Decanting Portuguese Oral Literature

Wed, 28.02.2018
Português Et Cetera, 4th floor

Do you remember when you were a child and your mum and dad used to tell you stories? Can you really remember the feeling of that moment?


Antoine de Saint Exupéry (1943) wrote: “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”. Stories from Portuguese oral literature rock us gently into a fantasy world.

Pedro Lopes is the “man of the stories”. He manages your feelings, he touches your soul and he takes you back to the past. He can make the characters real, they are with you in the same room, at the same time.

You are transported to another world. It feels you’re part of the story. You can see the personas, the places, you can even hear the voice of the child who stole voices to give them to his mother. If you close your eyes you can see the banquet where the priest, a neighbour and the wine maker are tasting the best wine in the world, a Portuguese wine, of course.

Listening to stories when you are no longer a child makes you see things from another perspective. It makes you think about those things that often we, as grown-ups, take for granted. Sometimes we forget about the gifts that life has given us.

In this magical atmosphere, yesterday, in our Portuguese language school, an enchanting evening has taken place.

The storyteller Pedro Lopes, presented four sets of two stories each, told both in English and Portuguese. During each break between stets, we had the pleasure of tasting local Portuguese wines. A different wine was sampled for each session. It was a magical moment, as one of our students said “I was stuck as like baby”.

The warm light, the Portuguese red wine and Pedro’s voice combined to make it a moment to treasure. Afterwards we enjoyed good conversation eating typical pastries and continuing with the wine tasting.

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You will immerse yourself in another dimension permeated of Portuguese tales and stories while you will experience a journey in a wine tasting

On the 28th of February 2018, our language school in Lisbon will host the brilliant storyteller of Portuguese oral literature Pedro Lopes. During the magical evening that we will spend together, he will serve us several local Portuguese wines.

In “Le Petit Prince” (1943), Antoine de Saint Exupéry, says: “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.”

It’s important to remind us everyday that we don’t have to lose that little innocence and light heartedness typical of childhood. Those help us to face every day challenges, making our lives happier. That’s why stories are a crucial feature of our stream of life.

Storytelling performance in Lisbon

Pedro Lopes is a storyteller of Portuguese oral literature known in all Europe and Asia. He started his career acting in theatres and he felt in love with stories. He currently lives in Germany. He travels all over Europe and Asia to spread his stories in book shops.

From the “contos tradicionais portugueses” transmitted by the oral tradition, these tales are the memory from the past, the witness of the old generations. We learn from them and we keep them in our hearts and minds. The magic that Pedro creates is something that goes beyond our imagination. He puts together tradition and fantasy, recreating the stories and interacting with the audience. In this way each person can have his own version of the story and in future will spread it to new generations.

The performance will be spoken both in Portuguese and English, making you improve your listening and conversation skills.

This magical atmosphere will be framed in a Portuguese wine tasting. It will make you lose yourself in a sea of memories and fascinating images.


WHO?The storyteller Pedro Lopes
WHAT?A storytelling of Portuguese oral literature
HOW? In Portuguese and in English languages
WHEN? On the 28th of February 2018, at 8.30 pm
WHERE?At the Português et Cetera Language School’s 4th floor (events room)