After a brief visit to a shopping center in the center of Luanda, a quick lunch and a restricted meeting with Archbishop Filomeno Vieira Dias, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa met one of the most respected young Angolan plastic artists, with prestige above all in Monaco, France and Portugal: Binelde Hyrcan.
Binelde Hyrcan, in addition to paintings and other creations by him, brings together other young people linked to areas such as cinema, theater or architecture, getting involved as a team in projects for the recovery of run-down neighborhoods in Luanda.
"He has already exhibited in Serralves, he is versatile (painting, drawing, installations, opera, films, documentaries). He has original ideas, such as having walked from Lisbon to Paris. He mobilizes a group of young people to keep the culture alive ", stressed the Portuguese head of state at the end of a tour of about two hours, in which he ended up drinking a Cuca beer.
"It's a light beer, like Laurentina from Mozambique, or some from Brazil," he praised.
But Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa especially praised the idea of this group of young people, driven by Binelde Hyrcan, of urban rehabilitation of old areas of the Angolan capital, "gathering new realities".
"We are facing a cultural animator, as well as a cultural creator, who lived for a long time in Monaco. It shows a different generation recreating Angola and Luanda. That's what they are doing", stressed the head of state.
After visiting the studio and before meeting the heads of state of Guinea-Bissau and São Tomé and Príncipe, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa still found time to go to a beach on Ilha de Luanda, which was deserted due to restrictions. containment measures imposed by the authorities to combat the covid-19 pandemic.
The President of the Portuguese Republic walked at a fast pace along the long sandy beach, in a suit and tie, with part of the Portuguese official delegation, journalists, security guards and Angolan police running behind him.
He got so close to the sea that a wave came and wet his shoes. Nothing that had bothered him.
The President of the Republic promised to return on 6 January next for the wedding of the young Angolan artist. At that time, he plans to take a dip in the sea on Ilha de Luanda. For now, diving is prohibited.