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Portuguese shoe industry invites 14 companies to Milan show to ‘consolidate business’ – Observer



Portuguese shoe industry invites 14 companies to Milan show to 'consolidate business' - Observer

Forty-one Portuguese footwear companies are participating from Sunday to Tuesday at the industry’s premier international fair in Milan, Italy, determined to “consolidate business” after record exports hit in the first half of this year.

The delegation that will travel to MICAM will be joined by a group of more than 35 Portuguese companies – 13 shoe factories and 22 tanneries, one of the “largest Portuguese delegations ever” – with a prominent presence at Lineapelle, the most important international exhibition. dedicated to leather, accessories and shoe components, the 100th edition of which takes place from Tuesday to Thursday, also in Milan.

“MICAM is the main exhibition of the industry and is very relevant for national companies, as it gathers the largest players industry at a global level,” emphasizes the president of the Portuguese Association of Manufacturers of Shoes, Accessories, Leather Products and Substitutes (APICCAPS), which organizes Portugal’s participation in the events quoted in the statement.

According to Luis Onofre, the presence of the Portuguese at the fair “is of paramount importance for business consolidation at a time when the Portuguese industry is showing signs of vitality in international markets” and when he is convinced that 2022 will be “a year of strong confirmation”. Portuguese footwear in foreign markets”.


In the first half of this year, Portugal exported 40 million pairs of shoes worth 957 million euros.which represents an increase of 22% and 27.5% respectively in quantity and value compared to the same period in 2021 and stands out as “the best result ever”.

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Compared to 2019, before the pandemic, Portuguese footwear exports grew by 12.2%.

This is the best result in the history of Portuguese footwear in foreign markets.even surpassing the all-time high of 2017,” notes APICCAPS.

According to the association, Portuguese shoes are “growing in almost all of the most important markets.”

“In Europe, growth reached 26.2%, with a focus on growth in Germany (up 17% to 218 million euros), France (up 31% to 185 million euros) and the Netherlands (up 31.2% to 146 million euros). Similarly, the good performance in the United Kingdom continues with a 34% increase to 55 million euros,” he explains.

However, the “biggest event” is the growth of Portuguese footwear in non-Community markets, namely the US, where the year-on-year growth was 66% up to June, to 55 million euros.

Also worth mentioning are increases in sales to Canada (up 32% to €13 million) and Japan (up 45% to €5 million), which according to APICCAPS means “excellent performance.”

“The data for the first half of 2022 confirms that the Portuguese footwear has done its job during the pandemic and is therefore gaining momentum compared to its closest competitors,” says Luis Onofre.

However, the association’s leader warns to be on the lookout for external signals, arguing that “the pandemic, the war in Ukraine and inflation are more than enough reasons to do business cautiously.”

The national delegation present at MICAM will host on Sunday, the first day of the fair, the visit of the Minister of Economy and the Sea, António Costa e Silva, and the Secretary of State for Economics, João Neves.

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Aiming to present the “great trends” of the spring-summer 2023 season, among the main novelties of this 94th edition of MICAM is the “extensive program” of lectures organized by the international consulting company WGSN in the MICAM X zone, “a stage for the most innovative high-tech proposals and will serve as a meeting place companies and speakers from all over the world.

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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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