The point of these online celebrations will take place on March 8, the day that celebrates 191 years on the date of the birth of João de Deus.
As part of the celebrations of the 191st anniversary of the birth of João de Deus, the municipality of Silves is promoting, until the 8th of March, a commemorative program entirely online, with cultural activities centered on the multifaceted personality of the poet and pedagogue, father of the maternal booklet, natural of São Bartolomeu de Messines. The municipality says that “the program will feature several initiatives, participations and testimonies at a distance, in a special and intense trip to the universe of João de Deus, who will be known forever as one of the eminent figures of his time and of all literature and Portuguese pedagogy ».
The “João de Deus for me?” Initiative, from the perspective of several citizens, personalities and institutions; conversations with Maria João Raminhos Duarte, José Alberto Quaresma and António Ponces de Carvalho; a guided visit to the Casa-Museu João de Deus, by the Mayor of Silves, Rosa Palma; readings staged and the concert Fabricantes de Pegadas, by the collective Poetas do Povo, are some of these proposals that will mark this week of homage to João de Deus.
The point of these online celebrations will take place on March 8, the day that celebrates 191 years on the date of the birth of João de Deus. On this day, the program will begin, at 10:30 am, with an evocative moment, with flower deposition, transmitted live from the sculptural monument dedicated to João de Deus, in SB Messines, with the intervention of Rosa Palma, and Carla Benedito.
Then, in the afternoon, in addition to the testimonies of the section “João de Deus para mim” (at 3 pm and 7 pm), the staged reading “João de Deus I Intima Correspondence & Prose Dispersed” will be presented, at 4 pm, by the voice of Pedro Freitas and José Anjos, who will unveil and make known the correspondence that João de Deus exchanged with family, friends and strangers. The celebrations will culminate with the intimate concert “Fabricantes de Pegadas”, by the collective Poetas do Povo, at 9:30 pm, in a poetry and music show that will give a special focus to the poetry of João de Deus, uniting it to the voice and written words of several Portuguese poets.
«The municipality of Silves, despite the established days of confinement, decided to remain faithful to the commemorative spirit of this event and prepared a cultural program, entirely online, with a view to keeping alive the legacy of João de Deus, son of the land, that marked the history of national teaching and literature. A universal, unique, timeless man, who is so proud of us and who, unquestionably, left us a legacy that will be perpetuated forever and that deserves to be remembered ”, says Rosa Palma, Mayor of Silves.