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Welcome to DMLL's LusoFesta 2016!

Posted Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Você está convidado(a) para a LusoFesta 2016!

The Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics (DMLL) presents LusoFesta 2016.

A week of activities that will take place from April 11 to 15.

This event highlights the impact of the Portuguese language in different countries, and this year Cape Verde is the highlighted Lusophone (Portuguese-official) country. Bahia in Brazil and Porto in Portugal will also be in focus.

The event will also showcase the work of staff and students, and invite current and future students to enrol in DMLL courses and Bachelor of Arts degree programmes.

To read Lusofesta 2016’s programme in Portuguese, please click here. 

The week’s programme is as follows:

Monday April 11 | 6pm | Centre for Language Learning (CLL) Lecture Room

Opening of LusoFesta 2016

  • Screening of Soca in She Samba (T&T –Brazil) with Christopher Laird | 1986 Calypso Monarch, Young King and Road March Champion, David Rudder travels to Bahia, Brazil, in search of the “Bahia Gyal” — the subject of his winning road march — while also examining West African traditions shared by Brazilians, Trinidadians and most “New World” people.

Tuesday April 12 | 6pm |CLL Lecture Room

  • Screening of A Talking Picture (2003 Portugal) | By noted Portuguese director from Porto, Manoel de Oliveira the film is based on a voyage on the Mediterranean, a Portuguese professor (Leonor Silveira) shows her young daughter (Filipa de Almeida) ancient sites, while three women engage the ship's captain (John Malkovich) in debate.

Wednesday April 13 | 6pm |CLL Lecture Room

Screening of The Second Mother (2015 Brazil) | When the estranged daughter of a hard-working live-in housekeeper suddenly appears, the unspoken class barriers that exist within the home are thrown into disarray.

Thursday April 14

  • 1pm | JFK Quadrangle | Capoeira! – Come and practise this traditional Brazilian martial art!
  • 6pm | CLL Auditorium | Screening of Down to Earth (1994 Cape Verde/Portugal) |The film tells a story of Mariana, a nurse who leaves Lisbon to accompany an immigrant worker in a comatose sleep on his trip home to Cape Verde. The devoted Portuguese nurse took a journey only to find herself lost in abstract drama. There she finds that "she brought a living man among the dead." Costa made the film in a densely minimalist style. Lingering imagery of people and place, notably Mount Fogo, the highest active volcano of Cape Verde, are features in this melancholic meditation on love and loneliness.

Friday April 15 | 10am to noon | CLL Auditorium

LusoFesta Day

  • Opening | 10am | Dr. Nicole Roberts, Head of Department - Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics
  • Feature Speaker | 10.15am | Dr. David Rampersad, Director- Central Office for Regional and International Affairs (CORIA)
  •  Capoeira Demonstration | 10.30am
  •  Regional Dances from Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal | 11am
  •  Tour of Lusofonia | 11.30am |Cape Verde – CLL Room 1 | Brazil – CLL Room 2 | Portugal – CLL Room 3
  •  Language Café and a Taste of Brazil |noon | CLL Atrium

For more information, please contact Dr. Jo-Anne Ferreira, Coordinator, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies: 662 2002, ext. 82036 (c/o Varrsha Choon) or email;