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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.
The program is as follows:
July 19th – Chick Cora & Herbie Hancook
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".
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
L. V. Beethoven
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
“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;
Spring is arising today!
The Hotel Avenida Palace invites you
In the Palace Lounge at 19h, subject to confirmation
Carnival in Lisbon 2014
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.
2014 Travelers’ Choice Awards
For the first time the Hotel Avenida Palace was awarded with TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Award.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.