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Luxembourg. It’s hard not to find a Portuguese



Luxembourg.  It's hard not to find a Portuguese

The last song to represent Luxembourg at Eurovision was “Donne-moi une chance” (1993). Perhaps this is a request from everyone who is used to seeing the good ratings of this small country, which has five victories (1961, 1965, 1972, 1973 and 1983), although none of the victors were from Luxembourg. Only eight of the 38 compositions were performed by local artists, and three were performed in Luxembourgish. These facts already reflected a feature of the population of those years, and it will become even more pronounced. Currently, just over half of the inhabitants are indigenous to the country. It is home to people from over 150 different nationalities, although its population does not exceed 550,000 inhabitants, 20% of whom have Portuguese citizenship. Ten years after the last Eurovision victory, RTL Télé Lëtzebuerg withdrew, citing lack of financial conditions. Luxembourg is one of the seven countries that created the Eurovision Song Contest, along with Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland. However, it is the country in the world with the highest gross domestic product “per capita” and the highest minimum wage in Europe, which leaves the question up in the air whether they really couldn’t return to the Eurovision Song Contest, denying the argument of rejection from – lack of financial conditions. Between visiting Bock, where I appreciated centuries of history, and entering part of the capital’s underground tunnels, I spoke to a group of local festival fans I had previously contacted about music in Luxembourg and the end of being on the biggest TV music show in the world. We met at the Golden Bean-The Coffee Experience on Rue Chimay and sat at tables at the end of the room, arranged in an L shape in one of the corners. As far as I understand, petitions have already been made to bring Luxembourg back to the festival. One of them was in accordance with the law of the country, that is, an individual or a group of individuals can actually apply to the Chamber of Deputies in order to provoke a decision in favor of the collective interest they protect. The deputies also became interested in this issue. However, the Luxembourgish TV channel has announced its unavailability until the entry criteria are changed, as it seems that if it wins, it will not be possible to host the next event in Luxembourg. With that argument, it’s a country that won’t win anytime soon because it doesn’t want to participate, but it has made history in the contest thanks to its victories. One of them was half a century ago, in 1973, Anne-Marie David with “Tu te reconnaitras”, which I recently heard live when the singer was traveling in Portugal. Can we really believe that the Grand Duchy does not have the funds to pay 150,000 euros and enter the competition? We admit that from the point of view of the “brand of the nation”, this festival could again become a blessing for Luxembourg: “We cannot claim influence on the European scene and refuse to participate in the only festive event that truly unites the popular public of our European continent,” emphasized my companions while we were tasting cakes and cappuccinos. Shall I say: “Isn’t it better to fulfill the motto of this country?” – “Mir wëlle bleiwe, war mir sin”, which means “We want to continue to be who we are”, that is, it refers to the fact that the Luxembourgers want to continue to enjoy their independence gained after centuries of struggle, and perhaps also not participate in Eurovision. Between “Moyen!” (Hello!) and “Äddi” (Goodbye) which I learned from them in their own language, I felt, however, that we had spent the day talking about a non-subject. It’s just that there were no Portuguese there, which is extremely unlikely for Luxembourg, with whom the conversation always seems very short.

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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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