The prime minister praised this Sunday the speech by the President of the Republic in the solemn session of the 25th of April in the parliament, starting from the differences of course between you and Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to praise “the ocean of freedom”.

António Costa took this position in a brief speech after opening a sculpture by Fernanda Fragateiro in the gardens of São Bento, in Lisbon, “Poetry is” – an initiative integrated in the program of the Prime Minister’s official residency to commemorate the 47th anniversary of the April 25.

In today’s speech, the President of the Republic had the opportunity to underline and emphasize how well there is a joint representation in the necessarily complex diversity of the History of Portugal“, declared the leader of the executive.

Before the journalists, António Costa recalled that the head of state, in his speech at the Assembly of the Republic, invoked his personal history as the son of “someone who was a minister of the dictatorship”.

I, listening to him, could not help remembering and thinking that the country currently has a President of the Republic who has this path and a Prime Minister who is the son of a woman and a man who fought against the dictatorship and against colonialism“he noted.

António Costa then said that, “if one is the son of someone who was governor of a colony, the other is the second cousin of a FRELIMO general” (Mozambique Liberation Front).

We perceive well in these diverse paths how democracy and freedom are really the great ocean where all these rivers will flow“he concluded.

The Prime Minister left other notes of difference in life and generation between himself and Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

I was 12 years old when the 25th of April 1974 happened and I was not a constituent like the President of the Republic. And I was not also a journalist like the President of the Republic. But I am sure that it is in this diversity that freedom allows that gives strength to the continuity of our democracy, making the 25th of April not only a date of 47 years ago, but a permanent experience and a future“, declared the leader of the executive.

Costa praises Sérgio Godinho, art by Fernanda Fragateiro and tradition from Guterres

The prime minister also praised the musical career of Sérgio Godinho, the art of sculptor Fernanda Fragateiro and the tradition of opening to the public in the gardens of São Bento that began with his predecessor António Guterres.

António Costa spoke before attributing the cultural merit medal to Sérgio Godinho and shortly after inaugurating a sculpture by Fernanda Fragateiro in the gardens of São Bento, “Poetry is” – two events included in the celebrations program for the Prime Minister’s official residence of the 47th anniversary of the 25th of April.

The executive’s leader pointed out the constraints inherent in this year’s April 25th celebration program, with the country still in a state of emergency because of the covid-19 epidemic.

These celebrations of the 25th of April will take place with the door open, but still with due care. For this reason, Sérgio Godinho’s traditional evening concert was pre-recorded. It will be broadcast on Government social networks from 17:00 and on RTP1 from 19:10 – a concert that celebrates the 50th career of someone who gave his voice in the struggle for resistance“against the dictatorship, said the prime minister.

Before the journalists, António Costa said that “Sérgio Godinho, was someone who gave voice to the 25th of April”.

Someone who has sung our lives since the 25th of April until now“, he stressed, before praising the decision of António Guterres, when he was prime minister, between 1995 and 2002, to open the gardens and the official residence of São Bento to the public.

In the perspective of António Costa, the current Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, “started a beautiful tradition of celebrating the 25th of April by opening the doors of the official residence to the visit of all citizens and, more than that, inviting annually an artist representing Portuguese culture in the beautiful gardens of São Bento “.

Not every year has this tradition been fulfilled. However, in the years that I have been here, I resumed that tradition. At a certain point we detected that we had a very rich universe of works of art, but with the huge failure of representation of the female gender among the artists present in this collection“, immediately afterwards pointed out the current executive leader.

According to António Costa, from the previous legislature, a “change began”, highlighting the sculpture of Fernanda Fragateiro.

Here we have this beautiful work by Fernanda Fragateiro, which is an invitation to living in the garden, reading and recovering a phase by Sophia de Mello Breyner, according to which poetry is on the street. A phrase that has here a new translation of inspiration. Freedom is the possibility that we always have to reinvent and recreate poetry, being on the street“, defended the Prime Minister.

The sculpture “Poetry is”, according to the sculptor Fernanda Fragateiro, “has to do with the place in which it is inserted, the beautiful garden of São Bento, and with the need to not occupy much space”.

This sculpture, with two elements, takes the form of a moving book. The material is the granite of Trás-os-Montes, Pedras Salgadas, very dense and strong, which tells us about a territory. The sculpture invites people to sit and use it“, explained the author of the work of art.

Speaking after the intervention of the prime minister, the sculptor Fernanda Fragateiro also said that she was 11 years old when the 25th of April 1974 happened, the day on which she had a surgical intervention.

I spent that day anesthetized. I fell asleep in a very dark country and woke up in another country already at liberty“he declared.

Then, Fernanda Fragateiro demarcated herself from the so-called celebratory art.

Art should not be celebratory. People celebrate events at certain times, but then, with the review of history, people regret“, he justified, before demarcating the issue of the 25th of April of this critical thesis in relation to the celebratory art.


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