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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, the Companhia do Elevador do Carmo.
The construction works began in 1900, with the removal of land on the steps of Santa Justa and its most striking moment took place on August 31st, 1901, when, by a lever system and in only a few hours, the footbridge, designed to establish a connection from the top of the lift and the Largo do Carmo was released.
In the beginning, the elevator used steam as traction force. In 1907 it proceeded to the electrification system.
In February 2002 it was classified as a National Monument.
Marking the 112 years of Santa Justa’s Elevator, Carris will promote a set of initiatives online, through social networks and onsite performances.
Source: Opção Turismo
Summer Nights at Chiado Museum
Once again, Lisbon shows its cultural dynamism. The offer is extensive and original, proving that the Summer is also Culture!
The Chiado Museum will welcome, once more, the cycle Summer Nights. There will be nine concerts, every Friday, until the September next, as stated by the organization.
This year’s festival, which will take place for the fifth year in a row, will gather artists such as Lau Nau, Mdou Moctar, Josephine Foster, Ghédalia Tazartès, Norberto Lobo & João Lobo, Timespine, Tropa Macaca and Kimi Djabaté, combining the Portuguese presence with foreign musicians.
The cultural association Filho Único, which curates and produces Summer Nights at the Chiado Museum, considers that the success shown in previous editions makes Summer Nights an “unavoidable proposal of the summer’s live music calendar», bringing life to Lisbon’s city center.
Lisbon’s Popular Parade
Tonight, Lisbon will take the main stage again, celebrating one of its most magical and traditional nights, the night of its Patron Saint, Santo António, a truly Lisbon’s party!
Every year in June, Lisbon starts to bloom. There are celebrations all over the city, hundreds of manjericos (basil) and streets are filled with balloons and arches.
June is also the month of the modern tradition that will forever be registered in the history of Lisbon: the Popular Marches. Since 1932, with several breaks in between, the city hosts the Popular Marches and all the commotion around them.
The Popular Marches were a tradition that arrived by the hand of Leitão de Barros, during the 30s, but they actually have their origin in the June festivals, in the medieval Midsummer celebrations and religious festivals celebrating Santo António, Santo João and Santo Pedro.
The Marches are a good example of an urban tradition that have helped to build bridges between generations and tighten bonds of brotherhood, bringing participants and neighborhoods closer. Each year they raise a feeling of belonging amongst the marchers.
The Popular Marches of Lisbon parade every year along the Avenida da Liberdade, as a good example of friendship and humanity which are very much alive in the spirit that defines the Festas de Lisboa.
This year, as in years before, some guests’ groups which will also parade along the Avenida da Liberdade, such as the Association of Portuguese Dancing and Singing Macau no Coração and the group O Dragão Embriagado, both from Macao.
Sorce: Festas de Lisboa
International Museum Day
Every year since 1977 the International Museum Day is organized worldwide. Visits, concerts, workshops and performances mark this date, all over the country.
About 450 free initiatives, one hundred museums and palaces throughout the country, will take place on Saturday and Sunday, the International Museum Day, with visits to exhibitions, concerts, workshops and performances.
The International Museum Day, which is celebrated on May 18th, will highlight this year's potential of these spaces to create links between visitors, generations and cultures. "Museums: the collections create connections" is the theme proposed by the International Council of Museums (ICOM) for the celebration of this date, the entity established in 1997 with the goal of strengthening the bonds of museums to society.
This year, the European Museum Night, an initiative launched in 2005, in France, and to which Portugal also joined, will take place on May 17th (Saturday), with several cultural events outside of the usual working hours.
In Portugal, the Direcção-Geral do Património Cultural (DGPC), the official entity of museums, palaces and national monuments, organizes hundreds of activities in partnership with other municipal and private entities to mark the date.
The museums and palaces of GDPC will be open from the 18:00 on Saturday, European Night of Museums, and throughout the day on Sunday, May 18th, and International Museum Day, free of charge.
In the monuments protected by the DGPC free access will be granted to specific activities related to the International Museum Day.
The National Coach Museum in Lisbon, is expected to present a children's theater piece of Chinese shadows, on Sunday at 14:00, 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00, and also special rides on charabã and carriages, between this Museum and the Jerónimos Monastery, between 14:00 to 17:00.
Also in the capital, the National Museum of Ancient Art, will open to the public on Saturday, the exhibition "The Sabóias. Kings and Patron (1730-1750) ", with an assembly of Italian Rococo pieces.
“Lisbon Fish and Flavours” swims back in Terreiro do Paço
Terreiro do Paço will host the 7th Edition of the fish and seafood festival, taking place between April 3rd and 13th, in Pátio da Galé.
This year, the festival returns with chefs from Portugal, Spain, Italy and Brazil and this time, with an outdoor Auditorium and more seating in the restaurants’ area.
This time the guest chefs come from Italy, Spain and Brazil: names like Moreno Cedroni, from Madonnina del Pescatore in Ancona (awarded with two Michelin stars), Amie Alija, from Nerua, which runs in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao (awarded with one Michelin star), and Thiago Castanho, who comes from Belém do Pará, where he has the restaurants Remanso do Peixe and Remanso do Bosque.
In this years’ event, restaurants, chefs, culinary classes and the gourmet market are the basis of the initiative that enhances the fish and seafood of the Portuguese coast, combining them with the creativity of the invited professionals.
Every day, visitors can learn culinary tips and techniques with chefs in fun cooking classes.
“And the Spring arose on the garden fair;
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Spring is arising today!
We will be celebrating the arrival of this new Season with one of our music recitals.
The Hotel Avenida Palace invites you
Four seasons - Spring
excerto do 1º andamento
em Dó Maior e em Fá Maior
"Jesus joy of men`s desiring"
Sonata K.545, 1º e 2º andamentos
Op. 49 nº 2 e Op. 26
Sonata D. 537- 2º andamento
Prelúdio da Suite Bergamasque
In the Palace Lounge at 19h, subject to confirmation
Carnival in Lisbon 2014
Lisbon will celebrate this year’s Carnival with live music. Mafalda Veiga will be performing at the Rossio Square on March 1st, at 18h.
The Carnival in Lisbon is organized by EGEAC and there will be lots of fun activities in several public spaces.
As a Portuguese music representative, this year Mafalda Veiga, the singer and author with a career of almost 30 years, will take the stage, giving us all the unique opportunity to enjoy her talented work, in an outdoor concert.
On March 2nd the Carnival of Lisbon will continue to spread the joy and will bring to Rossio more of the best Portuguese music, circus artists and then ... confetti, masks, music, silly dance and good humor with a parade that runs in downtown.
This year the Carnival Parade has the participation of several groups in a joint organization with several historical districts, such as the districts of Graça, Alfama and Castelo.
The admission is free!
2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards
For the first time the Hotel Avenida Palace was awarded with TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award.
Travelers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the reviews and opinions of millions of TripAdvisor’s travelers around the globe.
“We’re excited to recognize the world’s best properties, based on the opinions of those who know them best – the millions of travelers around the globe who come to TripAdvisor to share their experiences,” said Barbara Messing, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.
We would like to thank all the guests who took the time and trouble to share their opinion. Their positive or negative reviews helped us to grow, improve and made us work even harder to deliver the best possible service.
Although we know that is impossible to please everyone, we definitely like to keep trying…
Thank you all!
The Berardo Museum in Europe's top ten
The Berardo Collection Museum in Lisbon is one of the top ten museums, with free entry, in Europe, reports the British newspaper The Guardian, in an article entitled "10 of the best free museums of Europe."
”This is a recent and impressive cultural offer of Lisbon, the Berardo Museum opened its collection of modern and contemporary art to the public in 2007," states the text dedicated to this cultural space located in Belém .
“Modern, the museum houses outstanding works of pop art artists such as Warhol, Pollock and Lichtenstein, as well as pieces of great masters such as Picasso, Dali and Bacchus”,proceeds the description, signed by Will Coldwell.
In addition to the Berardo Collection Museum, some of the top ten museums are located in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, Nice, Madrid, Istanbul, Rome and Reykjavik.
New Year’s Eve in Terreiro do Paço
For this New Year’s Eve, Lisbon’s city hall offers a great show of Fireworks - "Arco Iris Tagus" - accompanied by the rhythm of a soundtrack specifically designed to welcome the year 2014.
Prepare the raisins and champagne because there will be fireworks and music on the largest Lisbon’s square.
Lisbon embraces the New Year with a performance of Herman José who is in charge of setting the stage for the exhibition of pyrotechnics at midnight filling Lisbon and Almada with light and color, in perfect harmony.
Pedro Abrunhosa and Comité Caviar will take the stage in 2014, playing their greatest hits including the most recent "Contramão". Dance and amusement are the words on the longest night of the year.
The invitation is for everyone and the night looks promising.
Circo da Luz
The "Circo da Luz" is a multimedia Christmas show that will be held from 14th to the 25th December at the “Praça do Comércio” , organized by the same authors that animated the same space during the summer .
According to the EGEAC, the municipal company responsible, this is a media show, by Nuno Maya and Carole Purnelle, which will feature collaborations from the music band Deolinda and radio animator and comedian Nuno Markl.
The presentation refers to video mapping and 2D and 3D animation, which undertakes monumental projections adapted to the architecture of the “Praça do Comércio”.
The inspiration was a "vintage universe, burlesque and festal from circus art."
"Crossing the real with the virtual, the animation with live actors and music with sound effects, "Circo da Luz” has free entry," announced EGEAC.
The presentations are planned daily at four different schedules: 18h00, 19h00, 21h00 and 22h00.
Ancient Art Museum receives exhibition from Prado
The Ancient Art National Museum will host the first exhibition in Portugal consisting exclusively of works from the Prado National Museum, the most important museum in Spain and one of the most important in the world.
From December 3rd to March 30th, the NMAA, which exhibits the most important public collection of the country, from the XII to the XIX century, will exhibit 57 paintings of the great masters of the landscape of the XVII century.
This show is the result of a historic agreement signed between these two museums, which aim at the production of mutual projects to promote public knowledge of both collections.
New Coach Museum is expected to open in 2015
The Secretary of State for Culture, Jorge Barreto Xavier, expects the new Coach Museum, designed by Brazilian architect Paulo Mendesda Rocha, and with works completed for almost a year, open doors in 2015.The press says that "only in May 2015 the coaches will be moved to the new structure." However, the source of the Secretary of State for Culture stated that this date is not confirmed.
The Secretary points to the opening of the museum in 2015 but has not yet provided a specific date.Barreto Xavier explained that the new museum has cost 189 thousand euros this year, estimating that by the end of 2013 the building - closed - costs the public purse between 200 and 300 thousand euros. Values that contrast with the annual costs of opening the museum: three million euros.The building in Belém, whose construction was budgeted at 35 million euros and that is under the supervision of the Direcção Geral do Património Cultural, is done from the end of 2012 and part of its reserves are already in the new structure , where are also already deposited the materials of the documentation center and library of the current museum.
There is still work to operationalize the buildings, such as electricity and telecommunications, which have recently been completed.May 2015 appears as a reference for the opening, by the celebration of the 110 years of the museum, inaugurated on May 23, 1905 by Queen Amelia, wife of D. Carlos I, King of Portugal.
A concert in Lisbon to honor Lou Reed
The tributes come and go since it was reported the death of Lou Reed on Sunday. And after all that has been written, said on camera, tweeted, posted and shared, the music of the founder of the Velvet Underground is celebrated on stage. On the day of his death, Pearl Jam interpreter’s is waiting for the man in Baltimore and on the following days, the Arctic Monkeys played Walk on the wild side in Liverpool and Arcade Fire, while giving a presentation of his new album, reflector, to NPR, the American public radio, presented Perfect day and Satellite of love.
This Friday, an armada of Portuguese musicians pays tribute to the work of Reed. Held in Lisbon, in Largo Intendente, from 21.30, and the list is extensive: Jorge Palma Paul Furtado, Rui Reininho Samuel Úria, Zé Pedro Manuel Fury, Alex Cortez, the Rádio Macau, James Bettencourt, the Jel Rita Redshoes, Armando Teixeira, of Balla, and JP Simões to Anamar, interpret all night out songs from Reed and his Velvet Underground.
Join us for our 121st Anniversary Celebration
03.10.13 - Piano recital - João Romeiras
04.10.13 - Tribute to Walt Disney
06.10.13 - Piano recital
10.10.13 - “Fados e Guitarradas”
11.10.13 - Jazz Duet
12.10.13 - Piano recital - João Romeiras
17.10.13 - Piano recital
18.10.13 - Classic Guitars recital
19.10.13 - Tribute to Andrew L. Webber
23.10.13 - Piano recital – Improvisations
24.10.13 - Piano recital
25.10.13 -Chorus Re: Canto
26.10.13 - Piano recital - João Romeiras
31.10.13 - Tribute to Burt Bacharach
At the Palace Lounge, free entrance
Hour and program subject to confirmation
The Avenida Palace June Music Program
Programa Musical de Junho
Day / Dia:
1 – Tribute to Walt Disney / Tributo a Walt Disney
6 – Four hands piano recital / Recital de piano a quatro mãos
João Romeiras & André Costa
7 – Instituto Piaget
Chorus Re: Canto / Coro - Re: Canto
8 – Piano recital / Recital de piano
13 – Piano recital / Recital de piano
14 – Four hands piano recital / Recital de piano a quatro mãos
João Romeiras & André Costa
15 – Tribute to Andrew L. Webber /Tributo a Andrew L.Webber
20 – Piano recital / Recital de piano
21 – Voice and piano recital / Recital de voz e piano
Ana Cláudia & Margarida Campelo
22 – Instituto Piaget – Voice and piano / Voz e piano
Marta Garret & Vicente Valentim
27 – Piano recital / Recital de piano
28 – Four hands piano recital / Recital de piano a quatro mãos
João Romeiras & André Costa
29 – Piano recital / Recital de piano
Programs to be announced / Programas a anunciar
At the Palace Lounge, free entrance / No Salão Palace, entrada gratuita
7 p.m. - hour subject to confirmation / 19 horas - hora sujeita a confirmação
The Avenida Palace Spring Music Program March 2013
15 – Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber – Piano - João Romeiras
16 – Recital of voice and piano
19 – Tribute to W. Disney – Piano - João Romeiras
21 – Four-hands piano recital - João Romeiras e André Costa
22 – Fados e guitarradas
23 – Folk’n Traste
26 – Piano recital - João Romeiras
28 – Piano recital - João Romeiras
29 – Four-hands piano recital - João Romeiras e André Costa
30 – Piano recital - André Costa
At the Palace Lounge, free entrance 7 p.m. - hour subject to confirmation
The Avenida Palace Christmas Program
In this cheerful season the Avenida Palace invites you to attend a series of events that will elevate your Christmas spirit.
Join us until the 30th of December, in the Palace Lounge, there will be Chorus singing and Piano recitals, Fado and a Port Wine tasting, dedicated to all our guests.
Find the complete program.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
We invite you to attend a recital at the Palace Lounge, Friday at 7 p.m.
Convidamo-lo a assistir a um recital no Salão Palace, Sexta-feira, pelas 19h.
“Turistas da Cidade”
Is there a better thing than being a tourist? Tourists in their own city, in that far away city…
This is how this duo presents itself. Maria and Vitor are the tourists who take walks here and there, but they prefer walking to the sound of Jazz, bossa-nova and Portuguese music. With a very unique sound, Turistas da Cidade will bring, through Maria’s voice and Vitor chords’, some big names like Duke Ellington, Zeca Afonso, Tom Jobim and Rio Grande.
Tourism brings people. Music brings even more. Turistas da Cidade will take us for a walk. A walk where the main attraction is good music.
Don’t get around much anymore
In a Sentimental Mood
The Way You Look Tonight
Frim Fram Sauce
Night in Tunisia
On the sunny Side of the Street
Hour subject to confirmation /Hora sujeita a confirmação
Free entrance /Entrada gratuita
JUNE RECITALS CYCLE
It will be in our Palace Lounge that, once again a season of concerts
will take place. The first of the “June recitals cycle ", composed by 8
performances, is scheduled for the 15th of June at 19h.
The entire programme includes:
1º Recital, 15-06-2012
2º Recital, 16-06-2012
Vânia Fernandes - Jazz and modern music
3º Recital, 17-06-2012
Chorus ARS Nova
4º Recital, 20-06-2012
5º Recital, 21-06-2012
Vânia Fernandes – Jazz and modern music
Chiado Ensemble - Guitar Quintet
7º Recital, 28-06-2012
Trio of Flute, Oboe and Clarinet
8º Recital, 29-06-2012
Subject to confirmation
WINE TASTING INITIATION COURSE
The Hotel Avenida Palace, in partnership with Prof. Manuel Malfeito Ferreira (Professor of the Institute of Agronomy), will organize in its spaces an initiation course of wine tasting, on the 12th of May 2012, Saturday, at 17h, aimed at people who wish to initiate or expand their knowledge on this area. This is the perfect occasion to learn how to savor wines for a meal, to care for your service, to understand how wine is produced and plenty other subjects. The course is given in a practical perspective, in which the tasting of six to seven wines per session demonstrates the themes developed in the theoretical part. The “knowledge evaluation" will take place in the cocktail during which the wine best suited for this purpose will be determined.
The price of the course, which includes the wine tasting followed by a cocktail, is 40€, per person.
- Registrations will only be valid after payment to be made up to 7 days before the event (payment not refundable in case of dropout).
- If the date changes, payment will be refunded.
Notes: The course will have duration of approximately 2 hours and will be conducted in Portuguese and English.
Registrations - per email to firstname.lastname@example.org (mandatory)
17h – Restauradores room
• Desmistyfing the wine tasting
• The technic
• Mechanisms and messages of the senses
• The various steps
• The language of wine tasting
19h – Nobre room - Cocktail