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Fernão de Magalhães honored on mural in the Portuguese Quarter in Malacca

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A mural painting inspired by Portuguese tiles and honoring Fernão de Magalhães will be done by Portuguese descendants and residents in the Portuguese Quarter in Malacca, Malaysia, next weekend.

To be realized on a wall 10 meters long by three meters high, and located in the center of the Portuguese Quarter in Malacca, ‘Um trace por Magalhães’ is a project developed by the artistic center A Casa ao Lado, in partnership with Associação Coração de Malacca, the Camões Institute and the International Lusophone Movement (MIL).

The initiative comes as part of the celebrations of the fifth centenary of the first round the world, with the mission of leaving a “mark” of Portuguese identity in different Portuguese communities around the world, according to a statement from A Casa ao Lado.

Prior to this initiative in the former Portuguese colony of Malacca, A Casa ao Lado carried out similar interventions (mural paintings) in the last months within the scope of the project ‘A trace by Magalhães’ in Portugal, involving local communities in Matosinhos, Leça da Palmeira and Ponte da Barca.

In May of last year, A Casa ao Lado involved around 150 emigrants and Portuguese descendants living in the New York neighborhood of Soho in the creation of a stained glass based on the patterns of Portuguese tiles.

This organization was founded in 2005, in Vila Nova de Famalicão, by plastic artists Joana Brito and Ricardo Miranda. In 2018, he joined the UNESCO Clubs network in the field of intervention and artistic creation.

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