The associative movement of the Portuguese communities is one of the most important linkages of the countless compatriots spread throughout the four corners of the world to the language, culture, history and memory of the country of origin, and at the same time one of the most expressive marks of insertion in the host territories where they began their life and work paths. However, within the Portuguese communities, the associative movement today faces a fundamental challenge for its own future survival, which is essentially due to the aging of its leading cadres and the difficulties in attracting the participation of the Portuguese descendants. Canadian counselor Daniel Loureiro, a Portuguese-Canadian living in Montreal, intends to “discover why there is not a greater adherence of the Portuguese descendants to community events.” According to the youngest of the councilors of the Portuguese Communities, the youth of the community “are proud of their roots and belong to the Portuguese community”, but “pride must be filled” with activities to “keep the community alive” that within 40 or 50 years will have to “rejuvenate”. In this way, it is essential to diversify activities of socio-community animation, which can reconcile traditional culture rooted in the associative movement, with new socio-cultural dimensions, such as cinema, literature, design, dance, theater, art or fashion, among others, in order to attract the young generations of Portuguese ascendants and the same ones to impel the Portuguese presence in the world.
Source: LusoPresse, February 21, 2019
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