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Marcelo identifies East Timor as a “geopolitical bastion” with a “recovery of the Portuguese language”.



Marcelo identifies East Timor as a "geopolitical bastion" with a "recovery of the Portuguese language".

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, today called Timor-Leste a “bastion” from a geopolitical point of view in the Asia-Pacific region and defined the “cycle of restoration of the Portuguese language” in this country, with expression in the media. and in the state..

In response to questions from journalists at a hotel in Dili, the head of state was asked to explain to the Portuguese the importance of his first official visit to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, and he referred to “reasons of the past” and “reasons of the future”.

Regarding the future, he argued that Timor has a “strategic position that is of fundamental importance”, given the region in which it is located. “In this Asia-Pacific region, where much of the geopolitics of the present and future is played out, there is a bastion called Timor that belongs to the Community of Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP),” he said, adding: “This could be very important for Portugal in the area, where we have no other base.”

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that Timor-Leste is a country “that wants to strengthen ties with Portugal, which aligns its position in the CPLP with Portugal, which is completely loyal in joint positions.” Timor-Leste, he continued, “has a president [José Ramos-Horta] with very rare international prestige, has a charismatic historical leader [Xanana Gusmão] with very rare political and international prestige – they are an added value for Timor, but also for Portugal.”

“Add to this that the Portuguese are aware that they have a future. As for the past, they understand this, because even today they do not forget what Timor meant as a common cause,” he defended.

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In the words of the President of the Republic, Portugal and Timor-Leste lived “in a joint resistance to foreign domination, which has not been in any other decolonization”, and “in no other case of this historical time is there such unanimity”.

As for the languages ​​spoken by the Timorese, when asked if not knowing Portuguese was a factor in social exclusion, the head of state replied that he had the impression that “more people speak Portuguese, the Portuguese language” “There are specific projects for various areas power: state administration, judicial power, political power, entrepreneurial activity,” he said.

In his view, “a silent revolution is taking place” after “several linguistic cycles” in Timor-Leste: “The old cycle, which still had Portuguese, then the cycle of Indonesian advance, and then Malaysia. , several advances. “And now there is a cycle of recovering the Portuguese language with the help of the media, Portuguese-speaking journalists and bringing Tetum closer to the Portuguese language,” he stated, concluding: “It is changing for the better.”

During his first official visit to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, based in the capital Dili, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was accompanied by Foreign Minister Joao Gomes Cravinho.

The program of the head of state began on Thursday and ended today with a meeting with the Portuguese community. The flight to Lisbon is scheduled for Sunday morning in Dili, still early in the morning in Lisbon, where it is less than eight hours.

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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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