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Marcelo plans to travel to Brazil to reopen the Museum of the Portuguese Language.



Marcelo plans to travel to Brazil to reopen the Museum of the Portuguese Language.

President of the Republic Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa plans to travel to Brazil later this month to open the Museum of the Portuguese Language in São Paulo, rebuilt after a fire in 2015.

In a letter sent to the Assembly of the Republic last week, the head of state asked for consent to this visit, noting that it is scheduled for the period from July 29 to August 3 to attend the opening ceremony of the museum.

This will be the fifth visit of Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa as President of the Republic to Brazil, where he was in his first year in office, in 2016, in connection with the opening of the Olympic Games, when he also visited Sao Paulo and made a short visit to the Museum building. Portuguese, confirming the commitment of the Portuguese state to its reconstruction.

São Paulo state authorities announced earlier this month that, closed after a fire in December 2015 that destroyed two-thirds of the building’s structure and resulted in the death of a firefighter, the museum will reopen to the public on July 31.

The Museum of the Portuguese Language, opened in 2006, was inaugurated to commemorate the centenary of Estação da Luz and became one of the first in the world dedicated to the Portuguese language, with an interactive experience, audiovisual content and an immersive environment.

After a fire in 2015, it was rebuilt with the sponsorship of private organizations such as the EDP and the Roberto Mariño Foundation, with the support of the Federal Law for the Promotion of Culture and a joint effort of the governments of Portugal and the state of São Paulo.

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Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who took over as head of the Portuguese state in March 2016, visited Brazil in early August of the same year for the opening of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and also traveled to Sao Paulo and Recife.

After about three months, he returned to Brazil for the CPLP Summit held in Brasilia from 31 October to 1 November.

In 2017, the President of the Republic again visited Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo to celebrate the Day of Portugal, Camoes and Portuguese Communities from 10 to 12 June.

At the time, he was present, along with Prime Minister Antonio Costa, at the signing of an agreement between the Portuguese government, the Roberto Mariño Foundation and the State of São Paulo to rebuild the Museum of the Portuguese Language.

The agreement, signed at the Consulate General of Portugal on June 11, 2017, provided for technical support for the restoration, distribution, exchange of information and the possibility of joint programs and exhibitions to promote the Portuguese language.

On January 1, 2018, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa represented Portugal at the inauguration of Jair Bolsonaro as President of the Federative Republic of Brazil, who received him the next day at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia.

The consent of the Assembly of the Republic to travel by the head of state is a formality established by the Constitution, which states that the President of the Republic cannot leave the national territory without the permission of parliament.

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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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