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22 November 2014, the proceeds of which will go to institutions supporting the homeless and people in need. The Embassy would like to thank the partners who helped to make its participation in the Bazaar once again a success, namely Joaquim and Rosário Alfaiate with their popular graphite statuettes and stone necklaces, the GB Store in Cascais for providing a selection of South African treats, including biltong (www.gbstore.org) and to Bill Godley of Prime Wines, who came from the Algarve with a fine selection of South African wines (www.primewine.eu.com). And again thank you to all of the members of the Associação do Bazar do Corpo Diplomático who always do a great job in organizing the Bazaar. Your hard work and dedication are always appreciated!
The South African Embassy in Portugal participated in the Art & Tur Tourism Film Festival which took place in the city of Porto on 24 and 25 October 2014. For the 2014 event, 166 films from 37 countries were submitted for judging.
The Embassy submitted thirteen (13) SA Tourism films (TV commercials) to competition. Huenu, Event Organizer in Cape Town film was shortlisted in the Promotional Films Category, included in the Art&Tur 2014 Official Selection and eventually won the Porto City award.
At the Festival, the Embassy also made a presentation on South Africa as a tourism destination of choice and on the Portuguese landmarks in the country; at the end of the presentation there was a cocktail where typical South African culinary delicacies were served.
Left to right: C Rodrigues, Tourism Section; R Stroebel, First Secretary; A Schneider, Honorary Consul
The debut of the adaptation to theatre of Breyten Breytenbach’s book, The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist, filled up the Teatro do Bairro on 2 September 2014. South African author Breyten Breytenbach was himself in the audience as the seven actors from the Teatro Griot performed in this first-ever adaptation of the book, staged by veteran theatre director, Rogério de Carvalho. Included within the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Próximo Futuro programme, it was an honour for the Embassy to associate itself with this world debut, within the scope of the commemorations of South Africa’s 20 Years of Democracy. Congratulations to the Teatro Griot for a fine performance!
The Embassy inaugurated a painting exhibition by Luso-South African painter, Zitta, on 22 May 2014 as part of Africa Day (25 May). Zitta’s inspiration came from South Africa’s rich earthy tones and the diversity of its people.
The exhibition will be on display at the Chancery until 6 June 2014 and will be open to the public from Monday to Friday between 2:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon. The paintings are for sale and Zitta can be contacted at 917781656 (the painting of Nelson Mandela has been sold).