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6th Summer Choir Festival

From June 23rd through the 26th Belém district hosts the 6th edition of the Summer Choir Festival.

Incorporated into the Festas de Lisboa the festival is a collaboration between EGEAC from Portugal and SourceWerkz from Singapore and is an integral part of the cultural offerings during the month of June.

According to Dr. Paulo Vassalo Lourenço the festival “is designed as a platform for choirs to partake not only in high-level competition, but also to provide valuable and exciting performance opportunities”.

Over four days all participating choirs will sing at various city landmarks in the historical district to enthusiastic audiences, making the Summer Choir Festival, the largest choir event of its kind which takes place in Portugal.

The festival brings together more than 600 national and international musicians and choir singers, and aims to encourage the exchange of ideas on interpretation and technique for choirs from different cultures.

“This international gathering of goodwill is the perfect mirror of the Portuguese way to receive foreigners – with open arms.”

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It’s time to party – Festas de Lisboa 2017

This year's “Festas de Lisboa” program starts on June 1st and includes many initiatives that promise to fill the city with music.

As usual in June, Lisbon prepares itself to celebrate its patron - Santo António. An arraial (a typical party) rises in every corner and the smell of grilled sardines will invade the streets. The marches parade through the Avenida da Liberdade, the music entering the houses and the basil on each porch: this is Lisbon!

Throughout the month of June, the streets and alleys of Lisbon will be bursting with the typically popular arraiais. In addition to the historic neighborhoods, the initiative will also spread to other areas of the city, such as Olivais or Avenida Novas, as it has been happening in recent years.

Santo António, much venerated in Lisbon, gives the motto to the festivities that reach their peak on the night of June 12th, with the parade of popular marches on Avenida da Liberdade. On the afternoon of the 13th, the procession in honor of this popular saint, who has a reputation as a matchmaker, crosses the streets surrounding the Cathedral, giving the religious significance to the festivities.

The nights will be animated by the arraiais in the typical neighborhoods of Lisbon, Castelo da Mouraria, Graça, Alfama, Ajuda and Bairro Alto, with lots of music and dance to the rhythm of popular songs. Sprinkled with garlands and colorful balloons, the streets are invaded by the smell of roasted sardines and the by fragrance of basils adorned with a paper carnation and a quatrain alluding to St. Anthony.

June will be a month of festivities that will include very diverse events such as fado shows, jazz and other musical genres, fado in the electric cars that cross the city, film and theater festivals, sport events and exhibitions.

Find the complete list here.

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Muro – Urban Art Festival

Considered to be one of the most significant European cities for its graffiti and street art, Lisboa hosts the 2nd edition of “Muro | Urban Art Festival LX_2017”, from May 25th to the 28th.

Street art is visual art created in public locations, usually illegal this artwork is performed outside of the context of traditional art venues.

This form of art has increased its popularity during the graffiti art boom in the early 80s but it continued to be used and developed in the following years.

There are several forms of modern street art, stencil graffiti, wheatpasted poster art or sticker art, and street installation or sculpture, in the recent years other forms of street art such as video projection, yarn bombing and Lock On sculpture became more popular.

Street art is often motivated by the artist’s preference to communicate directly with the public, free from perceived restrictions of the formal art world, presenting socially relevant content infused with esthetic value, to draw attention to a cause or as a form of "art provocation".

“Muro – Urban Art Festival” is inspired by the theme “Past and Present -Lisboa Ibero-American Capital of Culture 2017”, brought to us by UCCI – The Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities and the Municipal Council of Lisboa, and it is sure to provide an ideal setting where all are welcome to meet and interact with the artists of those countries that are part of the Ibero-American community, to celebrate urban art in Lisboa.

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New exhibition – The Seduction of Modernity

The Museu do Chiado presents a different look over its collection, in an exhibition curated by Maria de Aires Silveira.

By the end of the nineteenth century, Portuguese painters and sculptors were attracted with all that represented an escape from the old way of making art. It’s that attraction with disruption that is shown in “The Seduction of Modernity” a new exhibition at the Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea.

The chronological markers on the collection are situated between 1850 and 1910, starting with the dissenting of Romanticism and proceeding through the final decades of the nineteenth century, as the concept of modernity came to be explored by the landscape painters and portraitists of Grupo do Leão.

This exhibition, in display until April 2018, highlights literature's importance as a primary influence on new artistic ideas in the mid-nineteenth century, introduced by a bold notion of modernity that ran counter to academicism and stood as a provocation against institutionalized taste.

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Days of Music - CCB

The Days of Music is undoubtedly one of the most important classical music festivals in Portugal.

For three days, several locations at the Centre Cultural de Belém will be filled with music and tens of thousands of people will be joined together to celebrate music.

Classical music is the heart of this festival program, introducing a different theme each year, seeking to launch bridges between classical music and other worlds and other visions, breaking barriers, taking classical music and interpreters even further.

This year’s theme is “The Words of Music” exploring the relation between music and words. You can either give primacy to words or to music, the truth is that when both come together, something magical happens, as so many composers have proven us from the medieval troubadours to the songwriters of nowadays.

But words do not appear only in works that are sung. Often the music has searched for inspiration from the timeless literature works, carrying the words without pronouncing them. This has happened with almost all the great composers in history. Even without words, these are present in many works such as the symphonic poems, the fantasies, the numerous works for piano written based on monuments of universal literature.

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Tutankhamon – Treasures of Egypt

Imagine the feeling of entering Tutankhamon's tomb, as Howard Carter did in November 1922, and coming across the dazzling scenario revealed by the greatest archaeological discovery of all times.

This is part of the fascinating experience that the exhibition “Tutankhamun - Treasures of Egypt”, expects to deliver, in a fantastic trip to the pharaohs’ era.

Tutankhamon was born in the year 1341 BC, in a time when Pharaoh Akhenaten, who was probably his father, introduced monotheism in Ancient Egypt, replacing the traditional religion, which worshiped multiple gods.

Tutankhaten began his reign with only nine years. He restored worship to the traditional gods and re-established Thebes as the religious capital and Memphis as the administrative center. He also changed his name to Tutankhamon, in honor of the god Amon.

Also known as King Tut, he reigned for only nine years, dying unexpectedly at the age of eighteen, becoming the most famous pharaoh when his tomb was discovered in almost perfect condition.

On display until May 1st at the Pavilhão de Portugal, the exhibition “Tutankhamon - Treasures of Egypt” contains a life-size recreation Tutankhamon’s tomb within the Pavilhão de Portugal, as well as more than 100 official replicas of the objects found at the site, among them a golden throne, statues and a number of alabaster vases, spread across three rooms.

The tomb was discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter and his team practically untouched since being sealed for over 1,000 years before Christ. Together with the discovery came the rumors of a curse, after the death of ten members of the expedition before the end of the 1920s.

The actual pieces are to be found in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, though they are occasionally exhibited abroad. As well as recreating the site found by Howard Carter and his team of archaeologists, visitors can watch a documentary about the exhibition and see photographs taken at the time.

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Earth Hour Lisbon

Lisbon celebrates the “Earth Hour” by candlelight.

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature that started in Sydney, in 2007 and rapidly grew to involve more than 7000 cities, including Lisbon.

The event is held annually and aims to encourage individuals, communities and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour on Saturday, March 25th, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., as a symbol of their commitment to the planet.

Earth Hour was commemorated for the first time in Portugal in 2008. This year, Lisbon will celebrate the date with a one of a kind candlelit concert in Parque Eduardo VII.

Promoted by the WWF, the concert will gather well-known Portuguese voices for a unique concert by candlelight, with artists such as Tiago Bettencourt, André Sardet, Tito Paris, Samuel Úria, Enoque and Janeiro.

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The Global City

Opened to the public since last February 23rd a new and long-awaited exhibition is on display at the National Museum of Ancient Art, titled "Global City. Lisbon in the Renaissance ".

The story of this exhibition starts on a gloomy April day in 1866, when the Pre-Raphaelite painter and poet, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, left his home in Chelsea to inspect an old painting that he had spotted in a print shop in north London.

The British art world had recently become interested in Spanish painting, with collectors buying works by great masters like El Greco, Murillo, Velazquez and Goya. Although Rossetti did not recognize the city depicted in this painting, he made an inspired guess as to its Iberian origin.
150 years later, Annemarie Jordan Gschwend and Kate Lowe, who in 2015 organized a book entitled "The Global City.

On the streets of Renaissance Lisbon ", identified the painting bought by Rossetti (divided in two during the nineteenth century) as a view of the Rua Nova dos Mercadores, destroyed in the disastrous earthquake of 1755. It is a representation of the main commercial street in sixteenth-century Lisbon, on which merchants, entertainers, musicians, street sellers, slaves, courtiers, knights and exotic animals are depicted, and where luxury goods, spices and commodities imported from Africa, Brazil and Asia were sold. The aim of this exhibition is to recreate the mercantile heart of Renaissance Europe’s foremost global city.

Reconstituting the heart of Europe's most global city of the Renaissance is the aim of this exhibition, which counts with 249 pieces, belonging to institutions such as the British Museum, Pitt Rivers Museum, National Museum of the Prado, Leiden University Libraries and Museo Nazionale Preistorico Etnografico" Luigi Pigorini ".

Two representations of Lisbon, namely the Chafariz D'El Rei and Rua Nova dos Mercadores, that play a central role on this exhibition, are surrounded in some controversy since its authenticity has been challenged by some historians.

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Gourmet Market in Campo Pequeno

Campo Pequeno welcomes once again the Gourmet Market, presenting a vast and diversified offer of gastronomic products and wineries, both of Portuguese origin.

From March 3rd to 5th, between 12 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., Campo Pequeno will introduce and will give you a taste of products from several Portuguese regions, presenting innovative proposals that combine the ancestral regional culinary tradition with new ingredients and a lot of creativity in the production.

The Gourmet Market has in this edition a total of 160 exhibitors and 180 projects. Visitors can find pâtés, cheeses, sausages, olive oil, chocolate, confectionery, herbs, teas, canned products, organic products, wines, gins, beers, liquors and more.

The event tries to maintain the spirit of the ancient markets, in which the interactivity with the exhibitors is one of the great advantages of the fair. In its 6th edition, the Gourmet Market provides, once more, to the expected 15 thousand visitors, the possibility of getting to know the stories of the people of each stand, the specificities of the culture of certain products or the reasons behind the origin of an ingredient or recipe.

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New Exhibition at the Coach Museum

The National Coach Museum occupies once again the Temporary Exhibition Hall at the Royal Ridding School with the exhibition “Fire! Fire! Help! Help!”

As an old and populous city, Lisbon was always subject to fires and so, since medieval times there were initiatives to ensure its prevention and combat and firefighting early became an essential activity for the city, its assets and the well-being of its population.

The acquisition of the first hydraulic pumps carried by men started the adventure of the prodigious machines of firefighting and people’s rescue.

Covering the period from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century, the exhibition includes some of these machines and other objects in order to demonstrate the technological developments in the offering of equipment to protect Lisbon from a fire.

On display until April, these pieces belong to the collections of the City’s Hall Lisboa Fire Brigade Regiment Museum, with a strong identity value for the firemen and with great patrimonial value for the city of Lisbon.

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Almada Negreiros: “A way of being Modern”.

A quarter of a century after the last great exhibition dedicated to Almada Negreiros, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation will present a comprehensive retrospective that brings together more than four hundred works by the artist, many of them unpublished.

Starting on February 3rd until June 5th, this exhibition proposes an innovative look at one of the most creative and critical Portuguese artists, re-evaluating his part in the history of modernism.

José de Almada Negreiros was a plastic artist, writer, actor, interpreter, set designer and dancer, who experienced an immense amount of artistic languages throughout his life, also making great mural paintings, stained glass and ceramics, following public and private orders.

A profound and diversified author, Almada (1893-1970) put into practice a heteroclite conception of the modern artist, unfolded by multiple offices. All art, in its various forms, would be, for Almada, a part of the "spectacle" that the artist would have to present before the public, making each work, gesture or attitude a means of giving a total idea of modernity.

The exhibition that the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation presents, entitled "José de Almada Negreiros: A way of being modern” is displayed in two Temporary Exhibition halls of the Foundation Central Building, and is organized in 8 thematic axes with several conductor strings in order to reveal the various faces of this artist of "total modernity" that profoundly marked a Portuguese art of the twentieth century.

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Musical Weekends at the Gulbenkian

The Gulbenkian Music Season continues and January offers us very animated weekends.

We’re living in uncertain times, the world around us is changing fast, economically, politically and environmentally. How does this affect our habits? Specifically, how does this affect our relation with music? And furthermore, what role can music play for us?

Music has had a very relevant part of the Gulbenkian Foundation activities since the beginning, and this season offers several ways of using music and its cores are the groups of the Foundation, the Choir, and the Orchestra.

This is the program for January weekends:

  • 13 - Love and ecstasy - Lorenzo Viotti - Gulbenkian Orchestra – 19h

Son of conductor Marcello Viotti, the last winner of the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award, Lorenzo Viotti began as a percussionist with the Vienna Philharmonic, only afterward following in his father’s footsteps as an orchestral conductor.

  • 14 - Nabucco - Giuseppe Verdi – 18h

The Metropolitan Opera

  • 15 - Mitsuko Uchida – 19h

One of the most fascinating performers of our time, the pianist Mitsuko Uchida has been a regular presence in the Gulbenkian Music seasons.

  • 20 - Chopin Concert - Gulbenkian Orchestra – 19h

French conductor Stéphane Denève is one of the main heirs of the teachings from Georg Solti, Georges Prêtre and Seiji Ozawa, the great masters with whom he worked in the beginning of his career.

  • 21 - Romeo and Juliet - Charles Gounod – 18h 

The Metropolitan Opera HD Live

  • 22 - Mozart Marathon - Cuarteto Casals – 16h/20h

After studying the Haydn string quartets, which set a new high standard for composing for this type of ensemble, Mozart followed suit in Vienna by writing six quartets between 1782 and 1785, which he dedicated to Haydn.

  • 28 - The Harmonics Seasons - Wang Li and Wu Wei – 21h

The music of the Chinese duo, formed by Wang Li and Wu Wei, challenges the most creative of classification.

  • 29 - Great Opera Choruses - Sunday Concerts 11h/16h

When it comes to Opera, its true presence in popular culture is sometimes forgotten. In this concert, the Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir, under the direction of conductor Jorge Matta, perform some of the most exciting Great Choruses from 19th-century opera.

Christmas Concerts

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

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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.

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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.

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Caixa Alfama

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Summer Garden

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.

Download here the complete program or check our blog for daily news.

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Lisbon’s Festivities

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

For the first time displayed to the public, 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.

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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.

Torres Vedras
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).

Loures
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
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.

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“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/

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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.

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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.

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Christmas Concerts

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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