Christmas music will invade Lisbon in December and light up this holiday season.
Christmas is just round the corner and the closer we get to that special night, the nearer are the events that will animate Lisbon’s evenings and late afternoons.
Part of these events are the already traditional Christmas Concerts. With a repertoire of mainly sacred music, the Christmas Concerts are a symbiosis of music and the cultural heritage of Lisbon’s churches.
It is a journey through the city’s rich ecclesiastical heritage, where art and spirituality converge in a varied musical program:
9th - Museu de São Roque “Songs of St Mary”, Os Músicos do Tejo - 9:30pm
10th - Igreja do Colégio de São João de Brito - Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional - 4pm
11th - Igreja da Graça “Christmas in two Hemispheres”, Coro Riccercare - 4pm
13th - Cinema São Jorge Escola de Música do Conservatório Nacional - 9:30pm
15th - Aeroporto de Lisboa “One cold night…”, Universidade de Lisboa Junior Chior - 7:30pm
16th - Igreja de Santo Agostinho a Marvila - Lyrical Fado – Christmas Concert - 9:30pm
17th - Igreja de São Domingos Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa Choir and Symphonic Orchestra - 9:30pm
Exhibitions not to miss in November
Reinforcing Lisbon’s vitality in Europe’s cultural scene, November arrives with several exhibitions from different artistic expressions. Here are our favorite ones.
Moved by philosophical ideas that value knowledge, discovery and discipline, Charles and Ray Eames began their partnership in 1941 and embraced the potential of technology and science to contribute to the common good. This exhibition explores the diversity of their worlds and presents a large body of their pioneering work and their influence in the field of design. The exhibition takes place at MAAT-Museu de Arte Arquitetura e Tecnologia and the entrance is free.
On the second half of the 20th century, photography sought to capture and document our memory of the city, through its views, streets, squares and monuments. The Fundo Antigo do Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa/Fotográfico, responsible for the exhibition “Lisboa, Uma Grande Surpresa” (“Lisboa, A Great Surprise”) has exactly this goal in mind in a systemized, detailed overview of ten years of work (1898 to 1908). You can visit the exhibition at the Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa/Fotográfico and the entrance is free.
The artist André Sier presents his first solo exhibition with the interactive installation “Atlantis (Sólon Interface)” and paintings “Atlantis Maps (Carbon dated circa -9600)”, new works using the languages of digital art. André Sier creates here an interactive audiovisual piece composed of three distinct elements: a projection inspired by a the kind of framework seen in videogames, seven paintings in acrylic boxes, and prototypes of study maps of digital graphics, printed on canvas and incorporating non-functioning electronic elements. The exhibition takes place at the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea do Chiado.
October at the Gulbenkian
October will be a month full of music at the Gulbenkian. The Grand Auditorium will host piano, violin and violoncello concerts.
We highlight the most relevant events and, here, you can check the complete program:
1 - Mediterranean Night
- Resident artist at the Gulbenkian Foundation during the 2010/11 season, the French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras returns to the Grand Auditorium with a project in which he is joined by the Chemirani brothers, percussionists of Iranian origin, and the Greek Sokratis Sinopoulos.
7 - Martha Argerich / Cuarteto Quiroga
- This is a long-awaited return to Gulbenkian as the pianist Martha Argerich brings us a concert special in every way: not only will she share the stage with the highly prestigious Cuarteto Quiroga, but she will also perform a Partita by Bach as a soloist, a rare concession.
18 - India’s Virtuoso Violin / L. Subramaniam
- On October 18th, it is time to receive the artist known as the “Paganini of Indian classical music”. L. Subramaniam is a virtuoso violinist whose status as a reference in Southern Indian music earned him the role of soloist on the soundtrack of Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha.
26 - Giovincello by Edgar Moreau - Il pomo d’oro
- Another return following its concert in April 2015 with violinist Dimitry Sinkovsky, the baroque orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro returns to the Gulbenkian Foundation to present a program recorded with the French violinist Edgar Moreau.
30 - Fantasies and Metaphors / Sunday Concerts
- With a remarkably vast repertoire from J. S. Bach to Lutoslawski, cellist Antonio Meneses has also sought to expand it beyond the works of the past, regularly commissioning new works for cello from contemporary composers.
After three sold out editions, Fado returns to Caixa Alfama.
The 4th edition of the Festival Caixa Alfama celebrates, once again, the Fado music, in the heart of Alfama, in Lisbon, in homage to the Portuguese culture with top Fado artists, over two nights in one of the most emblematic neighbourhoods of the city.
In 2013, Caixa Geral de Depósitos and the promoter Música no Coração united to embrace the challenge of creating the first Fado
Festival. Festival Caixa Alfama was born.
The 4th edition of Caixa Alfama, will take place during the 23rd and 24th of September and, hopefully, it will last in the memory of those who attend the concerts, reinforcing the reason why in 2011, Fado was considered Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, by UNESCO.
The festival will take place in 10 separate venues, with over 40 artists of different generations such as Carminho, Gisela João, Raquel Tavares, Ricardo Ribeiro, FF and Maura Airez, as well as Marina Mota, Cláudia Madur and Marco Rodrigues, a group that best represents, interprets, and disseminates Fado, as a genuine element of the Portuguese culture.
Find here the complete program of Caixa Alfama.
Lisboa na Rua 2016
Lisbon faces the end of the summer season in a cultural mode. The event “Lisboa na Rua 2016” will take place in various locations across town, from August 25th to October 1st, the perfect way to say goodbye to the summer.
Like in the song “Nome da Rua”, the famous Amália sings about a quiet street in Lisbon where the shadow of a poet suddenly embraces us, and as in this verse “Lisboa na Rua 2016” will embrace, streets, squares and corners of the city with music, poetry, literature, cinema, exhibitions and theatre.
Fado, jazz, classical music, video art and performances in a festival with free entrance, where the streets are the stage for the major orchestras, normally heard only in auditoriums, but at the same time hosts jazz performances from other cities.
This is the festival where Carlos do Carmo, Camané and Gisela João’s fados come across with French indie music, and where a garden is dedicated to sound art, and another to an outdoor cinema.
It all takes place in the late afternoon and evening, when Lisbon’s corners are transformed and set to enchant and inspire all vacationers and those who are getting ready to go back to work.
Lisbon Music Fest
If you are a music lover here’s one more reason to visit Lisbon this summer, the Lisbon Music Fest.
On this second edition, the Lisbon International Youth Music Festival (Lisbon Music Fest) will take place in July and August, bringing together talented young musicians from all over the world, for fun, fresh and exciting performances mainly in Lisbon but also in Peniche, Batalha, Elvas, Évora and Coimbra.
Featuring youth Orchestras, Choirs and Jazz Big Bands this unique festival will take place in some of the most beautiful and outstanding settings of Lisbon, such as Antiga Igreja do Carmo and Ajuda National Palace, resulting in special concerts providing multicultural experiences, promoting creativeness within young talented musicians, much beyond our imagination.
This will also be a great opportunity for all participants to get to know the city, exploring its monuments and surroundings, experience its vibrant atmosphere, tasting its delicious food or enjoying its wonderful beaches.
Festival ao Largo
Lisbon is preparing a summer full of music and Festival ao Largo is one of the highlights, from the 8th to the 30th of July.
It’s that special time of year when the best music, opera, dance and theatre invade the Largo de São Carlos, with the artistic directors Patrick Dickie (São Carlos National Theatre) and Luísa Taveira (National Ballet Company) at the helm.
On its 8th edition Festival ao Largo is already a summer classic and this year, on the top of the line-up, it will have performances by the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, the Choir of the São Carlos National Theatre and the National Ballet Company.
Invited to get on the stage of Largo de São Carlos are the Gulbenkian Orchestra (on the 21st) and the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra (on the 10th), this edition’s goal is to recapture the spirit of the grand symphonic concerts.
Discover here the complete program.
As part of the celebrations of its 60th anniversary, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation organized a special cultural program that will last all summer: the Summer Garden.
Established in 1956 as a Portuguese foundation for the whole of humanity, the Foundation’s original purpose focused on fostering knowledge and raising the quality of life of people throughout the fields of the arts, charity, science and education.
Celebrating its 60th anniversary the Foundation organized a summer full of activity with concerts, films, workshops, reading sessions and other events.
From June 23rd onwards, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation invites to an artistic occupation of the Gulbenkian Garden, with the goal of encouraging circulation through its outdoor spaces – the open air Amphitheatre and other less conventional spaces that will host small concerts, reading sessions and workshops – and in venues such as the Grand Auditorium, the Headquarters Temporary Exhibition Gallery and the Multipurpose Room of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum / Modern Collection, integrating educational and social and community intervention projects into its range of proposals.
June has started and like in every other year, filled with festivities, the Festas de Lisboa have come and will last until June 30th.
Every month is a good month to visit Lisbon but, if you have to choose, June is typically one of the most animated months. This year will be no different, music, fun, grilled sardines and lots to see and do from the 1st thru June 30th.
Lisbon’s historic districts will be more vibrant than ever, with all kinds of traditional and colorful events. The highlights of the festivities are, undeniably, the nights of June 12th and 13th, when districts such as Alfama, Castelo, Mouraria, Bica and Bairro Alto take the lead in the celebrations.
Visitors are invited to taste the typical grilled sardines, sing along to popular folk songs and collect the rhymes and verses hidden in basil plants known here as “manjerico”.
One cannot forget the Marchas Populares. Down the Avenida da Liberdade the popular marches of each Lisbon district will compete among each other, but above all they will bring color, music and joy to Lisbon’s downtown.
But, this is just part of the program, as there will be many other cultural events to enjoy, fado, jazz, cinema or theatre, there’s plenty to choose from and the only rule is to have fun.
Do you need more reasons to visit us? Click here for the complete program.
Rock in Rio Lisboa
Rock in Rio celebrates its 30th anniversary and is back to Lisbon for 5 days of music in the unique setting of the Bela Vista Park.
Rock in Rio is, for sure, the biggest music festival in the world and has been a part of the world’s music history with 16 festivals and an audience of more than 8 million.
It all started in Rio de Janeiro, in 1985, in a time that Brazil was undergoing major changes. After a long period under a military dictatorship, the country began to take the first steps towards democracy. In this scenario, where all South American countries were living in similar conditions, Brazil would be the first country to host a musical event of this nature.
And the event wasn't born small! Conceived by the entrepreneur Roberto Medina, it slowly conquered not only Brazil, but also Portugal, Spain and the USA, always with the aim of bringing all music genres to the widest public possible.
More than a musical event, Rock in Rio became much bigger and now it deals with issues such as sustainability, social and environmental responsibility, with a commitment to heightening people’s awareness through small daily gestures and thus making the world a better place.
This year, Rock in Rio Lisboa will feature, as usual, some of the world’s greatest singers and musicians including Bruce Springsteen, Queen, Hollywood Vampires, Korn, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Mika, Fergie, and Portuguese groups D.A.M.A., Capitão Fausto and Xutos e Pontapés.
Belém Art Fest is back!
The Portuguese cultural festival is back for 2 days and 2 nights of an unique experience that will bring to the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos,Museu Nacional de Arquelogia, Museu Colecção Berardo and Praça do Império a diverse and 100% Portuguese program.
With the goal of promoting new musical talents and innovative projects, the festival’s 5th edition represents a fusion between Portuguese culture and music, dance, workshops, gastronomy, handicraft and much more.
Check out the complete program for the Belém Art Fest, here.
Indie Lisboa 2016 - International Festival of Independent Cinema
Prepare yourself for an 11 days’ journey through Portuguese and foreign independent films.
The IndieLisboa had its first edition in 2004, its singular and wide-ranging program of international cinema was welcomed by the city and its public alike, with open arms.
IndieLisboa has given the general public the exceptional opportunity to see both Portuguese and foreign films, which otherwise would never be seen as they rarely make it onto the so-called mainstream commercial circuit.
IndieLisboa’s main objectives are to encourage authorial creation, boost the circulation of the films and authors - nationally and internationally - and to promote Portuguese cinema in the world. IndieLisboa aims to bring contemporary cinema closer to the greatest number of people.
For the 2016’s edition, one of the directors to be honored will be Paul Verhoeven in the Independent Hero section. In collaboration with the Portuguese Cinemateca - Cinema Museum, this is the very first full retrospective in Portugal dedicated to Verhoeven’s films, the filmmaker who placed violence and sex at the service of political and social criticism. IndieLisboa shall display 21 of the director’s short and full-length films.
Find here the complete program of IndieLisboa 2016.
“Somos Fado, parte I”
The Fado Museum is currently displaying (until September 18th), the exhibition by Pedro Guimarães, “Somos Fado, parte I”.
Born in 1974, Pedro Guimarães portrays the most outstanding Fado characters in works where drawing is only a starting point, and the number of approaches and dimensions used allows multiple readings.
The viewer is challenged by the work: its movement in space makes the visitor discover either two-dimensional figure or, sometimes, a picture in three dimensions, making this exhibition a permanent provocation to the senses.
The artist uses a wide variety of tools with particular emphasis to recycling materials, using the exceedance of his works to create new ones. Pieces of canvas and wood are the basis of the pictures of Antonio Zambujo, Ricardo Ribeiro and Carlos Paredes, and a wooden pallet fixed the design of Alfredo Marceneiro.
In his creations Pedro Guimarães also reuses traditional materials such as the Renda Portuguesa or musical instruments, as in his most emblematic work: Amalia Rodrigues portrayed in a stunning 70 Portuguese Fado guitars and violas installation, an installation which is also a musical instrument.
Fine Arts of the Academy - An unknown collection
Until March 29th, the Gallery D. Luís, of the Ajuda National Palace, displays the exhibition Fine Arts of the Academy, an exhibition that aims to celebrate the 180th Anniversary of the National Academy of Fine Arts.
The National Academy of Fine Arts is the heir of the former Fine Arts Academy in Lisbon, founded by the young Queen D. Maria II and Manuel da Silva Passos (Passos Manuel) in 1836, at the time of the “Setembrista” revolution.
The goals of the current Academy were expressed, clearly, in the decree-law no. 20,977, of March 5th, 1932, that restored the Academy nearly a century after its foundation - "The crisis of guidance, which the fine arts is currently in, the remedy for this evil must come mainly from the work of an institution which, using the highest values of expertise, can then be able to struggle with leverage against all excesses, fixing what deserves to be fixed.”
Displayed to the public, for the first time, the exhibition Fine Arts of the Academy includes 147 unpublished works of painters, sculptors and renowned architects, selected according to its historical significance and technical and aesthetic quality.
This is an opportunity to see pieces by artists such as Eugénio dos Santos, Cristino da Silva and Raul Lino in the field of architecture, Lagoa Henriques, Machado de Castro and José de Guimarães in the field of sculpture, and Domingos Sequeira, Dórdio Gomes and Vieira Portuense in the field of painting, among many others.
Carnival in Portugal
Portugal has a big carnival tradition, which has evolved over the centuries of its existence and continues to bring crowds to the streets.
The most important Portuguese carnivals are the ones of Estarreja, Madeira – which was curiously from where the immigrants who would lead the Carnival tradition to Brazil came -, Ovar, Loulé, Sines and, in the surroundings of Lisbon, Loures, Sesimbra and, of course, Torres Vedras one of the oldest in Portugal.
Portugal continues to invest in the carnival parades and tries to preserve most of their cultural identity, with caricatures of political figures and giant puppets.
This is one of the most famous Portuguese carnivals, known as the most Portuguese of all, for preserving their traditions without copying other countries. Torres Vedras had its first big street carnival organized, in 1912, by the Republicans, who replaced the “Procissão das Cinzas” (in English: Ash Procession) by the “Enterro do Entrudo” (in English: the Carnival's burial).
With a long tradition dating back to 1934, it has the largest organized carnival group in the country, a tradition that has grown over the years. Initially, the carnival festivities characterized by the parade of the “Cegadas”, street theater protests, scathing and ironic that criticized local or national situations. Currently, the Loures Carnival, with 15 floats and about 1,200 extras, is considered one of the most important in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area and in the country.
Sesimbra Carnival is one of the most important Portuguese carnivals and has positioned itself as one of the cultural and social times more significant in the city. It is distinguished in the celebration of the festivities with the participation of six Samba schools and two recreational groups.
“A Adoração dos Magos – Let’s put Sequeira in his rightful place”
Taking a step further in the existing partnership with the National Museum of Ancient Art, the Hotel Avenida Palace joined the project "Let's put Sequeira in his rightful place."
Of modest origins, Domingos António Sequeira, was the son of a boatman, born in Belém, Lisboa, where he attended the course in Figure Drawing in the Aula Regia and worked as a decorator.
Thanks to the early revelation of his talent, he received a pension from D. Maria I in 1788, which allowed him, when he was 20 years, to leave for Italy on a scholarship in order to perfect his art, socializing with the best teachers and receiving academic awards.
After two stays in Paris, he returned to Rome where he dedicated himself to a remarkable series of four religious paintings that state the peak of his career and which expresses the freedom of his creative genius: in an extraordinary artistic testament in which stands the "A Adoração dos Magos ".
By the prodigious modeling of the figures and light, and the composition of the structure, "A Adoração dos Magos" is, as in 1837 claimed a Roman scholar, an absolute capolavoro, a masterpiece. It is a visionary work that shows an essential mark of the painter's style: his huge capacity for synthesis between the classical and the romantic.
And so, in 2015, emerged the unique opportunity to integrate at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (MNAA) collection - next to the respective card and study designs - an exceptional work of the Portuguese heritage "A Adoração dos Magos".
But to acquire this painting, the MNAA needs the commitment and participation of the Portuguese people. In a pioneer initiative, the Museum wants to invite all Portuguese to sponsor the work and, with this collaboration, put Sequeira in his rightful place, to ensure that 2015 will be inscribed in history as the year in which, for the first time, a work of art was purchased for a museum by all Portuguese, the year in which each of us became patrons.
The Hotel Avenida Palace has already made its contribution, make yours at: http://patrocinar.publico.pt/
Há Fado no Cais - CCB
The cycle Há Fado no Cais began in late 2012 when the Museu do Fado and the CCB imagined bringing the popular Lisbon song to a unique space that is the Centro Cultural de Belém.
With the Fado came the traditional and original sounds, the typical and philosophical lyrics, the singers on an early stage of their carriers... and the ones that will never leave it, the musicians, the stories. All this is done in each one of the concerts, making each show an enchanted night to treasure forever.
In 2016 the performances will be held at the Grande Auditório of the CCB by names such as: José Manuel Neto, Marco Rodrigues, Camané, Raquel Tavares, Helder Moutinho and Pedro Moutinho, and at the Pequeno Audiório: Marco Oliveira, Carolina, António Vasco Moraes, Vania Conde, Luis Guerrero and Matilde Cid.
The choice is difficult, we know, and so the best is to go to as many concerts as you can and there are different packages that will give better deals if you’re attending several concerts.
Find out the complete program of Há Fado no Cais.
Lisbon Christmas Market
For the second year in a row, Lisbon will host a Christmas Market. Until December 24th, the Praça do Município will be the center of Lisbon’s Christmas. With varied Christmas experiences and unique and surprising moments, this is the place to visit, either alone or with your family.
Considered as one of the best in Europe, the Lisbon Christmas Market will have attractions such as the Santa Claus House, the Elves Workshop or the Candy Island and, of course, the Parisian carousel, which will delight the children.
With lots of entertainment on the premises, such as magic, juggling and fire shows, among other surprises, the Christmas Market is one of Lisbon’s highlights of the season.
Portuguese cuisine will also be part of this market, with several chefs as guests for moments of “show cooking”.
Last, but not least, music will have an important role in the Christmas market, from jazz to fado, through traditional music, pop and even Christmas choirs, the offer will be diverse.
Lisbon is celebrating Christmas and from December 5th to the 19th a series of free concerts will take place in several churches across the city.
Christmas is a time for reflection, for catching up with friends, co-workers and family and for celebration and what better way to do it than listen to music.
“Christmas in Lisbon”, a program created by the City Hall combines, once again, music with religious heritage, art and spirituality, for a cycle of concerts suitable for the entire family, in churches all over the city.
Please find below the complete program:
05 - Church of Nª Sra. Auxiliadora |“The Tagus Choir” – 9.30pM
06 - Church of S. Nicolau | “Capella Coronensis” – 4pm
11 - Church of S. Roque | “Portuguese Chamber Orchestra” – 9.30pm
12 - Church of S. Cristóvão |”Concertos Antiquos” – 4pm
13 - Graça Church |”The Tagus Players & The Choir of the Lisboa College of Music” – 4pm
13 - São Luiz Municipal Theatre|”The Academic Metropolitan Orchestra and the Choir of the New University of Lisboa” – 5.30pm
17 - Cinema S. Jorge |“School of Music of the National Conservatory” 6pm and 9pm
18 - Church of S. Vicente | “The General Choir and the Symphonic Orchestra of the National Conservatory” – 9.30pm
19 - Church of São Domingos| “Closing Concert” – 7.30pm
The Hotel Avenida Palace’s APP
The new app of the Hotel Avenida Palace is now available in the IOS and Android stores.
It is an additional way for the Hotel Avenida Palace to reach its Guests, providing an extra point of contact and further information about the hotel and the city of Lisbon.
The app includes, in addition to the description of the hotel and its services, a “Booking Engine” which allows to make an easier and faster online reservation.
It also offers a set of georeferenced “Points of Interest” that will accompany you on your tour thru the city. Some of these points of interest are grouped in an even manner, allowing the creation of thematic “Routes” that will make your discovery of Lisbon extra special.
Concert at the Royal Riding School
This weekend, the Hotel Avenida Palace recommends a trumpets concert at the Royal Riding School of the National Coach Museum.
On Sunday at 17h - on St. Cecilia’s Day, the patron saint of Music, the Museum welcomes, once again, at the old Royal Riding Arena, a concert by the group Trumpets Ensemble.
The themes will be interpreted with the trumpets of the Charamela Real of the National Coach Museum, an event with free entrance.
Wolfgang Haas, sonata n-1
The Earl of Oxford March, William Byrd
Ewazen, prelude and Fugue
Trumpet Salutations, Nigel Combees
Fanfarra Festiva, Jorge Salgueiro
When the saints go marching in, Popular
Burt Locks, Mov.1,5,2
Sonata n-1 and 36 of the Charamela Real, originals from the eighteenth century
Colecção Berardo (1960-1980)
In November, the Berardo Collection Museum will present the museum’s collection devoted to the period from 1960 to 1990.
The exhibition follows a chronological order and groups the most significant artistic movements of the neo-avant-garde era, such as Minimalism, Conceptualism, Post-Minimalism, Land Art or Arte Povera, among others. Visitors can enjoy works by artists of diverse cultural expressions and varied contexts who helped to build the history of art of the last century.
According to the Museum Artistic Director, Pedro Lapa, if until the 1970s it was still possible to pinpoint the characteristics of a work of art in terms of these movements, in the following years, the very idea of an artistic movement lost its pertinence and gave way to a proliferation of artistic discourses, open to various readings, some of which are presented here.
In permanent exhibition on floor -1, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 7pm. For further information, please visit Museu Berardo.
Exhibition – Quando Lisboa Treme
Marking the 260 years of the biggest disaster ever seen in Lisbon, the exhibition “Quando Lisboa Treme”, an initiative of the City Council, will show you a different view about the event that changed the city forever.
Drawings on the 1755’s earthquake and on city prevention, models from the famous 'Gaiola Pombalina', water pumps used at the time, an interactive seismic platform, earthquakes measuring equipment and illustrations of the civil protection’s activities are some of the materials that make up the exhibition "Quando Lisboa Treme” – de 1755 à Cidade Resiliente (When Lisbon shakes – from 1755 to the resilient city), which will open on November 1st, at the Museu de Lisboa/Pavilhão Preto.
The earthquake of November 1st, 1755, was the most striking by the impact and in the collective memory of the Portuguese, it caused the destruction of a significant portion of Lisbon and it was considered by some scholars as the largest earthquake documented in the history of Europe.
One of the pretexts of the exhibition is to promote a better understanding of the characteristics associated with hazards and risks of earthquakes and today’s responses.
The exhibition will be in display up to March 1st, 2016. Come and find out more about an important piece of Lisbon’s history.
French Film Festival
The magic of cinema is in town, the 16th edition of the French Film Festival amplifies our spirits with a French cultural showcase.
There will be no less than 18 cities hosting these year’s French Film Festival: Almada, Aveiro, Beja, Braga, Caldas da Rainha, Coimbra, Évora, Faro, Guimarães, Leiria, Lisboa, Portimão, Porto, Santarém, São Pedro do Sul, Seixal, Setúbal and Viana do Castelo.
As usual, allowing an approach and rediscovery of all genres of French film production such as: comedies, dramas, documentaries, fiction, crime and animation, the French Film Festival presents a unique, diverse and rich program, this year featuring 40 premieres 7 of which world premieres.
The festival is also an opportunity to discover, or rediscover, the great classical film authors with Jacques Doillon. Editor, director, actor, producer and screenwriter, this grand French filmmaker will be in Lisbon for a retrospective of his work, presented in a partnership with Cinemateca Portuguesa, from October 10th to 17th.
Last, but not least, a special attention to the young and talented generation of French filmmakers presenting 15 film debuts, and also to the next generation audience, with numerous educational sessions for the little ones, on each city.
Mala Voadora - Festival
This week the Centro Cultural de Belém, presents a show by Mala Voadora, the Festival.
"Festival" is a science fiction show. The action takes place in an office, where you can enter and exit through some doors. In this office, there are four people working. Dedicated to the task of imagining what life after death could be, and their professionalism is measured through their speculative capacity (ideas like heaven or reincarnation will seem tasks for inexperienced workers). They devote their time to the not-yet- imagined.
Cristiano Ronaldo in Lisbon
The museum of the best Portuguese football player of the moment and one of the best in the world is in Lisbon, the CR7Museum.
The CR7 Museum combines two components, the Travelling Museum which will be touring the world to meet all Cristiano Ronaldo’s fans, and the main museum in Funchal in Madeira.
The Travelling Museum is the new element of the CR7 Museum and was released in the summer of 2015 having its first appearance in the Algarve.
It tells the story of the football player Cristiano Ronaldo from his birth until the present day, both on and off the pitch. Visitors can have guided tours and hear stories told in first hand by childhood friends of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Besides presenting Cristiano Ronaldo’s career, photos, trophies’ gallery and victories’ chronology, the Museum provides a specific area to replicate some exercises like the zig-zag race, the head impetus and the famous shot.
The museum will be at Marquês de Pombal until October 15th and features the Golden Shoe and Golden Ball awards.
European Heritage Days 2015
As part of the European Heritage Days 2015, Parques de Sintra, the entity that manages the monuments in Sintra, is offering free guided technical tours to the Torre do Relógio (Clock’s Tower) of the Palácio Nacional da Pena.
The visits will take place on September 25th and aim to introduce the newly repaired mechanism from the eighteenth century, the Relógio Monumental, and will allow guests to enjoy the view from the top of the tower terrace.
The historical contextualization of this unique timepiece will include the events that damaged the historical watch, which has been inoperative for the last 25 years. The presentation will also include technical details that involved the entire recovery process and that allowed the recovery of its original function.
Foto: PSML | Emigus
The first Panhard & Levassor on display at the Museu dos Coches
The Automóvel Clube de Portugal (ACP) is organizing the celebration of 120 years of the entry of the first car in Portugal, a Panhard & Levassor from 1895, owned by ACP and on permanent display at the Museu de Transportes e Comunicações.
The year was 1895 and the first automobile arrives to Portugal, a vehicle of the brand Panhard & Levassor, imported from Paris by the IV Count of Avilez.
With an engine cylinder of 1290 cc, a capacity of 4 horsepower and 750 rpm (rotations per minute), the car could reach a top speed of 20 km per hour.
At the time, the arrival of this strange “merchandise” to Lisbon customs services immediately raises a curious question about what customs tax to apply: was it an agricultural machine or a “locomobile” (steam-driven machine)? At the time, the decision was for the latter definition, a “locomobile” would be more appropriate.
Its various components were assembled in a carriage workshop in downtown Lisbon and then its first journey starts, the destination: Palmela.
From September 1st, on display at the National Coach Museum, the Panhard will illustrate the evolution from the horse cars to the first cars without horses.
Lisboa na Rua
From August 20th to September 20th, Lisbon, with its public squares and gardens, is the city chosen as the stage for the 7th edition of Lisboa na Rua.
This is the seventh edition of the event that turns Lisbon’s public spaces into authentic concert halls.
In August and September, residents and visitors can enjoy a diverse and eclectic program, designed to suit all tastes.
In addition to the usual big bands’ concerts and to the classic Fitas na Rua, this year there are novelties such as the Fado concerts in
Largo de São Carlos , or Kiosquorama , interventions that aim to enhance the squares and gazebos of Lisbon.
These are some of this year’s suggestions:
Jazz - A arte da Big Band 2015, every Thursdays
Noites de verão - Chiado Museum in Jardim das Esculturas at 7.30pm
Kiosquorama - Praça José Fontana - August 22nd & 23rd at 7pm
Cinema - “Fitas na Rua”, Saturday & Sunday at 10pm
Clássicos na Rua 2015 - every Saturday
Vicente ‘15 - Sacred, Body and Image
Fado - Sou do Fado
FUSO - International Lisboa Video Art Festival
MOSTRAI – Dias de Cultura 2015
Lisbon continuous its cultural journey and July will be no different. The action will take place very close to the hotel, in two animated weeks.
In Mostrai – Dias de Cultura 2015, at the Teatro da Trindade, in Chiado, works by various associations in areas such as theater, music, cinema, traditional and cultural arts, are taken to the stage.
An initiative promoted by Fundação INATEL, which has centered its intervention in the cultural area for the support and encouragement of traditional cultural practices.
The program will be as follows:
18 - TEATRO
20h45 - Animação de rua - Companhia Marimbondo
21h30 - Judite (90’) produção ACAD
19 - ARTES TRADICIONAIS
18h00 - Pedro Mestre e Grupo Coral Os Cardadores - “Campaniças do Despique”
22 - CINEMA
19h00 - Bordados de Viana de Carlos Eduardo Viana; As saudades que eu já tinha da minha rica casinha, de Ana Casimiro e Ana Gil; O fio do casulo, de Ana Casimiro e Ana Gil
20h30 – Património imaterial e o papel do audiovisual - Conversa com Jacinta Oliveira (Fundação INATEL), Clara Bertrand Cabral (Comissão Nacional da UNESCO), José Barbieri (Memoriamedia e-Museu do Património Cultural Imaterial)
23 - MÚSICA
21h30 - Jazz Cantat / Lisboa Cantat
24 - CINEMA
16h00 - Sessão de curtas-metragens infantis - Filminhos à solta
17h30 - Oficina de construção de um Flipbook (Bar do Teatro da Trindade)
25 - TEATRO
21h30 – “No dia em que te foste, arranquei o meu coração e dei-o a comer aos porcos”
26 - MÚSICA E ARTES TRADICIONAIS
17h00 - Banda Musical Gouveense Pedro Amaral Botto Machado
17h50 - Orquestra de Harmónicas de Ponte de Sôr
Super Bock Super Rock 2015
Celebrating its 20th anniversary the Super Bock Super Rock reinvents itself and returns to Lisbon.
With is first edition held in 1995, Super Bock Super Rock is a success story of longevity. For this 20th edition the festival leaves the Herdade do Cabeço da Flauta, in Meco, where the festival was held in the last couple of years and returns to Lisbon, now to Parque da Nações.
The festival will have 4 stages: Super Bock Stage at Sala Atlântico, Tejo Hall will receive the electronic sounds, Stage EDP will be in Pavilhão de Portugal and the 4th stage will be Stage Antena 3 at the Doca dos Olivais.
These are some of the names preforming: Sting, Blur, Florence and the Machine, Milky Chance, Christal Fighters or SBTRK.
The organization expects about 20.000 persons per day, in a show not to miss.
EDP Cooljazz – Cool Energy
July is the month of the Summer Festivals, events are happening all across the country offering music for all tastes. Today, we highlight one in Oeiras, just outside of Lisbon, the EDP Cooljazz.
The EDP Cooljazz is a leading musical event held in idyllic settings throughout July, combining nature, heritage and music.
Fado, jazz, indie, folk, funky, soul and Brazilian music are just some of the many sounds you can listen to at this event.
The program is as follows:
July 19th – Chick Cora & Herbie Hancook
July 23rd – António Zambujo
July 26th – Lianne La Havas
July 28th – Mark Knopfler
July 30th – Lionel Richie
July 31st – Caetano Veloso & Gilberto Gil
This is a festival that believes in the innovation and fusion of sounds in an original concept, triggering unique sensations and experiences in symbolic locations, which makes all the difference on these hot summer nights.
Festas de Lisboa 2015
Festas de Lisboa are back with a program that invites to reflect on the past as a way to project the future. Not surprisingly, it all begins in one of the most emblematic places of the city: the Torre de Belém.
The celebration of the 500th anniversary of this monument is highlighted by a show where the Torre de Belém and the river Tejo merge into a single stage for theater, music and multimedia. A sensorial experience that takes us on a reflective journey through time until the present day.
Bailaricos, Arraiais, Marchas Populares, all these events will take place in honor of Santo António, considered by the people the patron saint of the city and of Festas de Lisboa, revisiting old, religious and secular traditions.
This year, the organization will try to reinvent an old tradition: “Os Tronos de Santo António” (Saint Anthony’s Thrones) and so, they challenged neighborhoods, families and children to create their own thrones and show them at the doorway of their houses, as in the past.
The event “Andar em Festa” is the result of a contest opened to the general public to engage in unique locations: the many “escadinhas” (steps) of the city. The winning bids result into original and diverse projects in which the stairs and steps of Lisbon will be invaded by choral music, DJs, and by amazing architectural installations and interventions.
During the several parties across the city, the sardines are the traditional delicacies and the main stars. In the exhibition, created in their honor, their voices and unimaginable stories will be heard with the motto: “a minha vida dava uma sardinha” (my life could turn into a sardine).
And because there is no party without music, the festival “Lisboa Mistura”, will once again make its appearance. As a festival where the world’s music is mixed with Lisbon in an intercultural dialogue experience that enrolls new artistic languages and that this year, also calls for reflection through several debates.
June will be a month filled with celebrations, finishing up with Voice and Guitar, one show in two nights, with dozens of Portuguese artists from different generations.
Visit Lisbon in June, we promise you an experience you won’t forget.
Out Jazz 2015
With the arrival of sunny and warm days, the good music arises and the month of May sets the tone with the return of Out Jazz to the gardens and squares of Lisbon.
As an established ritual, in the beginning of May, the Meo Out Jazz Festival announces the return of bands and DJs to the several gardens in Lisbon. But the outdoor music will also pass through places like the steps of Bica or Martim Moniz Square.
For this 9th edition and for the first time, three days of concerts and a DJ set, will take place on June 27th, July 25th and August 22nd, at the Troia Resort. Despite the jazzy name, the event, born in 2006, does not always presents jazz projects, as is the case of this last day in Tróia, which will stage DJ André Henriques and the hip-hop atmosphere of NBC.
In total, there are 44 musical moments to enjoy, between May 2nd and September 27th. Saturdays are reserved for “more intimate" concerts, always with a band and a DJ, starting at 5 p.m., and always in different sites such as Jardim Japonês in Belém, Cais das Colunas, Jardim da Graça, Quinta das Conchas, Jardim das Amoreiras, Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara or the steps of Bica. On the last Saturday of each month, the get-together is set at Praça Martim Moniz.
On Sundays the setup is similar, but in a fixed location and with more food and drink available. From 5 p.m. there will be, in most cases, a jazz project followed by a DJ. In May, the event will take place in Jardim da Torre de Belém. In June, the site changes to Parque Tejo, in Parque das Nações and in July, the festival will be located in the Anfiteatro Keil do Amaral, in Monsanto. In August, it will take place in Jardim da Estrela and in September in Jardim da Tapada das Necessidades.
Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in an event that had more than 100,000 people attending in 2014.
Access, as always, is free.
Dias da Música – Luzes, Câmara…Música
On April 24th, 25th and 26th another edition of “Dias da Música” festival takes place at CCB, in Belém, this year dedicated to the theme “Luzes, Câmara…Música!”.
According to Hitchcock "Music, music is the secret!" If the master said so, then it makes sense to say: the Seventh Art is a form of artistic expression that is only complete when accompanied by music.
This year’s festival will be set to imagine or remember movies, soundtracks will be played but, themes that transport us to very different circumstances, will also be heard.
The great history of music will be revisited with the wide range of musical genres, from classical to jazz, from fado to Latin American music and also with the magnificent soundtracks, from the world of cinema, that have become legendary phenomena.
Three days of festivities with concerts, workshops, conferences and film screenings, with top performers from both national and international backgrounds and with young performers and composers who will use their music to take you on a journey through the history of cinema, all of this celebrated with this festival’s customary great atmosphere.
Lisbon Fish & Flavours 2015
The most emblematic Portuguese food festival, dedicated to sea food, will return to “Pátio da Galé” – Praça do Comércio from April 9th to 19th.
The schedule of this 8th edition includes, apart from the presence of several of the most renowned restaurants and Chefs of the Portuguese cuisine, international guests from countries like Spain, France and Brazil.
The "Michelin universe" comes to Lisbon with some of the nowadays’ great stars, who will perform in the ever much attended live gastronomic presentations in the Auditorium, this year installed, once more, in Praça do Comércio.
There are plenty of debates and workshops about gastronomy and cuisine, and even the popular contest "The Best Pastel de Nata”.
During 12 hours a day, a dozen restaurants combine tradition and contemporaneity, with gastronomic suggestions made exclusively of fish and shellfish from the Portuguese sea.
A range of other flavours can be tasted and bought in the gourmet market area, with dozens of exhibitors with products as diverse as the renowned Portuguese ”conservas”, chocolates, traditional sweets, olive oils, wines and even practical kitchenware. And, to establish knowledge on the festival’s theme, fish and seafood, there will be plenty of cooking classes where the chefs challenge visitors to learn tips and culinary tricks.
Find here the detailed schedule of this year’s Lisbon Fish and Flavours 2015.
8 ½ Italian Film Festival
From March 25th to April 2nd Lisbon will host the biggest event dedicated to cinema and Italian culture, in Portugal.
In 2015, the 8th edition of the 8/2 Italian Film Festival returns to the Cinema São Jorge and to the Cinemateca Portuguesa, with previews of the most interesting Italian productions.
This year, for the first time, the festival is open also to television series and will feature the full display of Gomorra, the new Italian television series hit, based on the bestseller on organized crime in Naples, by Roberto Saviano.
As usual in each edition, there will also be space for the historic and famous protagonists of the Italian cinema.
In addition to cinema, a great part of the program is also dedicated to music, literature, Italian culture and cuisine. Find out more here.
Lisbon International Contemporary Dance Festival
From the 13th to the 29th of March, the “Cumplicidades” - Contemporary Dance International Festival of Lisbon, celebrates the connection between dance and the community.
The festival is produced by EIRA and begins on the 13th, at 7pm, with "HALE – Estudo para um organismo artificial", a free entry show right next door, in Rossio Station. On the very same day at around 10pm, a concert by Mario Franco Trio will take place at the O Bom o Mau e o Vilão, the same location as the opening party.
On the same year as the 50th anniversary of the Gulbenkian Ballet Group’s formation, the festival will evoke the theme of memory through a diverse program, distributed over several areas of the city, as the Casa da Imprensa, the DNA – Escola das Gaivotas, Culturgest and the Bar RE.Al.
The Bar Re.Al will be a place for informal meetings of the festival and will host the photo exhibition "Diálogos para Olga", by Susana Paiva. The program includes the premiere of Sonia Baptista’s new creation, shows by Cristina Planas Leitão, Jasmina Križaj and Vania Rovisco, solos by Bruno Alexandre, Peter Ramos, Ligia Soares and Matthieu Ehrlacher, workshops, lectures, a show for babies by Joclécio Azevedo and Teresa Press, four thematic itineraries, an installation / performance of Peter Prazeres and as closure a round table on research and dance education in Portugal.
The "Percursos da Dança" will start in Rossio Train Station and are one of the Festival’s highlights. According to this edition programmer, Ezequiel Santos, these routes were organized "in order to make the contact with this heritage even more authentic, informing the participants about some episodes of the history of dance over the last century and providing views and experiences of observation behind the scenes of creation.”.
The aim of this new festival is for the viewer to feel part of the dance community through a schedule that allows you to walk through new stories of Lisbon, to satisfy curiosity about an object that you never saw, to hear the street sounds from a new perspective or just to enjoy a picnic in the “Tapada da Ajuda”.
With this approach “Cumplicidades” hopes to build a new relationship between dance and spectators.
Adriana Calcanhotto in Lisbon
In the end of February and early March, Lisbon will host 3 concerts by Adriana Calcanhotto at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
In a 20 years career, Adriana Calcanhotto released eight albums and is one of the leading names in Brazilian popular music.
Born in Porto Alegre, her career is guided by the balance between quality and popularity. She started playing in the bars of Porto Alegre in the mid-80s and released her first album in 1990.
On this first Lisbon concert, on the 25th of February, the Brazilian songwriter presents herself alone with her guitar in “Olhos de Onda”. A show born from a song with the same title and by taking the motto of the Portuguese language and the sea, during which, the poets and the repertoires that interact with the song may change, resulting in a constantly changing concert.
On the 1st of March, Calcanhotto joins the maestro Rui Pinheiro and the Gulbenkian Orchestra for two concerts on the same day. “Peter and the Wolf”, from Prokofiev, and songs Partimpim, the heteronym used by the singer, are themes addressed in this show included in the Sunday Concerts cycle.
Don’t miss it!
Fado at the Coliseum
Visiting Lisbon and not listening to Fado, is as going to Rome and not seeing the Pope!
Don’t be so shocked, this is the truth, there’s no excuse and it is so simple, just take one evening to stroll through Bairro Alto or Alfama and drop by one of the many Fado houses/restaurants and listen, something that you can’t listen to nowhere else. And bear in mind it is an important element of the Portuguese culture.
World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2011, Fado experiences the arrival of new singers, giving it a new live and bringing it closer to the younger generations.
Gisela João is one of those cases, she will preform at the Coliseu on the 31st of January, recognized as one of the most important performers of today’s Portuguese music scene, with fans flocking to fully book her concerts.
There’s no time to loose, reserve your ticket now for one of the shows of the season.
More information here.
There is a new reason to visit Lisbon and the Avenida Palace. Today, the contest #palacelisbon begins.
The proposal is for you to take a selfie in one of our common areas and share it on Instagram or Twitter using the #palacelisbon or on our Facebook in the page of the event.
The contest will be live from January 15th to February 15th and the prize is, imagine what, a free night stay at the Avenida Palace, to be used during this year.
The Hotel Management will make the selection, considering criteria such as creativity, originality and the chosen site.
So, come, stay with us and participate in our first competition and win your “ticket” to return.
Harlem Gospel Choir in Lisbon
9th and 10th December in Belém Cultural Center
The best of Gospel is in Lisbon, showing again the variety of events that Lisbon has to offer for all of those who visit us in the Christmas Season.
The Harlem Gospel Choir visits Lisbon for the 6th time, presenting us with some of the most famous songs in the world that are able to unite the whole family, offering its audience a spiritual and festive Portuguese Christmas. The Harlem Gospel Choir, perhaps the most famous contemporary gospel group in the world, promises a night to remember in a journey through the greatest hits of its much celebrated career.
On the 28th and 29th November the Avenida da Liberdade will shake Lisbon with music from all kinds.
The Vodafone Mexefest is back with its 2014 edition and with 4 new spaces. Palácio Foz and Garagem Epal are the spaces that will receive the festival for the first time, on the other hand Ritz Clube and Starbucks are returning to the program.
The number of venues on Avenida Liberdade and its surroundings will be vast. These places will fill up to the sound of the best music of the most varied genres. The list of performers is complete and confirms the festival’s artistic diversity and above all the consistent quality of the stars on show: St. Vincent, Perfume Genius, Sharon Van Etten, tUnE-yArDs, Wild Beasts, Clã & Convidados and Capicua.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Gulbenkian Choir, on the 9th November the doors of the Calouste Gulbenkain Foundation will literally be open to the public.
A day to remember that allow access to a wide range of activities and shows.
The program includes singing workshops, access to rehearsals, concerts and documentaries on a day that will end with the showing of the film "Les choriste".
Find here the detailed program.
Lisbon International Contemporary Exhibition
The second edition of LICE (Lisbon International Contemporary Exhibition) is on.
From the 4th to the 18th of October the Espaço Chiado in Lisbon, will welcome, once more, exhibit artists from around the world.
The organization explains this event as a necessity that Lisbon has to receive, in a more regularly basis, art from around the world, so that people can access it for free.
On this edition the organization established several international partnerships,one of which with the Latin American market, which will have a representative of the Miami Art Scene in Lisbon during the event, in order to establish contact with the artists in this exhibition and also to get to know the Portuguese contemporary art market.
For this edition, the highlights include Angela Piedade, A. Sinai, Jaime Prates and Nathalie Gromicho from Portugal, Elechi Todd from Trinidad and Tobago, Emmanuel Vazquez, Luis Buitron, Marcelo Espinosa and Norma de la Rosa from Mexico, Laura Colantoni from Dubai, Lorraine Mahot from France, Txemi Novo from Spain and Zoli Herczeg from Hungary.
World Music Day
The World Music Day is celebrated annually on October 1st, the date established in 1975 by the International Music Council, an institution founded in 1949 by UNESCO, which aggregates various organizations and individuals in the music world.
The purpose of this day is to promote the art of music in all sectors of society and discovery of musical diversity.
This day also seeks to apply the ideals of UNESCO, such as peace and friendship between people, cultural evolution and exchange of experiences.
Several events will take place throughout the country including the Hotel Avenida Palace.
On this special day, the Avenida Palace offers its guests a piano recital by João Romeiras. This will be the alignment:
J. S. Bach
Inventions two voices in C major
L. V. Beethoven
Sonata, Op. 26 – 1st Movement
Sonata, Op. 49
Bagatela, Op.33, No. 2
Selection “Little Minuets”
Prélude Op. 28, No. 4 and No. 7
Sonata Op. 58
Festival Caixa Alfama
The Festival Caixa Alfama, returns for its second edition. Will run for two nights - 19 and 20 September - in 10 different spaces, with more than 40 singers of diverse generations that currently best represent an interpret Fado, genuine element and the live conductor of the Portuguese culture and identity.
The venues are distributed between Caixa Stage, Fado Museum, Largo de Alçarias. São Miguel Curch, Sociedade Boa União, Fonte do Poeta, Grupo Sportivo Adicense, Dr. Magalhães Lima Cultural Centre, Santo Estevão Church
The Festival Caixa Alfama was designed with the goal of reaching all audiences, the connoisseurs of Fado, those who want to learn about this art, or who have only recently come to discover. The Caixa Alfama promotes the interaction, looking for the public to be major player and giving life to the streets of the Alfama .
And so, the nights of 19 and 20 will be in the memory of all who attend the concerts and will reinforce why in 2011, Fado was elevated to the category of Cultural Heritage and intangible of Humanity by UNESCO.
Santa Justa’s Elevator 112th anniversary
The Carmo’s Elevator or, as it became known since its beginning, Santa Justa’s Elevator celebrates today, July 10th, its 112th Anniversary.
A landmark of downtown Lisbon, this elevator, now owned by Carris, (Lisbon’s transportation company) was designed by Eng. Raul Mesnier de Ponsard and owned by a company deliberately created for its construction and operation,