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The Melania Trump statue in Slovenia was released after it was set on fire



The Melania Trump statue in Slovenia was released after it was set on fire
A statue Melania Trump was removed from near his hometown in Slovenia after being burned down by vandals.
Statue, near Sevnica, central Slovenia, was set on fire on July 5, Slovenian police were confirmed to CNN on Thursday.

Brad Downey, the artist who commissioned the work, told CNN Thursday that he received a call from the local police asking him what to do with the statue, which was made in July 2019 as part of an ongoing project that included a short documentary.

The statue was released on July 5, and Downey said he asked locals not to share photos of the charred figure so it would not be a “cruel meme.”

Downey has filed a police report but said he was only interested in finding the attackers, not pressing accusations against them.

The burning statue is now in storage. Credit: JURE MAKOVEC / AFP / Getty Images

“I want to know who did it,” he told CNN. “Someone does not like what they represent or how they look,” said Downey, who believes that the time of the attack – on the weekend of US Independence Day – means it is not a random “drunken act”.

Slovenian police told CNN in a statement that they considered the case as “property damage which is a criminal offense.”

Downey has since posted a video of the deleted statue on his Instagram account.

Downey had previously told CNN that he was inspired to create works because of what he called “anti-immigration narratives” coming out of the US and from Donald Trump in particular.

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He said it was a “contradiction” that the US President, who made immigration cessation the cornerstone of his presidency, married an immigrant whose first language was not English.

Downey commissioned a local conceptual artist named Ales Zupevc, better known as Maxi, who was born in the same hospital and the same year as the first lady, to carve a statue from a tree using a chainsaw.

Although media reports say the statue has shared public opinion, local residents like the project and have taken care of the statue and the surrounding area, Downey said.

“They only support,” he said. “They are very proud of this.”

Melania Trump gets a tree statue in Slovenia

Downey told CNN he was working on an artistic response to the attack, as well as a video about the media’s response to the statue.

“I might try to do something at that location,” he said, adding that the original “very burning” statue was now kept.

Downey also released a book – “Slapstick Formalism” – last month and is preparing for a new exhibition in Slovenia in September.

Sevnica is a city of 5,000 that has benefited from its most famous daughter, places herself strongly on the tourist track and sells various Melania-themed products including honey, chocolate and cakes.

This article has been updated to correct the date the statue was damaged.

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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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