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The Day of Portugal was celebrated in Berlin

breveon1378Por Águeda Varela, Instituto para a Diplomacia Cultural

The smell of grilled sardines and smoke filled the air of Monbijou Park in Berlin on 9th June. Organized by Tiny Domingos and a group of Portuguese friends living in Berlin, the event aimed to celebrate the Day of Portugal, the national holiday that is celebrated on 10th June, so nothing better than gathering the Portuguese community to eat a good sardine as well as other traditional Portuguese snacks.
“Portuguese in Berlin” is a Facebook page where people can find out about past and future events, as well as a forum where people can ask about any topic or question related to Berlin. According to Tiny Domingos, this is the priority – “the Portuguese community” – that “has few encounters and infrequent events.” However, he also emphasizes that all communities are welcome since they are in a foreign country and there are many mixed couples. On the other hand, the responsible for the event reveals that Germans, even without any family connections with Portugal, have acceded to these events because they have an interest “in having other experiences, other types of gatherings, which is very positive.”
This is the case of Birgit Hoherz, who is German, but has an interest in the Portuguese language and culture and learned to speak Portuguese in Brazil. Today she is a professor of German at Bilingua eV, a school that educates Brazilian and Portuguese bilingual children to speak German and Portuguese. Birgit Hoherz considers the Portuguese and Brazilian communities in Berlin very united and that events such as the celebration of the Day of Portugal are important to “make new contacts, exchange information between German and Portuguese culture and to help integrate” new immigrants from Portuguese speaking countries.

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O Dia de Portugal comemorado em Berlim

O cheiro e o fumo das sardinhas assadas encheram o ar do Parque Monbijou, em Berlim, no passado dia 9 de Junho. Organizado por Tiny Domingos e um grupo de amigos portugueses a residir em Berlin, o evento teve como objectivo comemorar o Dia de Portugal, feriado nacional que se festeja a 10 de Junho, e nada melhor do que reunir a comunidade portuguesa residente para comer uma boa sardinha assada e outros petiscos tradicionais portugueses.
“Portugueses em Berlim” é a página no Facebook onde é possível ficar a conhecer os eventos passados e futuros, além de ser um fórum onde se pode pedir informações sobre qualquer assunto ou dúvida relacionada com Berlim. De acordo com Tiny Domingos, esta é a prioridade – “a grande comunidade portuguesa” – que “tem pouco encontros e poucos eventos”. No entanto, não deixa de salientar que todas as comunidades são bem-vindas, uma vez que ao estarem noutro país existem muitos casais mistos. Por outro lado, o responsável pelo evento revela que os alemães, mesmo sem qualquer ligação familiar com Portugal, têm aderido bastante a estes eventos porque têm interesse “em ter outro tipo de experiências, outro tipo de convívios, o que é muito positivo.”
Este é o caso de Birgit Hoherz, que é alemã, mas com um interesse na língua e cultura portuguesas e aprendeu a falar português no Brasil. Hoje é professora de alemão na escola Bilingua e.V., uma escola que educa crianças portuguesas e brasileiras bilingues ao ensinar alemão e português. Birgit Hoherz considera as comunidades portuguesa e brasileira em Berlim muito unidas e que eventos como a comemoração do Dia de Portugal são importantes para “fazer novos contactos, existir trocas de conhecimentos entre a cultura alemã e a portuguesa e ajudar na integração” de novos imigrantes dos países de língua portuguesa.

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