The event took place at the Lagos Cultural Center on October 3 at what was one of the highlights of the author's Centenary of Birth celebrations. Organized by the Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen Centennial Coordinating Commission and the CNC – National Center for Culture, in partnership with the municipality of Lagos,
In the colloquium there was talk about the presence of the sea in his work, about the importance of tales for children, about the relationship with the southern poets and about the connection between his poetry and the sacred.
As part of the Centenary of the author's birth program, which includes Lisbon, Porto and Lagos, the International Colloquium “Lagos where I reinvented the world” marked one of the highlights of the various cultural initiatives taking place in Lagos. The opening session of the International Colloquium was led by Hugo Pereira, Mayor of Lagos, Paulo Águas, Rector of the University of Algarve, Maria Andresen Sousa Tavares, daughter of
author and Coordinator of the Centenary, and Guilherme d'Oliveira Martins, also Project Coordinator, when she emphasized Sophia's close relationship with the city of Lagos that inspired her so much in her work.
The first round table of the colloquium was attended by moderator António Branco (University of Algarve), Claudio Trognoni (Tor Vergata University) and Joana Matos Frias (Faculty of Letters of the University of Porto), with the theme “The Presence of the Sea”, where he referred to the omnipresence of the sea to the point of an almost “appropriation and ownership” of the same in his work. With several autobiographical elements closely linked
In her seasons in Lagos, the Sophia Sea is a "sea of contrasts" in which the just and the beautiful coexist with the mysterious and the amazing.
Still in the morning, the second round table explored the importance of children's tales in his vast work. Carlos Mendes de Sousa (University of Minho), Alva Martínez Teixeiro (Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon) and João Minhoto Marques (University of Algarve) mentioned the various themes present in children's tales, such as the figure of “mother and home” , the “diving with open eyes” associated with curiosity and facing darker themes, the supernatural and the dichotomy between city and country spaces, especially the “garden”.
The afternoon began with the theme “The Poets of the South” at a table with the participation of the author Nuno Júdice, Fátima Freitas Morna (Faculty of Arts of Lisbon) and Gastão Cruz (author) and where he referred to the ambiguity of this “ South". The influence and impact of Sophia's work on other authors, marking a whole generation, the presence of the Algarve in their texts, but also of Greece and the Mediterranean, the unprecedented reference to the influence of Federico Garcia
Lorca in her inspiration and visual power and inventive language were some of the subjects covered.
The colloquium ended with a round table discussion with Federico Bertolazzi (Tor Vergata University, Rome), José Pedro Serra (Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon), Maria Andresen de Sousa Tavares and Pedro Mexia (author), who spoke of the presence of the Sacred poetry of Sophia, and the closing of the International Colloquium was in charge of Fernando Cabral Martins (Organizing Committee of the Colloquium).
The cultural program of the Sophia Centennial Commemorations of Mello Breyner Andresen in Lagos continues with the Photographic Exhibition “Places of Sophia” (held until October 26 at the Cultural Center of Lagos), the show “Memories of the Maid”, by Neusa Dias ( November 6), the Recital “My poet's job for the reconstruction of the world” by Pedro Lamares (November 7), the Musa Prize – Choir Concert (November 9) and a concert by the Algarve Jazz Orchestra ( 30th of November).