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Lowell ,  March 07, 2019

Regional Government promotes photography contest in the diaspora

The Regional Director for the Communities announced in the United States of America the organisation of a photography contest in the diaspora with the aim of "recording the Azorean presence in the world."
"With this initiative, we intend to recognise the importance of our communities and disseminate the Azorean heritage in various geographical spaces," said Paulo Teves. According to him, "photography has the specificity of recording a detail or an experience and sharing it with the public."
As the Regional Director stressed, it is possible to promote "a better understanding regarding the contribution of the Azorean people, over the centuries, to the development of different societies and the cultural enrichment of the societies that have welcomed them."
Paulo Teves emphasised that this project is an "important tool for enhancing the knowledge" on the Azorean diaspora, not only in the Azores but also in the communities spread throughout the world.
The Regional Director spoke Wednesday at the opening of the photography exhibition titled as "Azores: Nine Islands, Nine Photographers" at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell. On the occasion, he highlighted the importance of carrying out initiatives "that promote and disseminate the archipelago in regions where there are Azorean communities and in non-associative spaces, such as the case of this University.
"The exhibition has a double purpose: the invitation to those who have never visited the Azores and the return of Azorean emigrants to the land of origin," stressed the government official.
Paulo Teves praised the work carried out by the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies in the promotion of the Azores in an academic context, pointing out the photography course promoted by the Department of Fine Arts of that institution. This year's edition includes the visit of 11 students and two professors to the archipelago and culminates with an exhibition in a public space at the University of Massachusetts - Lowell.
The "Azores: Nine Islands, Nine Photographers" exhibition is composed of more than fifty photographs of the nine islands by nine photographers: Luís Barra, Pedro Letria, Bruno Portela, Luís Ramos, José Manuel Ribeiro, Daniel Rocha, José António Rodrigues, Gonçalo Rosa da Silva and Luís Vasconcelos. It will be on display at Moloney Hall, University of Massachusetts - Lowell, until April 17.
This initiative is held under the celebrations of the 5th anniversary of the Portuguese Programme and the Saab Center for Portuguese Studies of the University of Massachusetts - Lowell.
The Saab Center for Portuguese Studies was founded in 2013 with the support of Elisia Saab, an emigrant from Graciosa Island. It supports the Portuguese Programme developed by that University as well as several initiatives aimed at promoting and disseminating the Azorean presence in the State of Massachusetts. Currently, it is led by Frank Sousa, an Azorean emigrant from São Jorge Island.
In 2015, the Government of the Azores, through the Regional Directorate for the Communities, offered a collection made up of more than 300 books and about 80 CDs and DVDs on Azorean themes and authors.


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