“These are the times that we are living in, they are not what many people think is the new normality and that is essentially a new reality”, highlighted Pedro Pessoa and Costa, stressing that the Center “cannot and should not be closed” and had to adapt.
“We must have the courage to fight the fear that is setting in”, highlighted the diplomat, pointing out the new way of organizing the center that will have visits with previous appointments, “respecting the rules of social distance”, and a greater bet on exploration audiovisual content through social networks.
"We have to do more for the creative and cultural industries", he also stressed, adding that the new team of the Cultural Center will continue to work to promote these industries, Portuguese and Angolan.
"Culture is also a factor of integration, cohesion and inclusion", he stressed.
For Pedro Pessoa and Costa, "the cultural domain is extremely important in bringing peoples together", so, given the relationship between Portugal and Angola, the space should be used to publicize the work of Angolans as well as Portuguese.
“And it is in this 'wedding' that we fulfill our function as a Portuguese cultural center in Luanda”, stressed the diplomat, emphasizing that culture is not limited to literature and visual arts and must be taken seriously and respected by public authorities because cultural and creative industries are also factors of development that have economic returns.
Newly arrived in Angola, Pedro Pessoa and Costa confessed to being fond of “Made in Angola”, in the industries, in the agrifood but also in the arts.
"It is always good to support the dissemination of a work that is good here in Angola as in the whole African continent or in the world", he stressed, defending the joint work for the "internationalization" of artists, whether they are renowned or young talents "who still need more support in these pandemic times and should always be cherished ”.
The exhibition “Síntese - Um artist, Múltiplas Linguagens” will be open to the public until September and displays 40 works in acrylic on canvas by Álvaro Macieira.
The journalist, writer, visual artist and cultural consultant was born on May 13, 1958, in the village of Sanza - Pombo in the province of Uíge
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