There are some festivals coming up during August and September. These include the Festival de Música de Calheta, 12 – 13 August in Calheta, Santiago; City festival (sport and culture), 21 August to 8 September in Vila do Maio, Maio; the famous Baia das Gatas Festival of Music, 11 – 13 August in Baía das Gatas, São Vicente and The Sal Music festival in September in Santa Maria. Enjoy the music that is such an important part of Cape Verdean life.
An exhibition of paintings is being held in Luxembourg to celebrate the 42 years of Cape Verde’s independence. The exhibition, which takes place in the Abbey of Neimënster (Neumünster) features the work of four artists from Cape Verde – Severo Delgado, Maria Gomes, Nelson Neves and Arlindo Tomás. The exhibition opened yesterday and runs until 30 July and is open from 11am until 6pm, with entry being free. The exhibition reflects the joy and memory of Cape Verdeans and the humanity of the people of the peaceful archipelago.
In common with many countries, this week has seen carnival take place; in the UK we only eat pancakes on Shrove Tuesday! In other countries is it party time. The largest celebration in Cape Verde is in Mindelo on the island of São Vicente. However, others take place around the islands including Sal, where there are celebrations in both Espargos and Santa Maria. At the weekend a procession started in Santa Maria at about 1am on Sunday with crowds of dancing people following a mobile disco. This processions ended up at Club 1 with a party that went on into the early hours.
Some months ago we were pleased to learn that a Cape Verdean Creole-English Dictionary had been compiled by Manuel Da Luz Goncalves. There have been book launches in several American Cities and support from countries in Europe. It looks very well produced and will be useful for people who visit Cape Verde regularly or who live there. It is available from www.mili-mila.com. In the Autumn of 2017, the companion English-Cape Verdean Creole Dictionary is expected to be published.
The new Casino Royal on Sal Island is due to open in November. This will be the first casino in Cape Verde and will provide significant employment for local people, with 100 new employment opportunities; the creation of this first casino has required local people to be trained as croupiers. The casino, part of the new Hilton Hotel in Santa Maria, will contain over 100 gaming machines and 11 gaming tables.