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Webinar: The Portuguese Bell Heritage
The sounds of the bells are part of the cultural and sound landscape of several Portuguese cities that still keep these instruments active as part of their sound and artistic heritage. Through their ringtones, the bells have been responsible, since ancient times, for ordering the time, cheering the festivities, publicly communicating varied news, alerting to bad weather and fires, guaranteeing spiritual protection, weeping the dead, regulating work, helping difficult deliveries, among other functions. The daily life of cities was marked by the constant presence of a “brown sound”, organized through a sophisticated system of sound codes recognized by their inhabitants. The safeguarding of the important bell heritage, in Portuguese territory – in which bells dated since the 13th century are identified -, the preservation of knowledge related to the foundry practice, the relevance of the recovery and preservation of manual touches, the impact of mechanization, the appreciation of the bell-rider’s craft and the debate on Portuguese bell culture as material and immaterial heritage will be some of the topics addressed by experts invited in the webinar THE PATRIMÓNIO SINEIRO PORTUGUÊS, carried out by the project PASEV – Heritage of the Sound Landscape of Évora, from the University from Évora.
Organization: PASEV, CESEM / UÉ, CIDEHUS.
Support: Regional Directorate for Culture of Alentejo – DRCA, Master in Management and Valorization of Historical Cultural Heritage / UÉ, UNESCO Chair in Intangible Heritage and Traditional Know-How / UÉ, ICOMOS-Portuguese National Commission.
FREE PARTICIPATION THROUGH PREVIOUS REGISTRATION
11:00 am – 11:10 am
Antónia Fialho Conde
(Coordinator of Group 2 – Heritage, Literacy and Cultural Diversity at CIDEHUS; Director of the Master in Management and Valorisation of the Historical Cultural Heritage of the University of Évora; PASEV-UÉ)
11:10 am – 11:40 am
THE BELL AS THE OBJECT OF HISTORICAL AND HERITAGE GOOD INVESTIGATION
Luis Sebastian (DRCN – UNL / IAP – Institute of Archeology and Paleosciences)
11:40 am – 12:10 pm
UNDER THE SOUND OF THE BELLS: BRAGA, BETWEEN THE PAST AND THE PRESENT
Elisa Lessa (University of Minho – CEHUM)
12:10 – 12:40 pm
THE FOUNDRY OF BELLS OF BRAGA SERAFIM DA SILVA JERÓNIMO & FILHOS: THE VIEW OF FOUR GENERATIONS OF FOUNDERS
Carlos Jerónimo (Bell Foundry of Braga Serafim da Silva Jerónimo & Filhos Lda)
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
FROM TOWER TO EARTH: CULTURE IN THE SOUND OF BELLS
João Soeiro de Carvalho (UNL – INET-md)
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm
BELLY PRACTICE IN MINAS GERAIS: ETHNOGRAPHIC REPORTS
Chiquinho de Assis (Secretary of the Environment of the Municipality of Ouro Preto and Consultant on the project that registered the Ringing of the Bells and the Bell Ringer, in Minas Gerais, as Intangible Cultural Heritage – Brazil)
15:00 – 15:30 pm
DYNAMIZATION OF THE EBORENSE SINEIRO HERITAGE: MEMORY, HISTORICAL PRACTICES AND ACTIONS FOR SAFEGUARDING
Rodrigo Teodoro de Paula (University of Évora – PASEV / CESEM)
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Screening of the documentary O SOM DOS SINEIROS (11´33´´) and conversation with the director of the film, Vanessa Cortez.