Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa 2017 Begins


The most awaited Indo-Portuguese event, Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa begins today,. In its 9th edition this year, it promises to be bigger and better than last year.

An Exploration and Celebration of the Rich Flavours of Two Nations – India and Portugal

A 450-year long rule has definitely left its mark on India and Goa in particular. So much of Goa’s music, food, dressing, and culture comes from the Portuguese. What better way than to celebrate this intertwining of cultures and organize “Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa.”

Dr. Francisco Duarte Azevedo, the newly appointed Consul General of Portugal in Goa is the Convenor of the Executive Committee while Audhut Caro is the Chairman of the Executive Committee, planning the event.

Audhut Caro, said, “Indian and Portugal are both regions steeped in rich heritage and culture. India is a mingling of diverse cultures, all special in their own way. Goa too has its own unique identity and culture which is a blend of Indian and Western nuances. Goa has assimilated the essence of both regions where people coexist in harmony and joy. Through this event Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) we would like to share and enjoy the essence of our diverse culture.”

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A group performance at Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa
Pic Credit – Rebecca Pereira

The Events That Take Place during the Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa

The Semana Da Cultura Indo-Portuguesa (Goa) celebrations will kick off with a Portuguese film festival on the 22nd of September at Marquinez Palace, Old GMC Complex. Curated by Nalini Elvino de Souza and Delfim Correia Da Silva the festival will screen a carefully selected selection of films over the 3-day festival.

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Maravilhas de Margao performing at Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) in a previous edition
Pic Credit – Rebecca Pereira

Continuing with the celebrations, the Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) will host the Fado singing competition on the 10th of November at Institute Menezes Braganza hall.

Danika Da Silva Pereira sings at the fado competition in a previous edition of Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa
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One of the key highlights of the cultural celebration is an ‘Evening of Indo Portuguese Cuisine and Music’. This includes a sumptuous selection of Goan – Portuguese cuisine.  Scheduled to be held on the 1st of December the event will see a host of Goan musicians perform through the evening. While in Goa the chefs will be interacting and hosting a masterclass on Portuguese cuisine in Goa.

A bit of background on Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa

Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) was set up and established in the year 2008. It was an initiative taken by the Portuguese Consulate in Goa and by various local organizations to maintain and keep alive the unique Goan culture and Goan identity.

Earlier editions of the Semana da Cultura Portuguesa (Goa) have all portrayed Goan and Portuguese culture including art, cuisine, films and other art forms through Goan and Portuguese artists who performed in Goa and delighted Goan audiences.

Semana Da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) is supported by the Consulate of Portugal, Clube Vasco-da-Gama, Clube National, Clube Harmonia, BPS Club, Indo-Portuguese Friendship Society, Fundação Oriente and Institute Camões. (Source –

If a blend of rich cultures is what you fancy, go on and visit the Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa). You will definitely be pleasantly surprised.