The program includes initiatives in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Oceania and Africa.
In Portugal, the 10th of June is being celebrated this year in Peso da Régua, where the President, prime minister and minister of Foreign Affairs will be present on Saturday.
Celebrations officially take off on Monday with the President’s committee visiting South Africa, where 300 thousand Portuguese and Lusophone descendants are estimated to live. António Costa, the prime minister, João Gomes Cravinho, the minister of Foreign Affairs, and Helena Carreiras, minister of National Defense, will also be in South Africa over the celebration. Paulo Cafôfo, secretary of the Portuguese Communities State, will celebrate June 10th with the Portuguese community in Namibia. Four more governors will be in Africa: Ministers for Culture, Pedro Adão e Silva, Environment and Climate Action, Duarte Cordeiro, Territorial Cohesion, Ana Abrunhosa, and Agriculture and Feeding, Maria do Céu Antunes, will be visiting the Lusophone communities in Mozambique, Cape Verde, Angola, and São Tomé and Príncipe, respectively.
Macau, where Portuguese is also the official language, will host André Moz Caldas, secretary of State of the Ministers’ Council Presidency, while in Australia will be secretary of State of Social Security, Gabriel Bastos.
Over in North America, seven Government members will be visiting: minister of Justice Catarina Sarmento e Castro will be spending Portugal Day with the Lusophone community in Canada, while in the United States, secretary of State of European Issues Tiago Antunes, and Ana Sofia Antunes, secretary of State of Inclusion, will respectively be in San Francisco and Newark.
In South America, minister of Internal Administration José Luís Carneiro will be celebrating with the Portuguese community in Venezuela, while Presidency minister Mariana Vieira da Silva will commemorate June 10th in Argentina. In Brazil, there’ll be a visit from António Mendonça Mendes, secretary of State Adjourned to The Prime Minister, and from Jorge Delgado, secretary of State of Urban Mobility, in Colombia.
Back in Europe, minister of Economy and The Sea, António Costa Silva, will visit Spain, while Elvira Fortunato, minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education will visit France, secretary of State of Administrative Digitalisation and Modernisation Mário Campolargo will visit Belgium, secretary of State of Fiscal Issues Nuno Santos Félix will visit Luxembourg, and secretary of State of Education António Leite will visit Switzerland.
Following tradition, the Portuguese consular and diplomatic network will celebrate Portugal Day with hundreds of distinct activities, combining their own initiatives with local movements, “an effort undertaken by local Lusophone associations who, on countless occasions, have had the support of embassies and consulates,” MNE highlights.
Concerts, expositions, theatre plays, cinema and documentaries, seminars, traditional fairs and literature sessions are some of the initiatives scheduled for the celebration to commemorate Portuguese artists and their work.