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The Rui Cunha Foundation will co-organize on Thursday, May 5th at 6:30pm, at the FRC Gallery venue, a Conference celebrating the World Day of the Portuguese Language, under the theme “Portuguese Letters: A Woman’s Love”, in partnership with the Macau Bookworms Association, IPOR-Instituto Português do Oriente, Orient Foundation and the Consulate General of Portugal in Macau and Hong Kong.

The “Portuguese Letters” date from 1664 and were attributed to Mariana Alcoforado, a nun from the Convent of Beja, who wrote them to De Chamilly, a French soldier who fought for Portugal in the War of Restoration.

It is a document of exacerbated romanticism, the result of an absolute passion and dedication, which deserved comments from writers such as Stendhal and Rousseau. Perhaps this is why it has become a masterpiece of universal literature and was consecrated as a testimony of profound love. Despite its classicism, it has aroused great interest in the field of arts: theatre, cinema and opera.

In order to expose this great literary work, the following speakers were invited to participate in the session: Victor Correia (Lisbon, via zoom) with the theme “As Cartas Portuguesas – To love in Portuguese and in the feminine”; Leonor Diaz de Seabra (in person at FRC) with “Mariana Alcoforado and her time”; Luciana Barboza (Brazil, via zoom) with “Portuguese letters at play – Emotion on stage”; Myriam Cyr (Canada, via zoom) with “Letters of a Portuguese Nun – Uncovering the Mystery behind a 17th Century Forbidden Love”; João Guilherme Ripper (Brazil, via zoom) with “Compositional procedures in the opera ‘Cartas Portuguesas’”; Shee Va (in person at FRC) with “Letter to a soul mate”; and Lawrence Lei (in person at FRC) with “A perfumed dream”.

The session will be held in Portuguese, with simultaneous interpretation into Cantonese.

Admission is free.

Don’t miss it!

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