Thursday 20 November 2014

Please join us and help us celebrate our traditional ‘Magusto’ (or Chestnut Celebration), Saturday (22nd) at 6pm in the Centre at St Paul's (Hills Road)!
The celebration of roasted chestnuts is associated with a legend, which says that a Roman soldier, known as Martin of Tours, once rode his horse by an almost naked beggar on a rainy day, and having nothing to give, he cut his cloak in half with his sword and gave it to him. Legend has it that at that exact moment it stopped raining, which is why, according to the legend, it is always sunny on St Martin's day - this is often referred to as "St Martin's summer".
As usual we will have the amazing Portuguese roasted chestnuts, and also some other traditional Portuguese snacks and drinks, including the wonderfully indulgent francesinhas from Porto (these last will be available at a small extra price; Entertainment will be guaranteed by popular music and traditional games!  
We are looking forward to see you all there!

When: 22nd of November, 6.00pm

Where: Lower Hall, of the Centre at St Paul's, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP (

Price: £3,00 for Members, £5,00 for Non-Members

Tuesday 4 November 2014

CUPORTSS Wine Tasting

After last year's success, we are delighted to present the 2nd Cambridge University Cambridge University Portuguese Speakers Society Wine Tasting event! We will have a large variety of wines from the Douro Valley, including white, red and Port and also many traditional Portuguese nibbles from this Region!

It will be on the 8th of November at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research (Downing Site), between 4pm to 7pm.

This event is part of the Day of Douro (details to be announced) and is sponsored by Portugalia Wines!

You can't miss it! Tickets purchased at the door and subject to room capacity.

£10 (CUPortSS member)
£12 (other guests)

Where: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research
When: 8th November 2015

Monday 13 October 2014

Fresher's Squash (19/10/2014, 5pm)

The Fresher’s Squash is the CUPortSS' event to welcome newcomers to Cambridge and to introduce them to the Cambridge University Portuguese Speakers Society.

If you have never been to an event organised by CUPortSS this is a great opportunity to come by and get to know us. If you have been in previous events, this is a great occasion to re-encounter familiar faces and meet new people.

Not sure if you are coming? Do you need an extra push? Here it is! There will be Portuguese food and wine (and music!). And everything is for free.

By the way, if you know any new Portuguese speaker or anyone interested in Portuguese-speaking countries’ culture in general, do let them know about this event! The more the merrier! We will be more than happy to help any newcomers, so if you have any questions just email us!

When: Sunday 19th October, 5pm
Where: Graduate Union, Cambridge,
Free Event

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Bike Ride to Saint Ives

After the great success of our last year's ride to Ely we are creating a new tradition of CUPORTSS' bike rides.

Inspired by the visit of the best Portuguese cyclists during the Tour de France Stage 3, we are now going to Saint Ives using the traffic free busway.

Saint Ives is a historic market town whose name is related to the body of a Persian Bishop called Saint Ivo who was found buried in the town in about 1001/2.

 It is 12 miles North East of Cambridge in a flat landscape so it is a ride suitable to everyone. We are planning a picnic there and a ride back to Cambridge in the afternoon.

This is not a race! Our peloton will be always compact and we will choose a speed that fits everyone. And there are no hills in the fens, so don't be afraid: You can do it! The tour is completely free!

You will need:

- A bike (always needed for bike tours)
- Food to share (for the picnic, but you can also buy something at Saint Ives)
- Helmet (not mandatory)
- Spare tube (you may get a puncture)
- Happiness (If you don't bring you will certainly get it in the end)


All riders in the Bike Ride to Ely do so entirely at their own risk. CUPORTSS and its agents cannot accept any responsibility for personal accident, loss, or damage to cycles, equipment and personal effects or any public liability. All riders are deemed to have accepted these conditions by entering the event.

Wednesday 2 July 2014

Santos BBQ - Celebrating "Santos Populares"

June is the month where the cities in Portugal light up to celebrate their Saints. Saint António is celebrated on the 13th, Saint João on the 24th and Saint Pedro on the 29th.
In Cambridge we will celebrate them all together in what promises to be a fantastic day!

Save the 6th of July to join us for the "Santos BBQ".
There will be plenty of delicious grilled sardines on bread, hamburgers, sangria, lively music, badminton, Portuguese (chinese) lamps and loads of fun!

Bring your friends and family and meet us at our gazebo on the southwest part of Jesus Green from 2.30pm.

Hope to see you there! Apareçam!

When: Sunday, 6th July
What time: 2:30 pm
Where: Jesus Green
Prices: £5 (CUPortSS members), £7 (non-members) - food and drinks included!

Monday 10 March 2014

Our second Film Night of 2014 will show "Florbela", a biographical film about the Portuguese poet Florbela Espanca, directed by Vicente Alves do Ó.Synopsis: Portugal, 1920. The third time is not a charm for Portuguese poet Florbela Espanca (1894-1930) who, on her third marriage, discovers that life as a housewife in the provinces will not soothe her restless soul. Florbela packs up her bags and joins her brother Apeles, a Naval Aviation official, in Lisbon. Together, they embrace a life full of parties, political protests, alcohol and, even, love. This superbly produced and very moving film introduces audiences to one of Portuguese’s literature most fascinating authors.

IMDB: 6.5/10
Date: Wednesday, 12th of March
Time: 7.30 pm
WhereDarwin College - TV Room

(Someone from the Society's committee will be at the entrance of the College from 7.15 pm until 7.30 pm and the Porter will tell you where the room is if you're late or can't find anyone).
Notes: All foreign language films showed by the CUPortSS are subtitled in English.

The room has a full capacity of 30 people (first come first served).

Carnival Party - 22nd of March

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Our biggest event of the year, the Festa de Carnaval will be on the 22nd March from 7pm at the Cambridge University Social Club. Dancing will be guaranteed by resident DJs! Get your best (or worst) mask on, have your picture taken in our crazy photo booth and dance the night away! There will be prizes for the best costume and best photo!

We will sell 100 tickets in advance, to guarantee a place to all CuPortSS members and friends. To book your place, please send an email to with “Advance ticket for Carnival party” as the subject (first-come first-served). Reserved tickets will be held at the ticket office until 9.30pm.

Date: Saturday, 22th of March
Time: 7pm
Price: CuPortSS Member: £5; Non-Member:£7
Where: Cambridge University Social Club

Saturday 1 February 2014

Film Night - A Gaiola Dourada

Our first Film Night of 2014 will show "The Gilded Cage - A Gaiola Dourada", a film by director Ruben Alves, that has been a success with audiences around Europe winning the Audience Award at the European Film Awards last year.

Join us for a night that promises a lot of laughs!

Synopsis: Maria (Rita Blanco) and José (Joaquim de Almeida) emigrated from Portugal 30 years ago. Ever since, they have lived in the modest ground floor lodgings of a chic apartment building in Paris, raising their now adult daughter and teenage son. They are universally liked around the community: Maria is the buildings concierge, always available even on her day off maintaining the high standards the inhabitants depend on. José, a building site foreman, is equally as indispensable to his boss (though both men are unaware that their son and daughter are secretly engaged). When José learns he has inherited the family winery and the couples dream of returning to Portugal is now possible, they are elated but struggle with how to tell those around them. However, word of the big news spreads anyway, and soon their family, neighbours, friends and employers are scrambling behind the scenes to find ways to prevent them from leaving. Richly informed by his own upbringing as the son of Portuguese immigrants in Paris, Alves warm-hearted, cross-cultural comedy features a terrific ensemble cast, spot-on comic timing and a thoroughly appealing central couple, whose dilemmas are portrayed with great tenderness and affection. Enthusiastically embraced by audiences upon release in April 2013, THE GILDED CAGE became the sleeper box office hit of the French spring, achieving over 1.2 million admissions in less than five weeks.

IMDB: 7.5/10

When: Tuesday, 4th of February
What time: 7.30 pm
Where: Emmanuel College, Queen's Building Lecture (
Prices: Free

Notes 1 : All foreign language films showed by the CUPortSS are subtitled in English.
Notes 2: Someone from the Society's committee will be at the entrance of the College from 7.15 pm until 7. 30 pm and the Porter will tell you where the room is if you're late or can't find anyone.

Tuesday 21 January 2014

New Committee members - 2014

From January the first the CUPortSS has a new elected committee with a new president: Ana Paula Rebocho.

The new members are:

President: Ana Paula Rebocho

 Secretary: Hazel Robins

Junior Treasurer: Joana Guedes

IT officer:
Miguel Torres

Event Officers:
Afonso Cabral
Eva Serrão
Joana Flores
Joana Martins
João Monteiro Afonso
Joel Alves
José Pedro Reis
Patrícia Santos
Rodrigo Santos