The President of the Portuguese Republic arrives this afternoon to Cape Verde to close the commemorations of the Day of Camões, Portugal and the Portuguese Communities, which began on Sunday in Portalegre, with a ceremony to hoist the national flag.
In Cape Verde, the celebrations take place in Cidade da Praia and in Mindelo, where Marcelo Rebelo Sousa and the Portuguese prime minister will have the agenda filled. As in Portugal, the ceremonies end with a parade of the Cape Verdean and Portuguese Armed Forces in Praça Amílcar Cabral, Mindelo.
In the City of Praia, President Marcelo Rebelo Sousa begins the celebrations of 10 June with the inauguration of the Sports Park of the Portuguese School of Cape Verde and, soon afterwards, the resident Portuguese community will be welcomed. the animation of a musical concert of the Cape Verdean singer Tito Paris and the Portuguese fadista Raquel Tavares.
The program in Mindelo also includes a visit to a contemporary art exhibition, a walking tour, lunch with local authorities on a frigate of the Portuguese Navy and a socializing with young sportsmen in the company of footballer Eliseu, a former Benfica player, who has dual nationality and integrated the National Team that was champion of Europe in 2016.
In Cape Verde, in addition to the Portuguese head of state, there will also be the Prime Minister, António Costa, the Ministers of Education and National Defense, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues and João Gomes Cravinho, Portuguese Secretary of State José Luís Carneiro, and the representatives of Feliciano Barreiras Duarte (PSD), Carlos Pereira (PS), Maria Manuel Rola (Left Block), Pedro Mota Soares (CDS-PP) and João Dias (PCP).
In Cape Verde, there are 21,553 Portuguese residents and, for the first time, the resident community will be organized and represented through an association, which will be called: Associação Recreativa dos Portugueses em Santiago (ARPS). One of the main promoters of this organization and cultural vice president of ARPS is Helena Amante, who explained to the Lusa agency that the association proposes to be "agglutinating the Portuguese to reside in Praia and in the island of Santiago, because it was a space that did not exist ".