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Powerful people, cowboys and very Portuguese traditions. These markings bring back the hat – Observer



Powerful people, cowboys and very Portuguese traditions.  These markings bring back the hat - Observer

Even with a virus affecting the economy and not offering staple goods, Sylvia set up a solo business in the hope that made in Portugal, the added value of sustainability and the fashion trends themselves are breathtaking. “I would say that this is starting to gain popularity, the demand for hats is already higher, there are much more hitchhikers than what has already happened with the Spaniards and the French,” he sums up. In addition to the classics, Lemonade Collective is revealed in other variants – beach hats for summer days and fabric models made from fabrics stopped in Portuguese factories. So far, sales have been mainly in the domestic market.

“I wanted to create more than just a beautiful hat brand,” he admits. The business woman wanted to impose values ​​on the product itself and launch a brand based on social inclusion. That is why, for every product sold, one euro is returned to the Portuguese Association of People with Trisomy 21. A trend that it wants to develop in the future with this and other community organizations.

“Did you know that we have the largest manufacturer of headwear felts in the world?” – the question asks Jose Gaspard during a conversation about the Portuguese vocation for hats. Belongs to FEPSA, a giant if São João da Madeira has been on the market for over 50 years, being the main supplier of raw materials for Umber, a brand launched in December 2020 with Katarina Vassalo, renowned jewelry and accessories designer.

The idea was in their heads even before the pandemic. “Apart from being bald and clearly enjoying hats, in a country with so much sun, we didn’t have such big brands,” he continues. So I counted on know how his business partner who once dedicated himself hat in the land of his majesty. However, getting to know the city of hats and discovering their most talented hands was a surprise.

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Currently, most of the production is carried out in a small factory in São João da Madeira, employing four people, but there is an opportunity to involve others. “These are very small buildings and many of the existing artisans are hard to find. Some of the great tradition of hats has been lost, and it scares me that ten years from now, when some of these people start dying, no one knows who will continue the work, ”he says in an interview with the Observer.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.



Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.



Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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