Watercolor of the Bay and Old Port of Luanda, from the book from the book Luandando by Pepetela.

Watercolor of the Bay and Old Port of Luanda, from the book Luandando by Pepetela.

In January 2015, Luanda will celebrate 439 years of existence. Founded in 1576, it is one of the oldest cities established by Europeans in the Southern Hemisphere. Built for Portuguese settlers, Luanda’s main commerce initially focused on slavery. Today expensive development projects have dramatically changed Luanda’s skyline. The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation, “Luanda: Landscapes and People”, a historical overview of the city, with Dr. Angela Mingas, Professor of Architecture at Lusíada University, on Thursday, October 2nd at 7:45 PM (note our new starting time) at the Viking Club.

Dr. Angela Mingas is an Architect and Writer as well as a specialist in Anthropology. She obtained her Master’s and Ph.D in Architectural Heritage. She has studied Education, Architecture and Anthropology at various institutions, including the Instituto Técnico Profissional de Educaçao in Angola, Escola de Belas Artes in Lisbon, Universidade Técnica and University of Oporto in Portugal. She is the Founder and coordinator of the School of Architecture and the Centre for the Study of Art, Architecture, Urbanism and Design at Lusíada University and is Director of the Research Center of Architecture at Lusíada University in Luanda. Since it was founded in 2006, she has been the Curator of the Forum of Architecture in Angola. As of 2009, she has worked as a Consultant to the Council of Ministers. 

Angela Mingas, photo courtesy Development Workshop.

Dr. Angela Mingas, photo courtesy Development Workshop.

Dr. Mingas is one of the organizers of Campanha Reviver, a campaign to preserve Luanda’s heritage and as part of this movement, will be organizing a historic City Tour for members of the Angola Field Group. Details available on Thursday.

Everybody is welcome to attend. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the Viking Bar which opens at 7:15 PM. Coupons must be purchased. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barra restaurant. You can download a map showing the location here on our website: https://angolafieldgroup.com/find-us.

For sale that night, books about Angola, in English and Portuguese.

Downtown Luanda.

Downtown Luanda.

Update: Please note this trip is now full.
The Associação Kalu has invited Angola Field Group members to join their special 

Historic City Tour SaturdayJanuary 26, 8h45 in celebration of the Day of the City of Luanda.
“Join us and learn a little bit more about Luanda!
To download the program (one page, English, PDF) click here.
Special Bus Tour – Luanda Historic Center – ” Cidade Alta e Cidade Baixa”  
Meeting point: The Calçadão at the entrance of Ilha de Luanda, in front of Clube Naval. 
  Tour takes approx. 2 to 3 hours depending on the duration of each stop. After The Tour, the bus returns to starting point.
Only 30 seats available!! Book yours now! Tickets: 1000 kwanzas. For more information or to book please contact: 
Associação Kalu – Equipa Passeios passeios.campanha.reviver@gmail.com or phone: 935724266
Group Tours are an excellent opportunity to get to know Luanda, its buildings and history! 
This tour is part of a larger event organized by Kalu Association.

Luanda International Film Festival kicks off Saturday, November 19 and runs to Wednesday, November 23, at Cine Atlantico and at Auditório Pepetela located in the Instituto Camões at the Portuguese Embassy. Visit www.ficluanda.org/index.php and www.ficluanda.org/programacao.php for details.

* indicates Angolan film

Cine – Atlântico

Dia 19 Saturday
15h00 – Arte Xavega- O Chamamento do Mar
15h35 – A Ponte uma Historia de Ferryboat Bagamoyo
16h15 – Hepicat ( Aquele que tudo vê)
16h30 – A menina dos olhos grandes
17h55 – Perro Flaco
19h40 – O Barão (The Baron)
Dia 20 Sunday
15h00 – Stocktown X Svdafrika
15h35 – Xilunguine, A terra prometida
16h10 – Alfama
16h30 – Taxi Sister
17h10 – Los Ulisses
18h33 – Le Bonheur d’Elza’s happiness
*19h55 – Os pastores do deserto
*20h20 – O contador de historias: Um passeio inesquecivel
Dia 21 Monday
15h00 – El Bohio
15h20 – Lobolo
15h50 – Secuencia 27
16h05 – La Mia Mantia
16h40 – Lingua Mãe
*19h00 – Quem Somos
*19h35 – Os Emplastros
Dia 22 Tuesday
15h00 – Fuera de Cuadro
15h15 – Ekwapa
15h25 – Voodoo
16h00 – Dina
16h30 – Mais Ruidoso que uma bomba
19h00 – Crianças em terra de ninguem
*19h50 – A Inocência de Mila
Dia 23 Wednesday
15h00 – Eden
16h10 – Garagouz
16h35 – Chikwembo
17h30 – Neve Shaanan
*19h00 – Viagem ao Kuroca
*19h35 – Forasteiro


International Section


Arte Xavega -O Chamamento do Mar : Paulo Cesar Fajardo – Portugal – 26 minutos – 2010
A Ponte uma historia do Ferryboat Bagamoyo : Diana Manhiça – Moçambique – 38 minutos – 2010
Stocktown X Svdafrika : Teddy Goitom – Eritreia/Suecia – 30 minutos – 2011
Xilunguine, A terra prometida : Inaldeso Cossa – Moçambique – 31 minutos – 2011
El Bohio : Carlos Y. Rodriguez – Cuba – 14 minutos – 2010
Lingua Mãe : Fernando Weller / Leo Falção – Brasil – 81 minutos – 2010
Fuera de Cuadro: Marcio Laranjeira – Argentina/Portugal – 10 minutos – 2010
Ekwapa : Luis Chaves – Moçambique – 5 minutos – 2010
Crianças em terra de ninguém : Anayansi Prado – EUA – 40 minutos – 2010
Eden: Daniel Blaufuks – Portugal – 67 minutos – 2011
Neve Shaanan: Hila Waldman – Israel – 33 minutos – 2010
Los Ulisses: Alberto Garcia Hortiz – Espanha – 83 minutos – 2011
Taxi Sister : Theresa Traoré Dahlberg – Senegal – 30 minutos – 2011 ESTREIA – saiba mais

Short Movies

Hepicat (Aquele que tudo Vê): Nuno Portugal – Portugal – 12 minutos – 2010
Lobolo: Michele Mathison – Moçambique – 27 minutos – 2010
Alfama: João Viana – Portugal – 16 minutos – 2010
Secuencia 27 : Eduardo Zamora – Costa Rica / Espanha – 11 minutos – 2011
La Mia Mantia: Andre Paduano / Giulio Vita – Italia/Espanha – 30 minutos – 2011
Voodoo: Sandro Aguilar – Portugal – 32 minutos – 2010
Dina: Mickey Fonseca – Moçambique – 23 minutos – 2010
Garagouz: Abdenour Zahzah – Argelia – 22 minutos – 2010

Feature Length Films

Perro Flaco: Ernesto Martin – Espanha – 95 minutos – 2011
A Menina dos Olhos Grandes : Alexis Tsafa / Fonseca Soares – Grecia/ Cabo Verde – 83 minutos – 2010
Le Bonheur D’Elza’s Happiness: Mariette Monpierre – Guadalupe – 78 minutos – 2011
Mais Ruidoso que uma bomba: Greg Jacobs / Jon Siskel – EUA – 97 minutos – 2010
Chikwembo: Julio Silva – Moçambique – 65 minutos – 2010
O Barão (The Baron): Edgar Pêra – Portugal – 94 minutos – 2011

* National Section


Quem Somos : Chico Junior – Angola – 30 minutos – 2010
Pastores do Deserto : Tando Minguiedy – Angola – 22 minutos – 2011
Viagem ao Kuroca : Nguxi dos Santos- Angola- 47 minutos – 2010


O Contador de Historia – Um Passeio Inesquecivel: Analtina Dias – Angola – 49 minutos – 2010
Forasteiro : Mafuta Paulo – Angola – 52 minutos – 2010

Feature Length

Por Aqui tudo Bem: Pocas Pascoal – Angola – 93 minutos – 2011 – Filme de Abertura do Festival
Os Emplastros : Alberto Botelho – Angola – 104 minutos – 2010
A Inocência de Mila : Kivoma Gerão – Angola – 97 minutos – 2010

Extra Films

Auditório Pepetela – Instituto Camões at Portuguese Embassy 19 – 23 November

Dia 19 – Saturday

15h45 – Giulia Non Esce la Sera; Giuseppe Piccioni – 100 minutos – Itália
17h30 – Diosos Rotos; Manuel Angueira – 110 minutos – Cuba

Dia 20 – Sunday

16h00 – Operacion Diablo – Sthephani Boyd, 70 minutos – Peru
17h30 – Das 9 às 5 – Rodrigo Lacerda / Rita Alcaire – 52 minutos – Portugal

Dia 21 – Monday

16h00 – Fordlândia; Maninho Andrade – 48 minutos – Brasil
16h50 – Malagasy Gospel; Carlos Esbert – 90 minutos – Espanha/Madagascar

Dia 22 – Tuesday

16h30 – Zao Arrive au Mbougui; David Pierre Fila – 55 minutos – RDC
17h30 – La mujer sin piano; Lola Mayo – 90 minutos – Espanha/França

Dia 23 – Wednesday

17h30 – Roble de Olor; Rigoberto Lopes – 138 minutos – Cuba

The future marginal.

What’s happening to ‘The Marginal’?  The downtown main street that runs along the bay has always been the favourite destination for families on a Sunday stroll or joggers exercising while watching the sun set. Now piles of dredged sand and wire fences have taken over Luanda’s favourite promenade.

The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation on The Development of Luanda’s Bay, at the Viking Club on August 25 at 8:00 PM with Kwame Gomes, a Project Manager with Baía de Luanda Project, “Projecto de Requalificação e Reordenamento Urbano da Zona Marginal”.

He will talk about the evolution of the project, the dredging, the sewage system, and the new squares and green spaces which will be developed. Kwame, who received his MSc. in Management at Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2007, will answer all your questions about the future of the Marginal and Luanda’s waterfront.

The road system below the Forteleza will look like this when  completed.

Indigenous Angolan soldiers on parade.

A home in Luanda, no high walls!

Herds of buffalo and elephants roaming Quiçama Park?
Cotton mills and coffee roasteries? Bull fights in Luanda? And no traffic jams in Luanda?  The Angola Field Group presents “A Trip down Memory Lane”, at the Viking Club, Thursday July 28 at 8 pm.

The Customs office indowntown Luanda.

The circle in Cruxeiro with a cross in the middle which was removed during Communist era.

Denis Sanche and Kelse Alexander, Angola Field Group team members will introduce and show a film composed of footage shot in Angola mostly in the 60’s and 70’s, spliced together by  somebody taking a nostalgic look at the country he left behind. This is not a documentary but the film gives an idea of what Angola and especially Luanda, was like during colonial times. The narration is in Portuguese and the sound track features Raúl Endipwo, a member of Duo Ouro Negro, a well known Angolan band in the 1970s.  The video shows clips from all the major Angolan centres including Huambo, Cabinda, Benguela, Namibe, etc. Don’t expect references to independence or the rising feeling of nationalism which existed during the time but do expect to be amazed by the Angola that existed back then. The film was produced in Portugal under the title, NO OUTRO LADO DO TEMPO.

Everybody is welcome to attend the presentation which will be in English. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar opens at 7:30 PM. If you would like to have a map showing the location of the Club, click here https://angolafieldgroup.com/find-us. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

The view of the Forteleza from the Ilha.

Policeman directing traffic downtown Luanda.

The post office, downtown across from the Rialto pizza, today is under renovations.

Before the war, Quicama National Park had the biggest number of Bicasa buffalo in the world.

All photos are taken from books no longer in circulation.

Big game hunting, cannibals, pioneering oil exploration, and vignettes from life in Angola in 1917-21 – that is the subject of  a special illustrated  presentation prepared for you by members of the Viking Club.  As a present to get you into a genial Christmas spirit, it will take place on 2 December at 20.00.

The presentation will be based on the fascinating memoirs of a young American geologist, Chan Beebe, who together with his wife Elizabeth, was sent by his company in 1917 to search for oil in what was then known as Portuguese West Africa.  Chan and his wife were genuine pioneers, exploring and recording their adventures in areas that few Europeans had ever ventured in.

From Chan’s account and the photographs he took, there emerges a vivid picture of how very much different life and nature
were in Angola just under a century ago. It also provides an insight into the mentality of the colonial period complete with the residual thinking inherited from the era of slavery and the passion for big game hunting which became associated with it. Chan nevertheless maintained a keen sense of humour and his stories and pictures of early Angola are guaranteed to enlighten and amuse.

The palatial home of Angola’s famous slave trader Dona Ana Joaquina, 1788 to 1859. At the time it was one of the largest houses in Luanda and today Luanda’s provincial courthouse stands on the site of Joaquina’s ‘palacio’. Scroll down to the next page and read the October 1 blog post to see what the building looks like today or click here: https://angolafieldgroup.com/2010/10/01/thursday-october-14-presentation-mulatta-slave-trader-dona-anna-joaquina.