Saturday, 29 March 2008

Algar Moto Expo 2008 at Portimão Arena

Two days to feast your eyes at new models of motorbikes.

Saturday 5th of April, 2PM - Midnight
Sunday 6th of April, 2PM - 10PM

Motorbikes of different types and for all tastes! Also an acrobatic show for your entertainment.

Entrance is free of charge.
Portimão Arena is an excellent exhibition centre easily accessible from the centre of Portimão and within walking distance from Portimão’s Riverside Area.
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Monday, 24 March 2008

Salve Regina Recital at Estômbar’s Igreja Matriz - Parish Church, Friday 28 March 2008

Estômbar Igreja Matriz - Parish Church
Recital of Church music by the Ensemble Vox Angelis.

Friday 28th March at 9 PM

Entrance is free of charge.

‘The Salve Regina is predominantly used in the Catholic Church, typically around feast days like the Assumption or Immaculate Conception .
As a piece of music, it is extremely old, an example of the Gregorian chant of the Middle Ages; the tune may date back as far as the 11th century.’- Wikipedia

VOX ANGELIS is a group of professional musicians with a large repertoire covering medieval music and more contemporary works.

Estômbar is a non-touristy pretty little town between Portimão and Lagoa. Accessed within 30 mins from Praia da Rocha, Portimão by train, bus or car.

Ensemble Vox Angelis (in Portuguese)
Ensemble Vox Angelis samples of music

Gregorian Chant - "Salve Regina"

Salve Regina (Wikipedia)

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Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Jazz in Portimão with the Marta Hugon Quartet

Marta will sing songs from her new album Story Teller at the Riverside area in Portimão, next to the Arade River (Zona Ribeirinha) on Thursday 8th May at 10PM.

Tickets cost 5 euros.

Marta, born in Lisbon, had her first album in 2005 Tender Trap which received excellent reviews.

Marta’s sound is perfect Jazz!

Marta Hugon website
Marta Hugon singing 'Too close for comfort'
Jazz overview (wikipedia)

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Sunday, 16 March 2008

Bicycle Moto Cross: BMX Free Style in Portimão, Algarve, Portugal

Image taken by Daniel Schwen

Check out the creative way of using bikes that is Free Style BMX!

Demonstrations taking place in the Riverside area of Portimão; near Largo do Dique & the Naval Club (Clube Naval).

Saturday March 22nd 15.30PM & Sunday March 23rd 15.30PM

Also, Saturday March 29th 16.00PM watch the third leg of the Portuguese BMX Race Cup. Taking place at Portimão’s Skate Park.
This is inside Parque da Juventude (Youth Park) and can be reached from Praia da Rocha via Avenida V6 and Avenida Miguel Bombarda.

Note: March is a busy month with lots of activities for young people by young people in Portimão and Praia da Rocha! Organised by Portimão’s Local Town Council.

Other activities taking place at Portimão’s Riverside and Praia da Rocha include:

Demonstration of Taekwondo; African Dance (Jogo de Oril); Exhibition of Youth Art; Fashion Show; Poetry Recital (21st March; World Poetry Day); Beach Football Competition at a newly opened facility in Praia da Rocha; Open day at Portimão’s Naval Club; Surfing by the Pier at Praia da Rocha, and more.

Freestyle BMX on Wikipedia:
‘Freestyle BMX (Bicycle Moto Cross) has grown to include five distinct disciplines. These are Street, Park, Vert, Dirt, and Flatland. These usually involve technical movements of the bike in different ways over varied terrain.’

BMX in Portimão’s Parque da Juventude – SkatePark Video Clip

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Thursday, 13 March 2008

Easter 2008: Classical Music Concerts in Portimão, Mexilhoeira Grande & Alvor

Celebrate Easter by attending concerts taking place in different Parish Churches in Portimão and nearby.
Entrance is free of charge.

All concerts are by Orchestra do Norte, Ensemble Vocal Pró-música (Portugal) and Ensemble Cant´arte (México).

Thursday March 20th 9.30PM
Mexilhoeira Grande Parish Church – Igreja Matriz

Extracts from Johann Sebastian Bach's Passion according to St. John
By the Ensemble Cant´Art & Orquestra do Norte.
Conductor: Manuel Flores Palácio

Easter Friday March 21st 3.30PM
Alvor Parish Church – Igreja Matriz
Johann Sebastian Bach's Mass in B minor, BWV 232
By the Ensemble Cant´Art & Orquestra do Norte.
Conductor: Manuel Flores Palácio

Easter Friday March 21st 9.30PM
Portimão Parish Church – Igreja Matriz
Stabat Mater, Antonin Dvorák
By Orquestra do Norte, the Ensemble Cant´Art & Ensemble Vocal Pro Musica.
Conductor: José Ferreira Lobo


Previous blog entries referring to concerts at Portimão’ Igreja Matriz Church:

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Paintings by Madeline Sousa at EMARP Gallery, Portimão

The EMARP art gallery is exhibiting paintings by Madeline Sousa until Friday 14th March 2008.

The painter lived for a period in Macau and these oil paintings are inspired by her travels in the East.

Madeline has been exhibiting her work since 1997.

The EMARP art gallery can be visited on weekdays. Opening times: 8.30AM to 5PM.

Location: The EMARP gallery is inside the EMARP building, Rua José António Marques (near the Portimonense Football Stadium).

EMARP is Portimão's water supplier, sewage and recycling organisation.

EMARP and further information (in Portuguese)

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Monday, 3 March 2008

One of the most fascinating and entertaining women’s football tournaments in the World kicks off on Wednesday 5th March, 2008

THE XVth ALGARVE Women’s Football Cup kicks off on Wednesday 5th of March 2008 at the Algarve Stadium, Almancil near Faro, with Germany playing Denmark (1.15PM local time) and Portugal playing Republic of Ireland (3.45PM local time).

Twelve teams will battle it out in 3 rounds: US, Republic of Ireland, Portugal, Germany, Poland, Italy, China, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Sweden and Iceland.

3 of the 24 matches will take place at the Restinga Stadium in Alvor. The Restinga Stadium is the football grounds of the Portuguese club Alvorense. It’s easy to get to the grounds by taxi from Praia da Rocha, Portimão or Alvor.

Alvor Riverside Area

Norway will play at the Restinga Stadium against Italy on March 5th at 4.15PM and later on Friday 7th March at 1.45PM the USA will play Italy. The third match will be the USA Vs Norway at 3PM on Monday 10th March.

The Cup final is on Wednesday March 12 at the Municipal Stadium in the town of Vila Real Santo António at 2.30PM local time.

Apart from Alvor, VR Santo António & Almancil other venues in the Algarve include Lagos, Albufeira, Faro, Loulé and Olhão.

Enjoy the football! And may the best team win!


Flyer with all the information

Algarve Stadium

Restinga Stadium, Alvor

Venue details for matches


5th March Results:

Portugal 2-0 Ireland
Iceland 2-0 Poland
Denmark 1-0 Germany
Sweden 3-1 Finland
USA 4-0 China
Norway 4-2 Italy

7th March Results:

Denmark 1-0 Sweden
Germany 3-0 Finland
USA 2-0 Italy
Norway 3-1 China
Poland 1-3 Portugal
Ireland 1-4 Iceland

10th March Results:

Finland 0-1 Denmark
2-0 Sweden
USA 4-0 Norway
China 0-2 Italy
Portugal 0-3 Iceland
Poland 0-1 Ireland

12th March Results

11th Place Match : Ireland 5-6 Poland (10AM; Complexo Desportivo Arsénio Catuna, Guia)
9th Place Match : China 5–4 Portugal (10AM; Complexo Desportivo Montechoro)
7th Place Match : Finlând 0–3 Iceland (10.30AM; Estádio Municipal de Loulé)
5th Place Match : Sweden 3–0 Italy (10.30AM; Estádio José Arcanjo, Olhão)
3rd Place Match : Germany 0–2 Norway (10.AM; Estádio Municipal de Vila Real de Santo António)

Match for the Championship : Denmark 1–2 USA (14.30PM ; Estádio Municipal de Vila Real de Santo António)


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Saturday, 1 March 2008

Orchestra of the Algarve: Concert at Portimão’s Igreja Matriz Church – Saturday March 8th 2008

UNWIND at Portimão’s Igreja Matriz Church listening to the Orchestra of the Algarve play works by Luís Tinoco (born 1969), Astor Piazzola (1921-1992), Luís de Freitas Branco (1890-1955) and Joly Braga Santos (1924-1988).

Entrance to the concert is free of charge and the concert starts at 9.30PM.
Note: The church is next to the Alameda Square and close to Portimão’s Shopping Zone


Luís Tinoco (n.1969) Antípoda (debut)

Astor Piazzola (1921-1992) arr. lan Mikirtoumov Las Quatro Estaciones Porteñas


Luís de Freitas Branco (1890-1955) Two melodies for chords orchestra

Joly Braga Santos (1924-1988) Divertimento nº1

Conductor: Cesário Costa,
Solist: Gonçalo Pescada (Acordeon)


Previous blog entries referring to concerts at Portimão’ Igreja Matriz Church:
2007 Christmas Concert in Portimão’s Igreja Matriz Church
Classical Music at Portimão’s Igreja Matriz Church – 16th January 2008

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