The 175th Anniversary Commemorations Committee has announced a community event on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at the Casa dos Açores community centre. This significant occasion is part of a year-long series of initiatives
commemorating the 175th anniversary of the first Portuguese immigrants’ arrival in Bermuda.

The festivities will begin at 3 PM and continue until midnight, offering an extensive
array of activities designed to celebrate Portuguese culture and heritage.
The Casa dos Açores community centre, located at 1 North Short Road, Pembroke, will host the event.
Admission is free. A Free Kids Zone will be operational from 3 PM to 6 PM, and a variety of culinary delights will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Attendees will be treated performances by local talent, including the Vasco da Gama Folklore Group and Caroline Araujo.

Making their debut appearance in Bermuda, the ‘Passos da Bruma’ Folklore Group from the Azores
will present an array of traditional songs and dances, offering a cultural feast for all present.

The traditional ‘Cantares ao Desafio’ will be performed by Carlos Sousa, Jose Pimentel, Helder Pereira, and Luis Bettencourt, all visiting from the Azores.
This cherished Azorean tradition features an improvised poetic duel between two singers, each
inspired by and responding to the other’s verses.

Concluding the evening’s entertainment, Canadian-Portuguese artists Tony Camara and Mike
Da Silva will deliver dynamic, contemporary performances, adding an up-tempo flair to the
celebrations. The event promises an eclectic mix of musical styles, ensuring a memorable
experience for all tastes.

Andrea Moniz-DeSouza, Honorary Portuguese Consul and chair of the committee, expressed
her enthusiasm:
“This event promises to be a joyous occasion for all, offering a vibrant celebration of Azorean
culture. The 175th anniversary commemorations encompass many solemn events, and we
felt it essential to include an accessible and engaging celebration for everyone.

We warmly invite the entire Bermuda community to join us in celebrating this momentous
occasion, honoring 175 years of Portuguese emigration and cultural enrichment in Bermuda.We are particularly excited to announce the forthcoming release of a commemorative book on November 4, 2024, the official anniversary date.
Authored by Eduardo Medeiros and commissioned by the Azorean Emigrant Association (AEA), this publication will chronicle the 175-year history of the Portuguese community in Bermuda. The AEA, a non-profit organization based in the Azores, facilitates cultural exchanges and provides support to Azorean emigrants and their descendants globally.

This collaborative effort between the 175th Commemorations Committee and the AEA underscores our commitment to preserving and documenting our rich heritage.”

The Vasco da Gama Folklore Group, founded in January 1979, has a storied history of performances, including appearances at the Agricultural Exhibition, the inaugural Bermuda Day Parade, the Holy Spirit Festival in Fall River, MA, a military tattoo in West Virginia, and a prestigious performance for Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Founded in 2007, the Passos da Bruma Folklore Group hails from Ponta Delgada on São Miguel island in the Azores. Comprising 23 dedicated members, the group is renowned for its spirited camaraderie and dedication to promoting Azorean culture.

Their impressive performance history includes regional festivals such as the Livramento Festival, Azaleas Festival, Ilha Verde Festival, Santa Barbara Festival, and the Fajã de Baixo Folklore Festival.
Internationally, they have graced the Gravataí festival in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, among
other prestigious events.