The ninth edition of the most awaited Indo Portuguese event – Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) promises to be bigger and better this year. NT BUZZ reports
The culturally rich ninth edition of the Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) is all set to begin later this weekend. Like the earlier editions this year too will see a celebration of Indian and Portuguese culture including cinema, music, creative writing, cuisine and more. The event will also include a film festival, a fado singing competition, workshops on music and creative writing, and an evening of Indo Portuguese cuisine and music. The annual event is an effort to celebrate and appreciate the rich cultural flavours of the two nations.
The newly appointed Consul General of Portugal in Goa, Francisco Duarte Azevedo is the convenor of the executive committee while Audhut Caro is the chairman of the executive committee planning the event.
Audhut opines that India and Portugal are both regions steeped in rich heritage and culture: “India is a mingling of diverse cultures, all special in their own way. Goa too has its own unique identity and culture which is a blend of Indian and western nuances. Goa has assimilated the essence of both regions where people coexist in harmony and joy. Through this event we would like to share and enjoy the essence of our diverse culture.”
The Semana Da Cultura Indo-Portuguesa (Goa) will kick off with a Portuguese film festival on September 22 at Marquinez Palace, Old GMC Complex. Curated by Nalini Elvino de Souza and Delfim Correia Da Silva the festival will screen a carefully selected selection of films over the three-day festival.
Continuing with the celebrations, the Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) will host the fado singing competition on November 10 at Institute Menezes Braganza hall. The first fado singing competition which was held in 2013 saw a lot of young talent emerge and encourages the beautiful art form.
One of the key highlights of the cultural celebration is an ‘Evening of Indo Portuguese Cuisine and Music’ which includes a sumptuous selection of Goan-Portuguese cuisine, planned by celebrated chefs from Portugal. Scheduled to be held on December 1 the event will see a host of Goan musicians perform through the evening. While in Goa the chefs will interact and host a masterclass on Portuguese cuisine.
Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) was set up and established in the year 2008 as the initiative of the Portuguese Consulate in Goa and various local organisations namely Indo Portuguese Friendship Society – Goa, Clube Vasco da Gama, Clube Nacional, Clube Harmonia , Institute Camões, Fundação Oriente and BPS Club Margao, with the aim and objective of maintaining and keeping alive the unique Goan culture and Goan identity.