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Rui Veloso
26 June, 2017 /

The father of Portuguese rock

A career of 35 years, 25 albums released, more than one million CDs sold. They call him the father of Portuguese rock because it was his first album which was released in 1980, that national rock was born and developed, conquering   the great public.

Rui Veloso was born in Lisbon in 1957, but when he was three months old his family moved to Porto and at the early age of 6 he started playing the harmonica. The blues were his first passion and Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan and B.B. King   greatly influenced him. As a teenager, he formed a band and began composing music. In 1976 he met Carlos Tê, the author of the lyrics of most of his songs. He had made some homemade recordings of unpublished songs and one day, without his knowledge, his mother sent the tapes to a Portuguese record label that challenged him to sing in Portuguese. In the 1980s “Ar de Rock” is released, an album with awesome tracks achieving great success from the public and critics.

This would be just the beginning of a successful career. Over the last few decades, Rui Veloso has gained a prominent place in the Portuguese music and international recognition that allowed him to play alongside the legendary BB King in 1990. That same year he performed before 12,000 people in the Pavilhão do Dramático, in Cascais, a feat never achieved before by any Portuguese artist.

The following year he performed in the first part of the concert of Paul Simon, before more than 50 thousand people.

In addition to having already performed in many concerts abroad and having released albums in other countries, Rui Veloso has participated in several projects with other Portuguese musicians.

Suggestions by Katty Xiomara
23 April, 2017 / , ,

 

She is one of the most internationally known names in Portuguese fashion. Although born in Venezuela, her career development has been in Porto and it is from here that she designs creations that tread on the catwalks of the whole world.

Katty Xiomara was born in Caracas, Venezuela, having arrived in Porto at the age of 18. It was at this point that she decided to start studying fashion. All the same, it was as a student that she won, at the age of 22, the first prize of Porto de Moda. In 1996 she participated in Portugal Fashion for the first time and since then has been regularly present at this event, also presenting collections at Portugal Fashion Paris.

Since 2005 she has participated in international fairs such as Bread & Butter, Berlin and Barcelona, ​​and Project in Las Vegas among others. Her international career was consolidated in 2013, when she began to attend the New York Fashion Week. In 2014 she received the Silver Winner, awarded by IDA “International Design Awards”, a prize that she won again in 2015.

In 2007 she set up her studio in an old townhouse on Rua da Boavista, although it is possible to find her collections in the United States and Japan. Her creations are elegant and timeless but at the same time joyful and romantic, destined for confident women who prefer a unique individual style.

Katty Xiomara’s career also includes collaborations with several international brands, ranging from sportswear to creation of uniforms. A designer who is also a teacher at the same fashion school where she graduated, Modatex.

Atelier

Rua da Boavista, 795

Phone: +351 220 133 784

 

Suggestions:

  • Bar – I know it’s not really a bar, but I really like the mojito, blackberryfizz and berrygood at Honorato (Baixa)
  • Restaurant – Traditional and unpretentious: Antunes. In another register, I would emphasize the Flow or the Reitoria.
  • Stroll – Palácio de Cristal, the waterfront between Foz and Ribeira
  • Romantic place – The old manor house of Porto wine, in the romantic gardens of the Palácio de Cristal
  • A secret of the city: It is not really a secret, but I really like Passeio das Virtudes, the Portuguese Photography Centre and Soares dos Reis Museum

 

Fernando Távora – The Master of “Porto School”
3 March, 2017 /

He was one of the most renowned names in Portuguese architecture and the “father” of the so-called “Porto School”.

Born on August 25, 1923, in Porto, Fernando Távora was from a conservative family, descendant of the noble lineage of the Távoras. His first years of life were spent on family estates in Minho, in Bairrada and on the beaches of Foz do Douro. From an early age he showed a great aptitude for drawing and an avid interest in old houses. Contrary to the wishes of the family, who wanted him to study Civil Engineering, he enrolled at the Porto School of Fine Arts in 1941 to study Architecture.

He was a professor at institutions such as the School of Fine Arts of Porto (ESBAP), the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) – which he helped establish – and at the University of Coimbra. Founder of the so-called “Escola do Porto”, he was one of the great influences of other great names of national architecture such as Siza Vieira.

In addition to several works that he designed, and which reflect creativity, functionality, but also social responsibility, he equally contributed in the area of ​​heritage conservation and restoration.

Fernando Távora died on September 3, 2005.

Some of the most emblematic works:

  • Municipal Market of Santa Maria da Feira
  • Tennis pavilion and outdoor arrangements at Quinta da Conceição, Matosinhos
  • Restoration and adaptation of the Convent of Santa Marinha and Pousada, Guimarães
  • General plan of the Urbanization of Guimarães
  • Remodeling and expansion of the National Museum of Soares dos Reis, Porto
  • Restoration and adaptation of the Palácio do Freixo and Pousada, Porto
  • Casa dos 24, Porto (Historic Town Hall)
Eugénio de Andrade
2 March, 2017 /

Eugénio de Andrade, one of the most translated Portuguese poets, kept a strong connection to Porto for much of his life.

Although he was born in Fundão, Eugénio de Andrade (whose real name was José Fontinhas), lived in Porto for more than 50 years, until his death on June 13, 2005. He arrived in Oporto in the 50’s. At that time and although he already had written works, his position was an administrative inspector of the Ministry of Health and it was for this reason, following a transfer that he came to live in the city. Later he would receive the title of honorary citizen.

Author of several works that earned him national awards and international distinctions, he was also a translator of works by authors such as Federico García Lorca and Jorge Luís Borges. Among the several poetic anthologies of which he was the author, the one dedicated to Porto (Daqui Houve Nome Portugal, 1968) stands out. Although he cultivated strong relations of friendship with other writers and artists, he was discreet. He did not like to give interviews or attend social and cultural events.

He lived for many years at 111 Rua Duque de Palmela, but from 1994 until his death he lived in the Casa Serrúbia, in Rua do Passeio Alegre, in Foz do Douro. This house would become the headquarters of the Eugénio de Andrade Foundation for some time. His manuscripts and other documentation are currently in the Special Collections Room of the Municipal Public Library of Porto.

Not far from here, in the Prado do Repouso Cemetery stands the tomb of Eugénio de Andrade: a white shallow marble grave, designed by his friend Siza Vieira, in which verses of his book “The Hands and the Fruits” are inscribed.

Citations:

“The wisdom of the poet is a second innocence”

“One word is like a note that looks for others for a perfect chord”