Portuguese Culture Days at Village Museum


The Portuguese embassy in Bucharest and the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum will organize on June 11-16, from 10 AM to 7 PM, the “Portuguese Culture Days,” with the support of the Camoes Cooperation and Portuguese Language Institute, the Portuguese Foreign Ministry and the University of Bucharest’s Foreign Language Faculty’s Ibero-Romanic Studies Department.
The activities included in the program at the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Village Museum (Kiseleff 28-30, District 1, Bucharest) seek to present Portuguese culture and traditions through music and dancing, conferences, documentary films and Portuguese language and literature workshops. Activities dedicated to the young will be included too, consisting of creative workshops for children: azulejo painting, Portuguese language and stories workshops, Portuguese dolls and puppets workshop, engraving workshop. Activities presenting Portuguese literature, artisanship, gastronomy and tourism are also scheduled. On Tuesday, starting at 6 PM, Maria Raducanu will play fado music. On Saturday, starting at 6 PM, and on Sunday, starting at 5.30 PM, Sebastiao Antunes and Quadrilha will give shows of Portuguese music.
Every day you can visit the stands with books, CDs and tourism offers, as well as the Portuguese food stands. Conferences followed by films and documentaries are scheduled every afternoon. In the morning you can take part in creative workshops for children or you can visit open exhibits.
On Saturday afternoon there will be a competition with prizes and on Sunday a Portuguese restaurant and café will be opened.
Secretary of state within the Culture Ministry Radu Boroianu stated on Monday during a press conference dedicated to the event that he will give Romanians the possibility of getting to know the Portuguese culture and soul, while the general director of the “Dimitrie Gusti” National Museum pointed out that the event is part of the “Dialogue of civilizations” program. Ricardo Piracana, charge d’affaires of the Portuguese Embassy in Romania, stated that organizing the Portuguese Culture Days at the Village Museum “a moment two cultures – Romanian and Portuguese – meet,” proves the interest that Romanian authorities have for getting to know his country. Daniel Silva Perdigao, a Portuguese language lecturer at the University of Bucharest and the representative of the Camoes Institute in our country, eulogized the activity of “Romanian Portugalphiles,” “those researchers who dedicated themselves to the knowledge of Portuguese culture and civilization in Romania,” mentioning writer and diplomat Virgil Mihaiu, a jazz promoter, and translators Micaela Ghitescu and Georgiana Barbulescu.

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