Open eyes to Portugal: South Fremantle

Honorary Consul of Portugal in Perth John Da Silva wants to spread Portuguese culture.Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d442506
Honorary Consul of Portugal in Perth John Da Silva wants to spread Portuguese culture.Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d442506

THERE is more to Portuguese culture than just delicious chicken, and the South Fremantle-based Portuguese Consulate of Perth is looking to open the eyes of locals to this culture with a number of classes.

The honorary consul of Portugal in Perth John Da Silva will be looking to teach more people about the culture with Portuguese language and guitar lessons, saying it was his goal to make the culture, language and traditions more accessible to people throughout Australia.

“The idea for the school appeared when I realised that some children weren’t able to speak Portuguese with their grandmothers because they hadn’t learned the language and since it is the 6th most spoken language in the world, it encouraged me to open the school,” he said.

“Besides Portuguese, the school offers English classes for adults and children, and we’re organising several workshops, such as crochet classes because it is a tradition handed down from our mothers and grandmothers.

“It is a good way to invite everyone to come from their homes and join us and we are also interested in volunteers willing to get the community involved in our activities.

“Our school is open to all communities wanting to learn something about the Portuguese culture.”

Call 0400 344 174 for more information.