The New Bedford Whaling Museum’s 2014 Portuguese Event Series kicks-off tomorrow night with Fado from Portugal

Diverse cultural programming includes live music, films, a soccer legend, and more!

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — The New Bedford Whaling Museum is excited to announce its 2014 Portuguese Event Series featuring live music, film, a soccer legend and more!  The event series highlights culture and history from the Azores, Madeira and mainland Portugal.

“This particular series of Portuguese-themed programs is an example of the exciting outcomes that stem from great collaborations with partners,” said James Russell, President of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. “This series is intentionally timed to coincide with the upcoming celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Madeira Feast, a very special time in New Bedford. This series is designed to make people look at the Museum differently, as a place that is lively, engaging, interesting and fun. We expect that these events will attract visitors to the Museum and we hope that this this type of programming will become more of the norm than the exception.”

The 2014 Portuguese Event Series kicks-off tomorrow night, Friday, July 18, at 7 p.m. with Fado from Portugal: Rodrigo Costa Felix live in New Bedford. Following a recent string of highly successful shows in the United States, Rodrigo Costa Felix returns to perform an intimate evening of fado at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. In addition to touring the United States, he has appeared throughout Europe in support of his award-wining CD “Fados de Amor” and the single “Amigo Aprendiz”, voted by The Atlantic Monthly magazine as one of the 12 best ballads of 2012.

Costa Felix will be joined on stage by local fado singer, Tania DaSilva; Marta Pereira da Costa, a virtuoso of the Portuguese guitar; local bass player, Pedro Pimentel; and Pedro Pinhal, a veteran player of the classical guitar who has accompanied many of fado’s greatest artists.

This event is in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased at the door the night of the event.

The second event in the series takes place on Friday, July 25, and features an evening with international soccer legend, Antonio Simoes. The event will begin with a 6 p.m. reception featuring a meet-and-greet with Simoes, followed by a 7 p.m. keynote address by the soccer legend.

Simoes is a former player for Sport Lisboa e Benfica, ranked top 5 UEFA team and the biggest soccer club in the world, where he was part of the squads that won ten national championships and was the youngest player ever to conquer the European Cup in 1962. He later moved to the United States where he first played for the Boston Minutemen and finished his career at age 39 with the Kansas City Comets. Simoes played more than 700 games with Eusebio, one of the top world soccer players to ever play the game.

An evening with international soccer legend, Antonio Simoes, is in collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. It is a FREE event. Light refreshments will be served.

On Tuesday, July 29, the New Bedford Whaling Museum welcomes the Madeira Film Festival: On the Road in New Bedford. The evening begins with a 6 p.m. reception sponsored, in part by, Madeira Wine, the official drink of the Madeira Film Festival. Following the reception, the Madeira Film Festival will present 10 short, Portuguese films from the Azores, Madeira and mainland Portugal. All films will either be shown in English or have English subtitles.

The following is the screening schedule for the evening. More information about each film can be found at www.whalingmuseum.org/programs/madeira-film-festival.

 

Part One

7:30 p.m. “Postcards from Lisbon” a film by Pedro Resende

7:34 p.m. “The Tree of Pan” a film by Aitken Pearson

7:48 p.m. “A Ria, A Água e o Homem” a film by Manuel Matos Barbosa

7:53 p.m. “Ser Ilhéu” a film by Francisco Rosas

8:13 p.m. “pt.es” a film by Pedro Sena Lino

 

Part Two

9:00 p.m. “De Mim” a film by Carlos Melim

9:06 p.m. “Adormecido” a film by Paulo Abreu

9:18 p.m. “Quatro horas descalço” a film by Ico Costa

9:33 p.m. “Imaculado’ a film by Gonçalo Waddington!

9:50 p.m. “Plutão” a film by Jorge Jácome

 

The Madeira Film Festival: On the Road in New Bedford is a collaboration with PALCUS. It is a FREE event. Light refreshments will be served.

The final event in the series takes place on Friday, August 1, with a presentation on Tourism in Madeira presented by Conceicao Estudante, Regional Secretary of Culture, Tourism and Transports to Madeira. This event begins with a 6 p.m. reception followed by a 7 p.m. presentation.   

The presentation will include an introduction of the island of Madeira and its rich history. The Regional Secretary will speak about the tourism sector, steps Madeira has taken to promote the island and 2013 tourism data. She will then present Madeira as a tourist destination with highlights of the island’s unique and differentiating features.

This presentation is in partnership with the Consul of Portugal in New Bedford. It is a FREE event. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the 2014 Portuguese Event Series, visit www.whalingmuseum.org/programs/2014-portuguese-event-series or call 508-997-0046 ext. 100.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Stephanie Poyant Moran
Senior Director of Marketing & Public Relations
New Bedford Whaling Museum
Office: 508-997-0046 x139
Cell: 508-965-9861
spoyantmoran@whalingmuseum.org
www.whalingmuseum.org/press-room

 


About the New Bedford Whaling Museum

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is the world's most comprehensive museum devoted to the global story of whales, whaling and the cultural history of the region. The cornerstone of New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, the Museum is located at 18 Johnny Cake Hill in the heart of the city's historic downtown. Summer hours through October: Daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.whalingmuseum.org.