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Portuguese Ambassador to prioritize social needs of Portuguese-Venezuelans – Coimbra News



Portuguese Ambassador to prioritize social needs of Portuguese-Venezuelans - Coimbra News

The new Portuguese Ambassador to Venezuela, João Pedro Vasconcelos Fins do Lago, told the Lusa news agency that he will prioritize the social needs of the Portuguese-Venezuelans in his work agenda.

“The social agenda will always be a top concern and a permanent item on my agenda,” the diplomat said.

João Pedro Vasconcelos Fins do Lago spoke to the Lusa agency at the end of a visit to Father Joaquim Ferreira’s Nursing Home, which currently hosts 58 elderly people of Portuguese-Venezuelan origin in Los Anacos (38 km south of Caracas).

“I would like to wish this institution all the best, to tell them that I will be here many times, both in this and in others. […] and that support and attention [do Estado português] will never be missed. I also wish them all the best, because wishing the best for these institutions means achieving a better life for the Portuguese here,” he said.

“I arrived only three months ago, but there was a topic that I really wanted to cover. […] it is a theme of solidarity, social needs that also exist in Portuguese communities and communities of Portuguese immigrants,” he said.

The ambassador explained to the Lusa agency that it is necessary to be very attentive “to all Portuguese and in particular to the descendants of the Portuguese, to those who most of all need support from the state, civil society and the attention of everyone as a community.” .

“Lar Padre Joaquim Ferreira, where I came here for the first time with great pleasure, is an exemplary institution that stands out precisely for the expression of this solidarity of the Portuguese with those who need it most,” he said.

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The diplomat stressed that this is the third social support institution he visited in a week, as well as visits to the NGO Regala Una Sonrisa (Give a Smile) and Sociedade de Beneficência de Damas Portuguesas.

“I will come back to this many times because I want to continue to express our interest in protecting the most vulnerable through civil society and also through the state, and here civil society joins in, which is absolutely extraordinary,” he said. .

When asked about the difficulties of these institutions and whether the support of the Portuguese state is sufficient to guarantee their functioning and the attention they give to the Portuguese, the diplomat explained that all this is necessary so that attention is not insufficient.

“Support is never enough. Let’s not have any illusions about this. Support is always what is meant to grow, never to be absent. And that is why the monitoring of these cases by the state is very important (…) Now let’s say that there is enough support. I think there is not enough support in this life, not in the next, not in this world, not in the next,” he said.

According to the ambassador, state support and “motivation of civil society” are important.

“When I talk about civil society, I mean institutions like the Charitable Ladies of Caracas, who are 53 years old and support 75 families for one month with food, but also with health, or institutions like this (Lar da Terceira Idade) , in which there are more than fifty elderly people, some of whom are in a difficult situation,” he stressed.

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“If we all stand together shoulder to shoulder to support those who need it most, then we will almost think that there is enough support. It will never come, and it will always be a long journey that we will continue,” he concluded.

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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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