Viva Portugal 2024! – Celebrating the Carnation Revolution
A multi-art form project including theatre, archive creation, workshops
April 25 th 2024 will be the 50 th Anniversary of the revolution in Portugal which ended the 40 year rule of Antonio Oliveira Salazar. What happened? What changed? What’s so important about it? There is plenty to celebrate and plenty to learn. The Carnation Revolution brought freedom for the people of Portugal, an end to a bloody colonial war and helped give birth to the new independent nations in Africa of Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and São Tomé and Príncipe, and East Timor.
Modern Culture will put the spotlight on Portugal and engage the public in a piece of recent history which echoes and replays in our present time. We are staging a double bill of plays at Omnibus Theatre, alongside workshops on devising theatre, the street art of the Portuguese Revolution, and the creation of a Living History sound archive of memories of the revolution. These will be held in libraries, schools and museums in three areas of the UK to build awareness of the Portuguese community, its history and its culture.