peru and Australia together in some of his art pieces he was influenced heavily by the coastal part of Lima where he grew up, Ernesto's interest in painting started at the age of 10 and has continued on until this day.

Some of his artwork involving and infinite number of flowers stemming from a jug that evolves into an entire landscape and continues on into eternity is just some of the way he describes his art work, not to mention the beautiful colour and incredible artistry that is involved with what he creates.

The art work blending memories from the early years of his life in Peru with the visions and traditions his experienced in Australia are nothing but pure excellence of Ernesto's work. A calm sense of stillness, peace and serenity comes over you as you look at his divine pieces, each one just as beautiful as the next.

The Peru Australia Association wishes Ernesto the best in future endeavours and keep making us proud.


Ambassador Vitaliano Gallardo is married to Mrs. Ljubinka Petkovich Portocarrero, who is a secondary school teacher specializing in Chemistry and Biology and has worked as a teacher at the Manuel Polo Jimenez and José Abelardo Quiñones schools of the Peruvian Air Force and the Colegio Peruvian North American Abraham Lincoln, and has been director of the Innova School in San Miguel.

Introducing Ambassador Gallardo


Born in Lima, December 21, 1963, Mr Vitaliano Gaspar Gallardo Valencia is a Diplomat with a 30-year career in the Diplomatic Service of the Republic of Peru.

Ambassador Gallardo has completed his university studies at the Pontificia Catholic University of Peru (Faculty of Law), completed his post-graduate studies at the University of Paris – Pantheon Sorbonne and also has a Diploma in International Affairs, completed at New York University (NYU).

He began his career at the Embassy of Peru in Ecuador between 1996 and 2001, then became the Permanent Representation of Peru at the United Nations Organization in New York (UN) between 2004 and 2009.

After this he became the Permanent Representation of Peru at the Organization of American States in Washington (OAS) from 2012 to 2014.

He has also been Consul General of Peru in Paterson, with jurisdiction in the States of New Jersey and Pennsylvania from 2014 to 2017.

In the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he has been an official and Director of Security and Defence, an official and Director of Limits and General Director of Peruvian Communities Abroad and Consular Affairs. He has also served as General Director of International Relations at the Ministry of Defence.

He is the son of Vitaliano Gallardo Cuadra, professor, lawyer and university professor from Cora Cora and living in Pullo, province of Parinacochas, Ayacucho, and Yolanda Valencia Lara, from Huancavelica, professor of History and Geography, professor at the Primary Educational Institution of the Balconcillo Urbanization in the district of La Victoria, and director of the Víctor Andrés Belaunde School in Santa Catalina, La Victoria.


We Welcome Our New Ambassador Of Peru To Australia

His Excellency Mr Vitaliano Gaspar Gallardo Valencia Ambassador of Peru arrived to Australia from Lima in early February and then took his diplomatic post on February 10th 2022.  
Mr. Eric Barco, our director and member from The Australian Capital Territory Chapter (ACT) welcomed our ambassador with information about the Peru Australia Association Inc. and our support for him moving forward.

All of the PAAI directors wish him the best of luck and the best regards in his new diplomatic position and we are all looking forward to meeting him in the very near future.

Stay tuned as we will post an interview with him in relation to cultural exchange, cultural activities, education, sports, archaeology, history, trade, travel & tourism between our countries in the future..

Australia Day In Peru
On Australia Day on the streets Miraflores, they held a small exhibition to bridge a cultural exchange between Peru and Australia.

Some of the outdoor exhibit was showing:
* Our beautiful country of Australia
* Inventions from Australia
* Our Incredibly beautiful beaches
* Gastronomy in Australia
* And much more..

We are very proud that our cultures are coming together more and more as time goes on. It is a proud moment for Australian's living in Peru to see Australia being promoted in Peru and a proud moment for Peruvians living in Australia to see that the country they live in now is represented back home.

We hope to see more in the future and we know we will definitely be doing our part to promote culture exchange between our beautiful cultures.

Photos courtesy of The Australian Embassy In Peru



Connecting with the Victorian Government
Recently, our Director Victor Alatrista who looks after the Victorian & Tasmanian region got in contact with the Victorian Government to introduce himself to advise our proposed agenda for activities in 2022 & 2023.

We are looking forward to the Victorian Government working with The Peru Australian Association Inc. to help cultural exchange in our community in Australia as well as Peru. 

We thank the Hon. Ros Spence MP for getting back to us with a prompt reply and kind words throughout the response letter that we received from her.

We will continue to keep you updated on any of these connections that we continue making in the future to build our network and community to what we want to make it.



A Film About Surfing In Peru "Into the Storm" That Will Featured In Upcoming Surfing Exhibition In Sydney
A troubled teenager from a crime-ridden barrio of Lima, Peru, struggles against the odds to realise his dream of becoming a professional surfer and lift his family out of poverty. Taken under the wing of a former world champion, he flourishes. But barrio life proves hard to escape and he is caught up in a drive-by shooting. His surfing suffers until his father is released from prison. With his father's love and support, his results suddenly match his potential and his life is transformed.

Click on the play button to see the trailer.

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Unveiling of the New Plaque For Peruvian Hero 

Admiral Miguel Grau Seminario is the most renowned Peruvian naval officer and hero of the Naval Battle of Angamos during the War of the Pacific in 1879. He was known as el Caballero de los Mares for his kind and chivalrous treatment of defeated enemies and is esteemed by both Peruvians and Chileans.

The monument was placed in conjunction with the Sydney City Council in July 1996.


Admiral Miguel Grau Seminario Statue and new placque

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From Left to Right; Councillor Robert Kok from the Sydney City Town Hall, Blanca Llorente (PAA Vice President), Luis Cuadros (PAA Public Officer), Eliana Beraun (Peru Consul General) & Mauricio Panizo (PAA President)

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Group photo from the people that attended the unveiling of the new placque for the monument "Admiral Miguel Grau Seminario"


From Left to Right; Councillor Robert Kok from the City of Sydney Town Hall, Mayor of Sydney Clover Moore & Gustavo Fiestas Pflucker


Magaly Solier Wins Best Actress


Recently at the Zurich Film Festival, Magaly Solier was awarded with "Best Actress" for her role in "The Saint of the Impossible".

The film is based on a novel written by a Dutch writer named Arnon Grunberg. The film focuses on a family of Peruvians seduced by the American dream.

Check out the link to the movie's trailer here:


Peruvian Tenor Wins World Opera In Russia

Operalia is an annual international competition for opera singers and recently they just announced the winners of 2021's competition.

This year it was held at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and the competition saw young artists from all over the world compete before a distinguished panel of judges in the categories of opera and zarzuela.

First prize went to fellow Peruvian tenor Iván Ayón-Rivas. 
Iván, born 17 February 1993 is a Peruvian operatic tenor. A former student of the Conservatorio Nacional de Música in Lima, he perfectioned his artistry in Italy under the guidance of Roberto Servile. You can enjoy his performance down below.

Alba (Short film) - Mariella S. Solano

An aspiring Peruvian performer must decide whether she’s dancing for others or herself.
Mariella S. Solano’s accomplished debut boasts kinetic scenes of the Marinera courtship dance and a captivating star turn from newcomer Nathalie Santillana as a young Peruvian-Australian hitting the proverbial stage of life. Alba is a touching, engagingly told story of diaspora and coming of age.
Mariella graduated from the prestigious Australian film school AFTRS. Alba is a short film that she directed and wrote for her thesis. Now the short film has been selected at different film festivals such as Melbourne International Film Festival, Latino Film Festival in New York and now at the Sydney International Film Festival.
Mariella was born in Australia, the daughter of a Peruvian mother and Australian father. Mariella in her story wants to share a bit of Peruvian culture and the Latin American community in Australia. She is proud of her roots. Mariella's words "Creating Alba was a way of communicating my own identity and history that felt authentic in my experience as a Latina-Australian woman."

Alba will be screening at:

Wednesday, November 3, 8pm at Palace Chauvel Paddington.
Wednesday, November 10, 8:45pm at Dendy Newtown.

The Peru Australia Association congratulates you in your great achievement and we wish you many successes in the future.


Photo by Serena Slow

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Chef Marco Antonio Neyra Par Excellence

Marco Antonio Neyra was born in Lima, Peru after arriving in Australia in the early 80’s.

Marco’s first job was as a chef assistant at the famous and well known Latin American restaurant La Vina in Petersham a suburb in the inner west of Sydney.


Marco honed his culinary skills in various restaurants in inner and south western Sydney until gaining a position as Demi chef with the newly built Sydney harbour casino in 1995 till 1997, then that year he opened the first Brand New official Star City Casino located on Pyrmont’s bay on the other side of Sydney harbour in which he worked for the next 15 years.

Later he went on to study commercial cookery at Macarthur university faculty of food science in south western Sydney located on the Grounds of western Sydney University in Campbelltown Graduating in 1998.

Chef Marco cooked at some of the casino’s iconic restaurants including Pyrmont’s seafood and Steak and Sean Connelly’s Sean’s Kitchen Restaurant a five Star fine dining experience.

Marco’s specialities are Spanish paellas, ceviche, Lomo Saltado and also a great variety in Asian and world dishes and of course Latin American and Spanish culinary art in general.

Marco has helped in the past on many occasions teaching and passing his knowledge to others interested in learning the culinary art of cooking.

The Peru-Australia Association congratulates you for your great achievements!

Feel free to get in touch with Marco on:


Message from the Ambassador of Australia In Peru for the Peru Australia Association (English)
We want to thank the Ambassador of Australia in Peru and Bolivia, Ms. Diana Nelson for the kind gesture of sending us  a welcome video. We also want to thank the Australian embassy in Peru for allowing us to work with them on future projects that aim to strengthen ties between our nations.

Mensaje de la embajadora de Australia en el Peru acerca de Asociación Peru Australia (Español) 
Queremos agradecer a la embajadora de Australia en el Peru y Bolivia, Sra Diana Nelson por el gentil detalle de enviarnos  un video de bienvenida. También queremos agradecer que la embajada de Australia en el Peru nos permita trabajar con ellos en futuros proyectos que tengan como objetivo fortalecer los lazos entre nuestras naciones.

Womankind Magazine - Women of the Andes
Recently we got in touch with the editor-in-chief for the magazine WOMANKIND as they did a beautiful look into the Women of the Andes and the Peruvian Culture (Issue #26: Llama). We have not seen a magazine like this in Australia dedicated to the women of the world and in this issue the women of the Andes region..The women of the highlands of Peru.

Proudly so, we bought it and read through the very interesting pages, with 24 contents starting from the Editor's letter appraising the ancient history of the Inca Empire and these women from the Andes, their daily life, including their beautiful textiles past, present and hopefully continuing into the future.
Peru's many facets are well covered with the lungs of the Amazon and their rich soil and the great variety of wildlife. 
The Amazon jungle is also the capital of the ayahuasca tourist boom, which partaking in a ceremony has unexpected consequences & visionary like experiences with most tourists going to ayahuasca retreats looking for life meaning and soul connection. 
Lastly, the magazine touches on Lima-born artist and an Australian resident Ernesto Arrisueno, a Peruvian artist and painter who finds two worlds colliding in his series of flower paintings.
We are Peruvians in Australia and we are very proud of our heritage and this magazine takes us further to put us into awareness, not just the women from Peru, but also from women around the world.

Antonia has been kind enough to send through some copies to us, so if you would like us to send one out to you, please contact us and we will send one out until we don't have any left.

If you would like to check out and support the magazine please find the link here:

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Machu Pichu

Peru - The Mystical Country

The heart of the great South American civilisation is Peru. It’s strategic location in South America has been exploited in the past by both the Incas and the Spaniards. 

Peru’s position in west central South America has made it a meeting place of numerous cultures for thousands of years. Bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west, Chile to the south, Bolivia and Brazil to the east, Colombia and Ecuador to the north. Peru is the natural gateway for tourism and trade on this continent of 30 million people.

With a total land area of 1.28 million sq. km (3.5 times the size of Japan). Peru is a country of tropical coastline, high sierra and Amazonian jungle. The Andes Mountain Range separates a narrow coastal strip of 70 to 200 kilometres in width from the Amazonian jungle.

Nature has endowed Peru with an enormous variety of climates, landscapes and ecosystems. Eighty four of the world’s 103 known ecological zones and 28 different climates are present in Peru, which places it among the 5 countries with the greatest biological diversity in the world. This variation allows Peru to produce the world’s largest-grained and most tender corn, the smoothest avocado, the finest cotton fibre and the most refreshing passion fruit juice.


Macchu Picchu and The Inca Trail

The most impressive way to approach the Lost City of the Incas is on foot, as the Incas did, by way of the beautiful stone roadway, climbing stairs and traversing tunnels, across heights where the sky seems closer than the depths of the Urubamba river canyon. This 43km royal road passes through a number of impressive Inca citadels, which dominate the scenery. Ascending to the crests, it reveals vistas of snow-capped peaks, descending into the jungle, it seems more like a leafy tunnel through luxuriant tropical greenery. Climbing the last rock stairway to Inti Punku you see spread out before you, the splendour of the Inca Empire: Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu is not only a jewel of Inca architecture, it is also the supreme expression of men living in harmony with their environment, a citadel built on a narrow ridge overlooking the turbulent Urubamba river, surrounded by mountains covered in jungle growth, lost for centuries until 1911 when professor Hiram Bingham revealed it to the world.


Nazca, Mysteries and Adventures

Nazca, a unique place due to the mysteries of its marvellous lines and figures drawn with spectacular perfection by the gods? by aliens? by giants? or ordinary people? The beauty and magnitude of the lines must be observed from above.

The drawings and their meaning are even more mysterious than their origin. It is not even known how long it took to create them, nor how the creators were able to measure them with such perfection, since there were no aircraft in those days. This mystery inspires many theories.


Are you interested in going to visit this beautiful country and discover the rich mixture of history and amazing scenery?

Peru, the land beyond your wildest dreams.. stay tuned for more information on Peru and tourism..

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