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The dream of a Portuguese duke realized by a French millionaire



The dream of a Portuguese duke realized by a French millionaire

Maria and Sergei roam the halls of the Palacio do Grilo. Evening light makes Mary’s blond hair even lighter. Outside, in the garden, the wind shakes the vegetation. There is music: French, instrumental, violins. The couple is addicted. There are over 200 rooms to visit. Slowly they wander through the doors of the unfinished palace and watch every detail.

There are more people in different rooms of the palace. Some are walking, some are jumping, some are screaming, some are lying languidly on the floor. Everything seems to be in another dimension, in another time. But no. They are in Lisbon. AT Cricket Palacein Beato, which opened to the public in June this year.

The Grilo Palace was conceived by the 1st Duke of Lafoens D. Pedro Henrique de Braganza in the 18th century. The duke, an illegitimate descendant of D. Pedro II, envisioned “a place that is also not a place and that can let the soul take the flight that suits it best”. Words in quotation marks will be written in notebook abandoned by the duke and discovered three centuries later Julien Labroussewho left Paris for Lisbon and bought the palace in 2020.

Now the dream of the 1st Duke of Lafoins has come true. He arranged the words he had left, set to work and prepared the palace for the reception of visitors, following and adapting the wishes of the duke, set out in the “inspirational” notebook.

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On each page you can find a description of each of the divisions. “I want all spaces in Grilo, both in terms of decoration and function, to be created for us so that we can languish and dream better than anywhere else in the world,” wrote D. Pedro de Braganza.

Three centuries later, the project was completed, as evidenced by the ethereal atmosphere of this late afternoon at the Palacio do Grilo. Virtually untouched since it was built, the whole atmosphere created by the furniture, the ambient music, the actors who improvise (but inspired by the words of the Duke) takes us to another dimension, to dreams, to a live film, which, if you will.

The goal is precisely that “people can wander, discover and live a little in the realm of the fantastic and the extravagant,” explains Julien Labrousse, “while the actors and dancers are performing” in the various divisions. Tables and chairs are also scattered throughout the departments, which you can watch. restaurant menu and drinks from the bar. There are also divisions of the Palacio do Grilo that will function as creative residences or can be rented for private events.

The Palácio do Grilo’s restaurant is open all day for lunch, dinner and snacks in a unique atmosphere. Photo: Ines Leote

It is “in the dimension of the fantastic” that Maria Kozhevnikova and Sergey Zhesterev are located, a couple at the beginning of this story. Living in Lisbon since September, the two young Russians take pictures in every room, enjoy the light of dusk and watch all that the Palacio do Grilo has to offer.

“It’s an impressive experience. It’s amazing how such a place is located in the city center,” says Maria. “I don’t know which parts of the palace have been restored, windows are broken there, there are more well-groomed rooms. It’s charming,” the girl praises, wondering what the dynamics of the space will be like in winter.

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Palacio do Grilo, T200 worth discovering in Beato

Julien and his team have prepared more than 200 rooms of the Palacio do Grilo for the reception of the public. With just a few new pieces of furniture and decor, the Labrus team wanted the furnishings to remain true to their origin and time, and so inside the palace you can find sets of wall paintings by Cirilo Volkmar Machado or 18th-century tiles. and the 19th century, which combine the themed halls of the Palacio do Grilo, such as the Academy Hall, the Venus Hall or the China Hall.

The rectangular chapel contains a panel with gilded carvings from the second half of the 18th century. This last division will not have performance“Out of respect for the family that celebrated Mass there,” explains Julien.

The estate of more than 7000 m2 belonged to the family of the Dukes of Lafoynes from 1759 until Julien Labrousse purchased it in 2020. The last duke, D. Afonso Cayetano de Braganza, died in 2021, living in the palace until it was purchased by Julien in 2020.

Julien Labrousse, the French entrepreneur responsible for the premises of Elysée Montmartre and Le Trianon in Paris, bought the Palacio do Grilo in 2020 and opened it in Lisbon in June 2022. Photo: Ines Leote

French architecture lover, producer and manager of cultural spaces such as champs montmartre this is Trianontwo Parisian concert halls, have already invested in Portugal – eco-hotel in Cabo Espichel. Now he is adding the Palacio do Grilo, which he considers “a museum of the performing arts; what you need in cities” and would like it to be “the calling card of Lisbon”.

A month after the opening, the entrepreneur sums up. “He works very well. There are always little things going on and the audience loves it. Let’s read the audience and adapt. We almost always had dinner reservations.” He also explains that weekends are when there are more visitors, and that some don’t know where they’re going and get confused. “There are those who just come for a drink, and then realize that you can open here.” Others come to explore every corner of this noble space and end up having dinner.

More than two hundred rooms to discover, a place that is not a place, this is what the visitor wants, restaurant, bar, theater, museum, time machine, Palacio do Grilo.

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Admission is free, the palace is open every day from 11 am to midnight..

* Daniela Oliveira born in Porto 22 years ago, but the desire to live in Lisbon spoke louder and a year ago he moved to the capital. Discovering Lisbon and telling its stories has always been a dream. He studies Communication Sciences at Católica and is doing an internship at Mensagem de Lisboa. This article has been edited by Katarina Pires.

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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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