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Portuguese archaeologist Luís Raposo elected to ICOM executive board – observer



Portuguese archaeologist Luís Raposo elected to ICOM executive board - observer

Archaeologist Luis Raposo was elected this Wednesday to the executive board of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), becoming first Portuguese integrate this body of the sector, he said Lusa.

Luis Raposo, who this year has completed his second term as president of ICOM Europe, a division of the non-governmental organization, is one of 11 new members elected to the executive board this Wednesday.

Italian Emma Nardi was elected presidentKorean Inkyung Chang and Zambian Terry Simioti Nyambe for Vice PresidentsThis is reported by the official website of ICOM.

ICOM is the largest international organization of museums and museum professionals, established in 1946 and dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the world’s tangible and intangible natural and cultural heritage through best practice guidelines.


In addition to Luis Raposo, the executive board includes Feng Zhao (China), Marilia Bonas (Brazil), Kaya Sirok (Slovenia), Taiebeh Golnaz Golsabahit (Iran), Stef Scholten (Great Britain), Deborah Toot-Smith (Australia), Jody Steiger ( Costa Rica), Karin Vail Gonzalez (Chile), Ahmed Mohammed (UAE) and Rachel Doucet (Haiti).

The election of new directors was held at the ICOM General Assembly, which runs until Sunday at the Prague Congress Center under the motto of this year’s International Museum Day “The Power of Museums”.

When Lusa contacted him about being elected to the new position, the archaeologist expressed his enthusiasm, stressing that “the executive board is ICOM’s true strategic management body.”

To be elected to such a body is an honor and a great responsibility, especially at such a difficult stage in international life, as well as such an accelerated transformation of museums,” he added.

An archaeologist specializing in ancient prehistory, Luis Raposo was President of ICOM-Portugal from 2008 to 2014, Vice President of the Association of Portuguese Archaeologists and Director of the National Museum of Archeology from 1996 to 2012.

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Among other things, he was a member of the ICOM Working Group on Statutes, Internal Rules, Regulations and Governance (2014-2016), the ICOM Strategic Plan and Resolutions Monitoring Committee (2014-2016), the Ambassador for the establishment of the ICOM International Training Center for Africa (2016-2018) and Member of the Standing Scientific Committee of the EU-Lac European Museum Project (2017-2020).

This Wednesday too the new definition of the museum was approved by the majority, extending the previous one by 15 years, concepts of inclusiveness, sustainability, accessibility and diversity, according to the organization.

At this annual meeting, the representatives of the national committees 118 countrieswhich involve more 44 thousand membershold working meetings and discuss until Sunday various issues that are of interest to museums, namely sustainability, leadership and relations with civil society.

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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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