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Antonio Coimbra Martins, Portuguese diplomat and politician, died



Antonio Coimbra Martins, Portuguese diplomat and politician, died

Diplomat Antonio Coimbra Martins stepped down from his post as Portuguese ambassador to Paris in June 1979 and offered his own variation on the poet Mayakovsky’s cry half a century ago: “I would have lived and died in Paris if there was no Lisbon in the world.”

Co-founder of the Portuguese Socialist Party in the last days of the dictatorship, friend and minister Mario Soares (1924-2017), keeper of a strong European humanistic tradition, this thinker, who has since taught French in higher education, has died. in Paris on May 19 at the age of 94

He was born in Lisbon on January 30, 1927 to a banker’s family and began his academic career. He graduated from the Faculty of Romanian Philology at the Faculty of Arts in Lisbon (1950), taught briefly at Liceu (1952), and then moved from Lisbon to France, where he became a fully bilingual reader of Portuguese at the Literature Faculties in Montpellier. and Paris. Aix (1953-1956), before moving to Paris, where he held the same position at the Catholic University and the Sorbonne (1957-1960).

If he returned to Portugal and entered the Faculty of Arts in Lisbon, where he studied Portuguese linguistics and French literature (1961-1964), his hostility towards new status, The authoritarian regime founded by Salazar in 1932 prompted him to join the Social Democratic Action in 1964, which soon evolved into the Portuguese Socialist Action (ASP). Returning to Paris, in January 1965, he established the library of the Portuguese Cultural Center of the Calouste-Gulbenkian Foundation on rue de Aisne, which opened four months later. Antonio Coimbra Martins, president of the foundation, became librarian and deputy director.

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Participate in the “Carnation Revolution”

In the struggle to return to democracy in his country, he, together with Ramos da Costa, founded the Parisian core of the Asia-Pacific Association and was a member of the Commission for the Defense of Freedoms of Portugal, headquartered in Paris.

At the same time, he continued his academic activities, working on lexicography and the history of ideas in Portugal in the 18th century.e and nineteene Centuries or theater, through which he passed for a long time, he translates for his compatriots Marcel Achard, Jean-Paul Sartre even before he was distinguished by the Nobel Prize – from nausea (1958) for caught tuna (1961) – later Guan House Moliere, who translated it in 1985 for the theater (the version was only released in 2006).

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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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