45th World Congress of Academias do Bacalhau

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The relevance of Estremoz in the Portuguese history goes back to the 12th century, when it was captured from the moors by the army of the knight Geraldo Sem Pavor.

It is also internationally known for its fine marble stone quarries.

The 45th World Congress of Academias do Bacalhau, which takes place annually, held in the Alentejo historic medieval town of Estremoz, from 10 to 12 September 2016, brought together Compadres and Comadres from Portuguese Communities, as far North as Ontario in Canada, to southernmost Australian city of Perth, to participate in a excellent programme of social activities and lively debate sessions and presentations.

3The main objective of the international conference was to foster friendship among all Academias in the World, to exchange information, experiences and best ways to achieve to provide assistance to welfare organizations in their respective regions.

The growth of Academias do Bacalhau over the years created a challenge which is how to improve the communication among  so many Academias scattered around the World.

It was felt that the most viable solution is to increase the use of online media to exchange information , ideas and improvement  of the overall organization structure.

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5Alentejo’s rich folklore, famous cuisine and superb wine tasting, in the most emblematic cellars, were also ingredients that contributed to make this international encounter of Compadres a memorable event.

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The Vice President of the Academia de Cape Town, Pinto Fernandes , the Honorary Presidente of all the Academies in the World, Durval Marques and the Director of Seculo de Joanesburgo, Varela Afonso

The new Academia da Serra da Estrela was accepted during the conference  to be the 58th Academia do Bacalhau to join the fellowship cluster of Compadres in the world.

The next International Congress of Academias do Bacalhau will take place in Ilha Terceira  in the Azores Islands by mid October 2017.

Jay Fernandes
Master’s Degree G. Ph. from the University of Lisbon. Academic and teacher. Television , radio and press reporter / commentator

2 COMMENTS

  1. Obrigado Pinto Fernandes gostei de ver e de estar com voces todos em estremoz as academias sao um grande movimento e uma grande instituicao que ha que preservar e fortalecer .quanto ao teu senhor cabo ficas mal na foto tens que escolher melhor gente para tirar a fotografia salvo o nosso president honorario um abraco e ate breve

  2. Meu bom Amigo e Compadre João Pinto Fernandes,

    Parabéns pela ótima revista, Senhor Cabo, que muito beneficiará da sua posição como seu Editor, sem esquecer as Academias do Bacalhau e de uma forma especial a do Cabo, que o Compadre João recuperou e da qual é, para já, seu Vice-Presidente.

    O nosso movimento, já com a da Serra da Estrela, conta com 58 Tertúlias e, se Deus quiser, e com a ajuda de Compadres como o João, havemos de chegar muito mais longe.

    Um enorme abraço meu bom Amigo e até sempre, com um Gavião de Penacho,

    Durval Marques

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