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Lisbon Poetry Orchestra: Portuguese surrealism also has heirs



Lisbon Poetry Orchestra: Portuguese surrealism also has heirs

“Breathe / don’t distract me.” The lines that end the poem No timewritten by surrealist Fernando Lemos, reflects the mission of the Lisbon Poetry Orchestra in a new CD album, surrealists. But soon we will go there, to these pages and music tracks filled with creativity and fantasy. In the meantime, let’s go back to 2013 and settle in Cais do Sodre in Lisbon. Every Monday, this is where people dreamed with open eyes: Poetas do Povo poetry meetings, open to public participation, where invited musicians and locals illustrated recitations, enchanted poets and singers, dreamers and lovers.

“Since then, our main goal has been to show that poetry does not have to be elitist,” says Alexandre Cortés, musician and former Rádio Macau member, one of the founders of the project, to VISÃO.

Between the success of the first performance in the theater (on World Poetry Day in 2015, tickets to the Small Hall of the Belem Cultural Center were sold out) and the release of the first album-disc in 2018.modern Portuguese poetsAbysmo), there was a project that remained on the dream menu of this collective: to create a CD-book dedicated to Portuguese surrealism.

“In 2015, at the Festival Silêncio in Lisbon, we were doing a show about surrealism and wanted to delve deeper into the history of these unknown artists,” continues Alexander Cortés, who is responsible for conceptualizing the new work of the group, which reached bookstores at the end of August. “In 2019, we began to idealize the book. We even did some shows inspired by surrealism, but then the pandemic came. It was not the right time for us to promote such valuable Surrealist work.”

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Seven years later, the project finally saw the light of day. More than 100 pages are meticulously illustrated by the “out-of-his-time surrealist” Joao Alves, whose oil and acrylic paintings accompany the verses of the restless Mario Cesarini, the always provocative Alexander O’Neill or the stubborn Antonio José Forte. In the 40s and 50s of the last century, the Lisbon Surrealists challenged the rules of language and logic. They used violent metaphors, called for a “revolution of the spirit”, defended simultaneous writing by several people under the influence of drugs or alcohol. They were united by only one banner: the desire for freedom.

all arts João Alves’ paintings illustrate the verses from this record book, which also counts in collaboration with Adolfo Luxuria Canibal and Garota Nao in voice and Fred Ferreira and To Trips in music. Image: Joao Alves

“These poets knew their time very well,” says Alexander Cortes, laughing and looking fascinated at the story he tells. “Faced with the dictatorship of Salazar, they wanted freedom – political, social, artistic. And they tried to achieve this through lyricism mixed with rebellion.”

However, the musician leaves a warning: the record book is not a manifesto against the lack of freedom caused by the pandemic or the war in Ukraine. “We didn’t think about a book from the extreme situations of the last two years. The Surrealists alone are inspiring enough.”

My verse, my verse, is there anyone freer than me?

To give voice and rhythm to verses d’surrealistslike imaginary lovea man of honorPedro Oom, or urban repression d’Poet from Lisbon, Antonio José Forte, had only one requirement to fulfill: to do so with almost total freedom. And the word “almost” is not used out of politeness: a set of restrictions is added to the confusing energy of the reciters so that the original meaning of the verses is not distorted.

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“It’s a tricky balance,” begins journalist Nuno Miguel Guedes, author of the book’s foreword and member of the Lisbon Poetry Orchestra since 2013, with a story from VISÃO. “The poems always make me think about the current context, but above all, these poems already existed. I cannot ignore the feelings and spontaneity that inspired these poets more than 50 years ago.”

surrealists (“Naked City”, 112 pages, 24.99 euros)

And it is this spontaneity that still distinguishes the work of the team. It was not necessary to follow the previous structure to align the texts. Immersed in surreal Lisbon – and seeing “an open ceiling to drop the fork in the middle of the room” (General callMario-Enrique Leiria) and confront “crocodiles drinking lemonade” (Specialized person, Pedro Oom) – the artists included all the poems, which, according to Nuno, “seem to travel to us, which naturally fit into each other.” This is how a scenario emerged in which freedom and love are the main actors, but which, as Nuno Miguel Guedes assures, has no fixed interpretation: “We want to put people in a territory of freedom, where everyone can travel in their own way. through work.

Each reader-listener (or listener-reader, such is the dichotomy between writing and music) can combine their journey in two: between the black and white pages of the book and the surreal melodies that make up the work. To do this, simply read the QR codes included in the book and get access to over an hour of recitations filled with pops, noises and silence, interspersed with the band’s usual pop style. “We don’t want music to be an additional factor. This work only makes sense because the melodies and verses harmonize with each other,” concludes Nuno Miguel Guedes.

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The Lisbon Poetry Orchestra continues to tour the country with the usual themed shows, now mostly dedicated to the new record book. This Saturday, the 17th, it is in Castelo de São Jorge that he will present a new book of records to a city that hailed the brilliant absurdity of the Portuguese Surrealists nearly 80 years ago.

As for the music tracks they write and the stanzas they write, the members of the band don’t say much, but they guarantee us one thing: they will continue to tell stories through ever more amazing verses. In general, this is the spirit of an orchestra of poets.

Lisbon Poetry Orchestra: Surrealists > Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon > Sep 17, Sat 21:30 > Free of charge > Pick up tickets at the Castelo de São Jorge box office on the same day from 15:00 (limit 2 per person)

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September, Holiday Month for the Deaf – Portuguese (Brazil)



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September is a very important and visible month for deaf people, with three dates that raise awareness and celebrate achievements that are part of the entire community’s trajectory and struggle. These are: – International Sign Language Day, September 23; – Day of the Deaf, 26 September; and Libra National Interpreter and Translator Day on September 30th. With a focus on the deaf community, the Department of Education is promoting several initiatives in this area.

The first is aimed at changing the scenario of educational and language policy based only on the inclusive perspective of including a deaf student in the school environment without guaranteeing procedures that enhance accessibility in his education. The National Guidelines for Bilingual Education for the Deaf integrate all stages of basic education and are based on the promotion of bilingual curricula and pedagogical practices for the deaf: Brazilian Sign Language (Libras) and written Portuguese.

Through the Department of Special Education, the MEC coordinates with interested municipalities the construction, renovation or expansion of bilingual schools for the deaf. To date, 11 locations in Brazil have shown interest in the project. To complement this phase, the Libras National Textbook Program (PNLD) provides accessible formats to deaf students and public school teachers of basic education in the country.

In the academic world, in partnership with universities, advanced training courses are offered for teachers, managers and professionals who want to work with bilingual education for the deaf. Thanks to the projects of various institutions, there are currently 3,520 vacancies for teaching the deaf.

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On the Internet, Canal Libras is a space for communication and content distribution with a focus on the national educational network, from early childhood education to higher education.


Another important date: The National Institute for Education for the Deaf (Ines) turns 165 on the same Libra and the Deaf Day, September 26th. Within the structure of the Ministry of Education, the Institute stands out as a national reference in the field of deafness, necessary to support the formulation of public policies, and then for their implementation in the field. The Institute works to promote education for deaf children, youth and adults.

With information from Ministry of Education.

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Mother of autistic boy attacked by CR7 criticizes Portuguese again



Mother of autistic boy attacked by CR7 criticizes Portuguese again

The case of Cristiano Ronaldo’s aggression against an autistic fan continues to be heard in England. Sarah Kelly, mother of Jake Harding, has asked the English Football Federation to punish the Portuguese star.

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Sarah’s complaint comes after the league filed a complaint against a Manchester United player for aggression against Jake in the Manchester team’s match against Everton on April 9 last season in the Premier League. After an unsuccessful result, the Portuguese dropped a fan’s mobile phone on the way to the locker room.

According to Sarah, she and her son once again became victims of offenses in social networks after the announcement of the complaint against the attacker.

“People are following me, saying that I am rebelling again, but I didn’t know anything about it. The case should have been heard six months ago. My son talks every day about what happened to him. He still hasn’t returned his phone,” he said.

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Jake’s mother still asks how the player manages to sleep at night after what happened. “Let’s hope he finally gets the right punishment. He can’t keep getting away with it. Your behavior is unacceptable…” Sarah concluded.

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Marseille in California. ″Where the Portuguese is, there is Portugal″



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“You are the future,” President Marcelo Rebelo de Souza told a three-year-old girl dressed in traditional Portuguese clothing who came out to greet him on the podium where he spoke at Artesia Portuguese Salon. The city, located on the outskirts of Los Angeles, has not hosted the President of the Portuguese Republic since 1989. This weekend, he did it with pomp and the setting of an ornate Portuguese-American community bursting with pride.

“We have never lost the honor and responsibility of being representatives of this beautiful flag,” said Jimmy Enes, a member of Artesia DES, a Portuguese descendant, in a welcoming speech delivered in perfect Portuguese. “When we are asked who we are, we always answer”i am portuguese“and not”Portuguese-American“or ‘Portuguese American’,” he said. “That’s why we’re trying step by step to protect our heritage on the outskirts of Los Angeles, one of the greatest cities in the world.”

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