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Portugalidade: A essência de ser português

During 2021, there was a lively discussion among scholars over a dissertation published by lexicologist Dr. J. Vitor de Sousa, who was looking for a clearer translation and interpretation of the descriptive noun “Portugalidade”, the first recorded use of which is from the post-World War II period in the Estado Novo.

The display of Portugal as a world leader, both due to the expansion of the territories under its control and the number of citizens who spoke Portuguese as their mother tongue, was an important feature of the regime’s propaganda, since the concept of national identity with psychology and culture, which stretch from Minho to Timor in the east (and the independent state of Brazil in the west), are considered a worldwide phenomenon. The days of empire and the prosperity it brought to the homeland will never be forgotten; if not in vassal territories.

After the Carnation Revolution, the word fell out of favor as an instrument of national pride, but has recently been resurrected in the speeches of President Marcelo Rebelo de Souza and government ministers, with an obvious semiotic connotation of post-colonial meaning, including everything that can be appreciated. patriotically, as is typical of the Portuguese in character.

The published English version of Dr. de Souza cryptically called himself “Portugal: Nothing that is Nothing”, which seems to suggest that the ethnic and cultural diversity of contemporary Portugal is not a common denominator, either here or around the world. A surprisingly large response to this came from the international audience that subscribed to Academia.org. Inevitably, some of the comments were irreverent, with references to custard tarts, Benfica, and symbolic portraits of Uncle Sam and John Bull compared to the gentle Zé Povinho. References to fado, the art of Paula Rego, and the literature of Camões, Pessoa and Saramago were frequent and indicate how outsiders see contemporary Portugal.

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Michael Teague’s photo essay “Following the Footsteps of Portuguese Navigators” is a perfect example of how the architecture of forts, churches, palaces and modest dwellings can be unmistakably Portuguese in many settlements that were founded in Africa, scattered throughout the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as in Brazil in the Age of Discovery. It was published in 1988 when I, as a migrant, applied for a permanent residence permit in Portugal, and I recommend reading it to all foreigners who now want to follow the same path.

His odyssey of respect for the historic Portuguese way of life began in 1957 with an Oxford University alumni expedition to Angola. This was followed by three years teaching English in Rio de Janeiro, where he conceived the idea of ​​visually creating the atmosphere discovered in the 15th and 17th centuries by intrepid Portuguese explorers led by Vasco de Gama, Fernão de Magalhães and Bartolomeu Dias.

With the help of a small donation from Gulbenkian and other funds, he set off with a backpack, camera and notebooks on a three-year journey by train, bus, boat, horse and donkey, literally following in the footsteps of navigators from Morocco to Japan. The result was over a thousand photographs and a lyrical narrative, allowing Portugalidade Global to travel around the world.

Even in that short span of fifty years, many of the carefully listed buildings have disappeared, and some of the romantic ruins have been “restored” in the style of a Disney theme park filled with costumed guides to provide tourists with an “experience.” But Michael Teague’s magnificent homage to Portugal inevitably draws comparisons to the homogeneous ideology of the Empire created by the northern European peoples, and to how alternative Portuguese idiosyncrasies have left their indelible mark on much of our world.

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

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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 Ptix.bm 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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CRISTANO RONALDO CAN MAKE UP A GIANT IN CARIOCA AND PORTUGUESE TECHNICIAN SAYS ‘There will be room’

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CRISTANO RONALDO CAN MAKE UP A GIANT IN CARIOCA AND PORTUGUESE TECHNICIAN SAYS 'There will be room'

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

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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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