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The Ambassador of Portugal praised the “remarkable and exemplary” role of the Portuguese in the construction of Venezuela and spoke about the future of the host country, stressing that after the storm comes the calm.

“Your role in the construction of Venezuela was remarkable, it was exemplary, and it was also decisive for the good name of Portugal on this earth,” said João Pedro de Vasconcelos Fins do Lago.

The Ambassador spoke at the Centro Português Caracas to several hundred Portuguese on the occasion of local Madeira Autonomous Region (RAM) Day celebrations from Friday to Monday in several Venezuelan states.

The diplomat also emphasized that the importance of Portugal in Venezuela is due to the importance of the Portuguese community, highlighting the difficulties of recent years, from the economic crisis to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Portuguese community, which originated in Madeira, has something to say about the future of this country, but they also have words about the future of Portugal and the future of RAM. And speaking of the future, I want to leave you a few words of hope, calm after the storm, and calm, hopefully, at the door. They have overcome the storm and will be able to enjoy the expected good weather,” he stressed.

“The name of Madeira has a special meaning for Venezuela,” added the ambassador, who also praised the “will to win” of the Portuguese community, as well as “support, leaving no compatriot behind” and sharing the successes achieved.

For his part, Wilder da Silva, representative of the Madeira Day Commemoration Committee in Venezuela, emphasized the “great spirit of struggle, work, honesty and respect” of the Portuguese in Venezuela, with a “strong conviction to support” the locals. development. .

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“They came to stay and start a family, to pass on the customs, traditions and values ​​of our dear Madeira (…) Today, due to different circumstances, some have had to return and others have to start a new adventure, and although history has now changed, we are always the same same people, good people,” he said.

“Let’s take advantage of the cultural exchange that has taken place in both directions and keep getting closer and closer. Let’s take advantage of adversity. We will continue to build bridges, to support the people of Madeira here and there. Let’s do things, create incentives. Let’s take advantage of technologies that allow us to work faster and make everything easier and more accessible,” he stressed.

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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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