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Angolan artists celebrate 48 years of independence in Lisbon

The "Independence 4.8" event will celebrate, from Saturday, at Fábrica do Braço de Prata in Lisbon, 48 years of Angolan independence with art and culture, the organization announced.

: Joost De Raeymaeker
Joost De Raeymaeker  

This celebration, according to the press release sent to the Lusa agency, is co-organized by Colectivo Leve Leve and the Núcleo de Artistas na Diáspora.

The objective is to "bring together, in the same space, art and culture made by Angolans living in Portugal, or who have ongoing work in this country, related to the anniversary" the "Day of Dipanda" (Independence), on the 11th of November 1975, according to the statement.

According to the organization, several activities are planned for four days - 11, 16, 23 and 30 November - such as debates, presentations of literary works, screenings of national films, performances, poetry and live music.

On Saturday, at the end of the afternoon, an exhibition will open with the participation of artists Lino Damião, Armanda Alves, Pemba, Thó Simões, Don Ruelas, Zizi Ferreira, Francisco Babu and Indira Mateta.

On the same day at night there will be an Angolan dinner accompanied by a concert by Banda Kioche, which invited artists André Cabaço, Giel and João Moura.

On the remaining Thursdays of the month, in the evening, Dipanda will continue to be celebrated.

On November 16th, the short film "Uma Festa para Viver" will be shown, which "depicts the days leading up to the proclamation of Independence". Afterwards, there will be a conversation whose theme is "Constructions of the History of Angola in the 20th and 21st centuries", with Alberto Oliveira Pinto, professor of the Master of African Studies at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto (FLUP) and the Master of Studies Development Studies at ISEG/ULisboa.

On November 23rd, the short film "The Persistent Fragility of Memory", produced by "Geração 80", in 2015, and the film "Angola nos Trilhos da Independência", "which brings back memories of the fight against colonialism", will be shown. according to the organization.

On that date, journalist and writer Israel Campos, musician Kizua Gourgel and DJ Indira Mateta will also be present.

Finally, on the 30th, the founder and coordinator of the project, with a digital platform, "História Social de Angola", Marinela Cerqueira, will present the book "A Juventude Angolana no Período Post-Colonial". Later, the film "Canta Angola", by Ariel Bigault, will be shown, "focused on the resistance of popular music artists in times of conflict and social dramas".

The celebrations end with a "Roda do Semba" with several guest musicians.

At midnight on November 11, 1975, in Luanda, Agostinho Neto, from the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) proclaimed the Independence of Angola.

In what would come to be known precisely as Independence Square, in Luanda, the leader of the MPLA announced: "In the name of the Angolan People, the Central Committee of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, solemnly proclaims before Africa and the World the Independence of Angola."​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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