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Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa meets this Wednesday with the President of Bulgaria and attends a plaque honoring Fernando Pesoa – Observer



Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa meets this Wednesday with the President of Bulgaria and attends a plaque honoring Fernando Pesoa - Observer

President of the Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, meets this Wednesday with his Bulgarian colleague, Rumen Radev, and visits the memorial plaque in honor of Fernando Pesoa at the Sofia City Hall.

The head of the Portuguese state arrived in Bulgaria on Tuesday afternoon with an official visit to the country until Thursday, during which he will always be in the capital of the country, Sofia.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday evening, after a private dinner hosted by the President of Bulgaria, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa recalled that this visit “was promised for more than two years” after his colleague visited Portugal in January 2019. “It was postponed due to the pandemic, we have a great relationship since Arraiolos, since 2016, and they are developing.“, – he stressed.

At a private dinner, according to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the heads of the two states said: “in Europe and in bilateral relations”, As well as the status of the pandemic and vaccinations in both countries, leaving more formal negotiations with delegations until this Wednesday.


The official program of the President of the Republic begins this Wednesday at 10:20 am (8:20 am from Lisbon) with a welcoming ceremony at St. Alexander Nevsky Square, which includes the national anthems of both countries, as well as traditional magazines and the military. parade of the guard of honor. In the same square, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will lay a wreath of flowers at the tomb of the unknown soldier.

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In the Presidential Palace, the head of the Portuguese state meets with the President of Bulgaria. The meeting, which will later be extended to two delegations, followed by press statements scheduled for noon (10:00 am in Lisbon).

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will come later lunch from the interim Prime Minister of Bulgaria, Stefan Yanev, moving to the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral.

The Orthodox Cathedral, about 50 meters high, is one of the main attractions of the Bulgarian capital, built in honor of the Russian soldiers who died during the Russian-Turkish war of 1877-1878. From the cathedral, the Portuguese president will walk to the Sofia City Hall, where a bas-relief plaque in honor of Fernando Pesoa was unveiled in 2006 with excerpts from a poem. Tobacco shop heteronym Alvaro de Campos.

At the time, this panel was a Portuguese contribution to the Poesia na Parede initiative, a project launched in 2004 by the Netherlands with the aim of spreading the culture of European Union members in Bulgaria.

The panel was designed by two professors from the Bulgarian National Academy of Plastic Arts, and the poem can be read in Portuguese on the facade of the town hall. it is also translated into Bulgarian in Cyrillic.… The program will conclude this Wednesday with a dinner between the two heads of state at the National Museum of History.

In his first term, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was already in Bulgaria in September 2016 on the occasion of the 12th meeting of the Arraiolos Group, which unites heads of European states without executive power.

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Bulgaria will hold snap elections on July 11, just three months after the last vote, after three unsuccessful attempts to form a government by the most voted parties, with the executive director currently in power.

The Balkan country of seven million inhabitants, considered the poorest member state of the European Union (EU) – it joined in 2007 along with neighboring Romania and could be the next country to join the euro area – remains in last place in terms of vaccination against Covid- 19 (just over 13% of adults have already received at least one dose versus 42% in Portugal) and among those with the highest mortality rates.

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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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