Mara Alves: Portuguese curator wants to ‘deliver a message’ through art

[VIDEO] When Mara Alves was a child, her mum gave her a book about legendary Spanish artist Salvador Dali. The collection of Dali’s work inspired Mara to pursue a career in the world of arts. Since then, she has tried everything from ceramics and pottery, to drawing and painting. 

João Costa: The Portuguese teacher helping others move abroad

[VIDEO] Born in Costa da Caparica, a beach town near Lisbon, João Costa was forced to leave his home country when he found himself jobless during the financial crisis. Like himself, many other teachers were left unemployed. In 2007, João took matters into his own hands and moved to London, where he now works as an Assistant Headteacher.

Ludmila: “You are happy because you are grateful.”

[PHOTOS] Born in the Portuguese capital, Ludmila has family from both Guinea and Cape Verde. But, over 10 years ago, she moved to the UK, where she completed high school and graduated with a French and Political Science degree from the University of Leeds.

Fátima Veloso: The Portuguese cleaner and cosmetics lover

[VIDEO] Born in the Portuguese city of Viseu, Fátima Veloso was left with no option but to leave her country when the factory she owned closed down. In 2003, she packed her bags and moved to the UK with her 4-year-old daughter. A year later, Fátima’s husband was able to join the family in London – where they have lived ever since.

Francisco Durães: The Portuguese food lover

[VIDEO] When you walk into O Cantinho de Portugal, a restaurant located in the heart of Stockwell, you might wonder if you are still in London. Owned by Francisco and Carla Durães, the restaurant looks, smells and feels like Portugal.