Dy CM to lead state delegation to Portugal

Besides the government delegation, a strong 150-member team including performers, entertainers, artistes, chefs, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, industrialists and journalists from Goa will also visit Lisbon to attend the cultural fiesta.

PANAJI: The Deputy Chief Minister (Dy CM), Mr Francis D’Souza, will lead an official government delegation to Portugal, for participation in the Semana da Cultura Indo-Portuguesa (Indo-Portuguese Cultural Week), a week-long spectacular extravaganza that will present  glimpses of Goan culture before the Portuguese people.
The delegation leaves Goa for Lisbon on October 9.
The Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Goa, Dr Wilfred Mesquita, the managing director of Goa Tourism Development Corporation, Mr Nilesh Cabral and Calangute MLA, Mr Michael Lobo besides others form part of this delegation.
The chairman of the executive committee of the Semana da Cultura Indo-Portuguesa, Mr Anil Counto informed that besides the government delegation, a strong 150-member team including performers, entertainers, artistes, chefs, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, industrialists and journalists from Goa will also visit Lisbon to attend the cultural fiesta.
“This is the fourth edition of the cultural week, organised annually, and the first one to be held in Portugal,” he informed, stating that this year, the cultural week would also witness in-depth deliberations between entrepreneurs/ industrialists from Goa and Portugal as well as those settled in Portuguese-speaking countries like Brazil, Angola, Mozambique and so on, to study the prospects of trade and commerce related exchange and investment.
Mr Counto also informed that besides the state government, the Ministry of External Affairs of the central government has also supported Semana da Cultura Indo-Portuguesa, wholeheartedly.
The Semana da Cultura Indo-Portuguesa will be inaugurated on October 11 by the Indian Ambassador to Portugal, Mr B B Tyagi, in the presence of the Consul General of Portugal in Goa, Dr António Sabido Costa, who is also the convenor of the executive committee. A number of events including exhibition of photographs portraying the society, culture and traditions of Goa, musical presentations including fusion of Western and Indian music, folk dance-music performance by a local troupe, screening of Konkani films such as ‘Poltodacho Munis’, ‘Jagor’ and ‘O Maria’ in the presence of their directors, and lavish spread of Goan culinary delights are some of the highlights of the week-long festival.
The events will take place in venues like Centro de Investigação da Fundação Champalimaud, Cinemateca Portuguesa-Museu do Cinema, Museu do Oriente e o Fórum Lisboa, Praça Martim Moniz, Casa de Goa and so on.
The extravaganza will also include an evening hosted by the Indian Ambassador to Portugal and yet another evening at Casa de Goa, in the presence of the community of Goans in Portugal, for the participants.