Festive celebrations to mark ‘Decennary’ of Semana da Cultura Indo –Portuguesa

Semana da Cultura Indo –Portuguesa (Goa) will complete a decade with the tenth edition of the event that will begin on Saturday, September 29. To mark the celebrations of the 10th edition the executive committee has lined up a celebration of Indian and Portuguese culture that ranges from cinema, and music to cuisine, art and more.

The inaugural event will be held at Hotel Mandovi with a discussion on ‘Portuguese influence on Goan culture’ that will be moderated by author Alexandre Barbosa. Minister of IT, Rohan Khaunte will be the chief guest and the panelist for the discussion will include historians Prajal Sakhardande and Maria Lourdes Bravo de Costa Rodrigues. There will also be a Harvest Night celebration at Clube Nacional after the discussion.

While briefing the media about the event, chairman of the executive committee, Fransisco Martins said: “India and Portugal are both regions steeped in rich heritage and culture and through this event, we would like to share and enjoy the essence of our diverse culture. Goa too has its own unique identity and culture with a blend of Indian and western cultures.”

Having partnered with Fundacao Oriente and Instituto Camoes a Fado concert by Portuguese fadista ‘Ana Pinhal’ and group will be held on October 31, besides the annual ‘Vem Cantar’. The other events include ‘Evenings of Indo Portuguese Cuisine and Music’ to be held on November 29 and November 30 at Taliegao Community Centre, a Fado singing competition on December 5 and a photography exhibition by Pantaleao Fernandes on his newly launched coffee table book- Rare Portraits, from December 5 to December 7, both at Institute Menezes Braganza.

This will be followed by the Portuguese film festival that will be held from December 8 to December 10 at Maquinez Palace which will be curated by Nalini de Souza and Delfim Correia Da Silva.