Marc Zegans is a poet and creative development advisor from California. He is the author of six collections of poems, two spoken word albums and theatrical productions.
“Saudade” is part of Collection 5, with text produced by André Silveira and performance in Portuguese by Brazilian actor resident in Dublin Rodrigo Ternevoy with the performance in English by Irish actor Barry John Kinsella.
Pablo Santos is DJ, Music Producer from Brazil based in Dublin. He studied guitar at the Clube do Choro, in Brasília – Brazil. Some of his inspirations are the Bossa Nova, Elis Regina, Jorge Ben, Siba, Erykah Badu, Thundercat, Fela Kuti, and the rapper Kendrick Lamar.
In this edition of our Diaspora podcast, we chat with Alex Simiema. Alex is from Goias, in Brazil, he lived in Natal, Brasília, and also in California, London, France, residing today in Lisbon, circulating around Austria. A nomad? An explorer? Or is this would be a certain inquietude of an artist’s soul?
Fr. Kevin Keegan is from Derry, Northern Ireland. Today he is based in the Church of the Sacred Heart in Galway City, but he has his heart split between Brazil and Ireland. The first time he went to Brazil was in 1987, for a mission that lasted two years, however, he could be living there until now if his destiny hadn’t taken him to another path. Even though he now lives in his home country, he still remains immersed in Brazilian culture by working as an honorary consul for the Brazilian Embassy and helping the community to pursue their “Irish dream life.”
Hilda Hilst (1930-2004) was a Brazilian poet, playwright, and fiction writer. She was strongly influenced by James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, and this influence appears in themes and techniques that are recurrent in their work such as the flow of consciousness and fractured reality.
Renato Moraes (32) is from Pernambuco – Brazil and resident in Dublin, he was the director and photographer of the exhibition “Morros & Músculos” means “Hills & Muscles”, brought the concept of strength and perseverance of Brazilians, mixing photography with music and poetry in the Chapada Diamantina scenario.
For this first post-confinement exhibition, the name could not be more explicit and will surprise art lovers, bringing a connection between Portuguese and Brazilian culture and with the harmony of artists with such different languages. Desconfinar-te will take place from June 25 at Mitó Creative Site, located at Rua de Arroios, 95 A – Lisbon
Dirce Waltrick Do Amarante translated Finnegans Wake into Portuguese and produced a theater play called “My Little Ireland”, that is an adaptation of some chapter of Finnegans Wake and of some letters exchanged by James Joyce and Nora Barnacle. The play is available to watch on Youtube Channel, and she will be “Indoors with Molly Bloom”, an online encounter with readings and talks from various languages, bringing the Joyce poetic spirit for Bloomsday 2020.
To know more about the reading of Ulysses organised by Sweny’s volunteers you can check out their Facebook page. Visit also the Bloomsday Festival website for more events.
“Without art, there is no discovery.”
We start our conversation in our mother tongue, Portuguese, and then swap language at 26 minutes. As the English language teaches us a lot about the world, working as a portal to new voices, habits and cultures, like in Kenya, a destination where Juliana went for a social project with African children and it did change her life forever.
Mila Maia is from Santos, the coast of Brazil, based in Galway City, where she lives since 2018. Flutist and one of the founders of Oran, a traditional Irish music band from São Paulo, Brazil, her main project and area of research is traditional Irish music, including instruments such as the Irish Flute and the Tin Whistle. Besides working with Celtic music, she also works with several other music genres, such as “choro”, Brazilian Popular Music and classical music.