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Luanda International Jazz Festival returns

June 19, 2010

The Luanda International Jazz Festival will take place between Friday, 30 July to Sunday, 1 August, 2010. Headline acts this year are Cuban pianist Chucho Valdés and US vocalist Dianne Reeves.  More……… and more here too.

Procuro uma distribuidora para vender “O Bradt Guide to Angola” em Angola

May 24, 2010

Procuro uma distribuidora para vender “O Bradt Guide to Angola” em Angola através do fornecedora em África do Sul. Se for de interesse, entre em contacto comigo. Obrigado

Don’t forget : Artangola@Portuguese Festival in London next week

April 25, 2010
Sunday 2nd May 2010 at the Lost Theatre, 208 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 2JU

An invitational exhibition:

Bruno Santos (painter)
Exhibit starts at 12noon.
An Angolan artist based in Stoke on Trent with a truly wonderful soul, when you talk to Bruno he fills you with his optimistic nature. You walk away smiling… His paintings do the same. When others are moaning about there being no opportunity in the Uk, Bruno feels the UK has been a great place for him and now he feels that he needs to give something back.

Jose’ Batista (woodcraft).
Workshop from 14pm to 16pm
An Angolan artist based in Newcastle with more then 25 years of experience in the art of wood carving. The art of Angola derives from centuries of tradition and cultural rituals. The most famous symbols are wooden masks and sculptures, which are not only merely aesthetic creations, but play an important role in rituals that celebrate the passage from childhood to adulthood, the birth and the death, the new harvest, the hunting season, etc.

Angolan School of Theatre (representations of poems):
Poetry session from 16pm to 17pm

Fernando Pessoa – is one of the greatest and most representative poets of the twentieth century. To understand life, to give or to refuse it depends deeply on our feelings, perhaps more than on our reason. Pessoa’s poems are major examples of existentialist philosophy.

Viriato da Cruz – is one of the great contributor for the development of the Angolan literature, form and thematic of his work are characterized by having an enormous sense of African values.

Short video & Documentary from 17:30 to 18:15

‘Capoeira, dance or fight?’ (directed by Jose’ Fernandez)
A documentary about the history of capoeira, a tradition that have started in Africa and developed in Brazil.

‘Destino’ (directed by Jose’ Fernandes)
A short film shot at the heart of Luanda capital of Angola, featuring Mister K and Game Walla.

Everyone is welcome!

Ticket: £5 (all inclusive)

Package tours to Angola

April 2, 2010

Check out Unidscovered Destinations’ website for details of upcoming escorted tours to Angola. The Northern Explorer tour has departures in April and September.  The Southern Explorer tour has departures in May and August.

Restrictions on TAAG flying into Europe are further relaxed

March 30, 2010

The European Commission has  updated  the  list of airlines banned in the European Union. The restrictions placed on TAAG  are partially lifted and the airline is now allowed to operate under certain strict conditions with specific aircraft to all destinations in the EU, not just to Lisbon as previously.

Cheetahs confirmed in the Iona National Park

March 27, 2010

Despite the long civil unrest in Angola which threatened the lives of both humans and animals, the presence of cheetahs has been confirmed in the Iona National Park. More……….

Luanda’s amazing transformation

March 18, 2010

There are some pretty good and recent photos of Luanda here

Reshuffling Luanda’s Beijing connection

March 16, 2010

 As the President rearranges his government and calls for another crackdown on corruption, Beijing’s friends can take nothing for granted.

The news that José dos Santos da Silva Ferreira is to head a new super ministry which will oversee Chinese contracts and projects is a strong vote of no-confidence by President José Eduardo dos Santos in the former head of the Gabinete de Reconstrução Nacional, General Helder van Kopelilpa. Before the 8 February cabinet reshuffle, Kopelipa and the GRN had managed the US$6.5 billion in oil-backed credit lines that China has extended to Angola since 2004 and also the infrastructure projects that they have financed. Da Silva Ferreira, a relative Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola (MPLA) unknown, is now at the forefront of Sino-Angolan affairs. (This is a summary of an article from Africa Asia Confidential)

Como aproveitar bem Luanda

February 15, 2010

Se está a pensar viajar em negócios para Luanda, o Económico dá-lhe cinco dicas úteis para uma boa estadia. Leia mais……………

Bradt’s Mike Stead comments on the African Cup of Nations

February 3, 2010

Mike Stead, author of Bradt’s Angola, former Deputy Head of Mission and Consul at the British Embassy in Luanda, comments on events surrounding the African Cup of Nations.

AngolaAngola’s hopes of winning serious international respect were severely blunted when the Togolese national football squad was ambushed by Cabindan terrorists just days before the African Cup of Nations football championship opened in Luanda earlier this month. Three members of the Togolese party were killed and others seriously injured in an incident that should never have happened. Just why the squad took the most dangerous overland route into Angola is not known. Various factions of FLEC (the Cabindan separatists behind the attack) have long threatened foreigners in the oil-rich enclave of Cabinda and have threatened further attacks. It would be foolhardy of any commentator to declare any country safe from terrorism, but provided visitors avoid the interior of Cabinda province, they are far more likely to come to harm in a mugging or traffic accident than be caught up in terrorist related violence.

In a show of defiance, the Cup of Nations opened on schedule and every town and village has worked itself into football frenzy with Angola’s national colours of red, black and yellow on display everywhere. If Angola wins the cup, expect the party to go on for a week. The government is using the tournament to show off the billions of dollars it has spent over the last few years on bringing the infrastructure up to scratch – new schools and hospitals, new roads, railways, hotels, upgraded airports and brand spanking new Chinese-built stadia. There’s still much to be done – you don’t heal the mental and physical wounds of nearly 30 years of armed struggle with dollars, even when they are counted in billions. Angola is opening up and becoming an easier destination for experienced businessmen and travellers alike but mass tourism is still many years away due to the difficulty of getting visas, flights and cheap hotels.

Bradt’s Angola is the only English-language guide to the country and is essential reading for all visitors and residents.

Price: £17.99
ISBN: 978 1 84162 304 7
Publication: Out Now!

Angola : Desafios do novo ano

January 17, 2010

Entre muitos escolhemos 10 objectivos nacionais para o ano que agora começa. Ler todos……………………..

Luanda: Progress, only for some

January 12, 2010

African Cup host Luanda is booming with oil money and reconstruction projects eight years after the end of Angola’s civil war. But across the city bulldozers are razing shantytowns to make way for upmarket housing compounds, leaving thousands homeless. Watch the video…………

Togo attack in Cabinda – roundup of press coverage

January 9, 2010

For  international media coverage of the terrorist attack on the Togo team in the Angolan enclave of Cabinda check out these links:

The Guardian

Sky News

The star

The Scotsman



New York Times

Diario de Noticias


Pour ceux qui parlent le français……….

January 7, 2010

Pour ceux qui parlent le français, vérifiez ce site

Detailed information about Angola for visitors, residents and businessmen

January 7, 2010

If you find this site useful, you’l find even more detailed information about all aspects of Angola (and details of the CAN 2010 football championship)  in the Bradt Guide to Angola. The book is available from,, and many other on-line retailers and high street shops.

Angola is no longer the country with only one functioning escalator

January 7, 2010

I often described Angola as the country with only  one functioning escalator, until I was corrected that there were in fact two escalators – one up and one down. Now however it seems that the refurbished terminal building at Luanda airport has three escalators. One up, one down and a spare???

Angola remains a controversial Nations Cup host

January 6, 2010

Angola event in London on Tuesday 9 February

January 4, 2010


 The Travel Bookshop.

Angola by Mike Stead on Tuesday 9 February at 1900

Mike Stead is the author of the “Bradt Guide to Angola”.  He will be discussing living and travelling in a country which has only recently come out of a protracted civil war.

From the introduction:

“So what can the visitor expect when they go to Angola? The hackneyed phrase ‘war-torn Angola’ should be deleted and consigned to the recycle bin. (…) Angola is moving forward, reconstruction is taking place everywhere and there is a huge feeling of self-confidence, pride and optimism (…) Angola is keen to regain lost time and things are changing incredibly fast – travellers shouldn’t waste another minute if they are keen to see its raw beauty.”

He was recently interviewed by Sandi Toksvig on BBC  Radio 4’s Excess Baggage programme.

Tickets are £3 (includes wine). Contact the venue to reserve a place – The Travel Bookshop, 13-15 Blenheim Crescent, London W11 2EE, 0207 229 5260


Flights, visas, hotels, TV coverage, tickets etc for the CAN 2010 football championship in Angola

January 3, 2010

Over the last few weeks I have been posting lots of articles about the CAN championship on this site. The easiest way to find the older entries is simply to click the blue CAN 2010 link in the tag cloud on the right hand side of this page.

Bradt Guide to Angola now available in the USA

January 1, 2010 and Barnes and Noble now have the book in stock. Sorry you’ve had to wait so long for it.