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Antonio López was the first Portuguese in the Dakar.



Antonio López was the first Portuguese in the Dakar.

António López is the name that remains in the history of the race as the first Portuguese to take part in the great Euro-African marathon, which began in Paris (Chevilly) on December 29, 1990 and ended in Dakar on January 17, 1991.

In the same year, in the 13th rally, the route started in France, passed through Libya, Niger, Mali, Mauritania and finished in Senegal, for a total of 11 stages, a day of rest in Agadez, Niger, and 6747 km. proof.

With a near-standard Honda África Twin 650 and nose # 31, Portuguese Antonio López set his sights on exactly 30 years ago to debut his greatest sporting event with the title of national enduro champion in 1990, winning the Baja Portalegre 500 and 26th. place in the Faros rally.

In the year that Jean-Gilles Soupot was trying to get to Lago Rosa in Harley-Davidson, and Patricia Scheck was the only woman on bikes, Lopez finished 29th overall on the weekend. He was the leader of the marathon class in the 5th stage of the race.

Three days later, in the 8th stage, in the special 672 km distance between Timbuktu and Nema in Mali, the Portuguese rookie had already finished in 20th place and retained the lead in the marathon class. However, a collapse with loss of consciousness and subsequent evacuation by helicopter led to the fact that the national pilot was abandoned, who had previously shown excellent results.

Antonio Lopes never returned to the Dakar Rally, but he still registered his name in the history of the competition as the first Portuguese on the list of motorcycling riders.

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Remember that next year, in 1992, Pedro Amado in a Yamaha XTZ 660 will be the first Portuguese to finish in the Dakar Rally. He was 28th overall and 9th in the marathon class. In automobiles, Portugal’s first involvement dates back to 1982, when José Megre drove the UMM Indenor 2.5 and No. 216 for the door. Finished 45th overall.

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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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