Mostra Espanha 2019 opens today with prize delivery to Mariza

The presentation of the Luso-Spanish Prize for Art and Culture to the Portuguese fado singer Mariza will mark today, at 19:30, at the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, in Lisbon, the official inauguration of the event Mostra Espanha 2019.

According to the organization, the Minister of Culture of Portugal, Graça Fonseca, and Minister of Culture and Sports of Spain, José Guirao, will attend the ceremony.

The Mostra España 2019 takes place between June and December in 20 cities throughout the country to promote Spanish cultural heritage through exhibitions, music, the performing arts, conferences and meetings in more than 80 initiatives.

In November 2018 it was announced by the Ministry of Culture of Portugal that the singer Mariza was the winner of the 2018 Luso-Spanish Prize for Art and Culture for “her work in favor of fostering relations between Portugal and Spain.”

The jury of the prize “decided to unanimously award the 2018 Portuguese-Spanish Prize for Art and Culture to the Portuguese singer Mariza”, was announced at the time.

The prize, awarded by the governments of Portugal and Spain, worth 75 thousand euros, recognizes the work of a creator in the field of art and culture, which fosters cultural communication and cooperation between the two countries.

The jury considered that the work of Mariza “in favor of fostering relations between Portugal and Spain is visible in his participation in the film ‘Fados’, by the Spanish director Carlos Saura, in the numerous concerts he has given since 2008 in various places in Spain, as well as the duets he performs with renowned singers such as Miguel Poveda, Tito Paris, Concha Buika or Sergio Dalma, a successful fusion of rhythms that contribute to breaking down borders and bringing audiences closer together. ”

This year, the jury was composed of the Portuguese João Fernandes (deputy director of the National Museum of Reina Sofía Art), Pedro Serra (professor of the Modern Philology Department of the University of Salamanca) and João Luís Carrilho da Graça (architect). by the Spanish Ana Santos (director of the National Library of Spain), Juan Cruz (journalist and writer) and Adriana Moscoso (director general of Cultural and Cooperation Industries of Spain).

The biennial Luso-Spanish Art and Culture Prize was created in 2006 by the Portuguese and Spanish governments to recognize the work of an author or entity that “has contributed significantly to the strengthening of ties between the two States and to a greater reciprocal knowledge of creation or of thought “.

In the previous editions were distinguished journalist Pilar del Río, writer and translator José Bento, professor Perfecto Cuadrado, architect Álvaro Siza, director Carlos Saura, and writer Lídia Jorge.

In November of 2017, she was named Master of Mediterranean Music, by the University of Berklee, in Boston, United States.

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