Sunday, 20 April 2008

‘25 April Returns in Style’: Freedom Day Celebrations in Portimão

Portimão celebrates Freedom Day (Dia da Liberdade) & the Carnation Revolution of 25 April 1974 with 2 musical events:

Thursday 24th April, a concert by the Military Band of the Portuguese Air Force

Friday 25th April, A show by Vitorino with Filipa Pais & the Folk Choral Group from Redondo, Alentejo (Grupo de Cantares do Redondo)

Both events are free of charge, start at 9.30PM and take place in Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium.

Tickets can be obtained from Wednesday 23rd, 10AM at the box office of the auditorium.

Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium is located in the centre of the city at Avenida Miguel Bombarda, near Portimão’s main tourist office. Easily accessible from Praia da Rocha, Alvor, Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, Lagoa, Armação de Pêra and Lagos.

In addition, on Friday 25th April from 10AM make your way to the Riverside area (Zona Ribeirinha) to see:
- the departure of the runners of the ‘Liberty Run’/marathon run;
- entertainment activities for children throughout the day until 7PM.

Enjoy Freedom Day & the 25 April Celebrations !


‘The Carnation Revolution was a leftist, military-led coup d'état, started on April 25, 1974, in Lisbon, Portugal, that effectively changed the Portuguese regime from an authoritarian dictatorship to a democracy.’ (Wikipedia)

Vitorino is a Portuguese singer-songwriter born in 1942. His music combine his two life-long passions: the traditional music of his native region of Alentejo and his personal style of urban popular song built around his rich, smooth voice.’ (Wikipedia)

Vitorino collaborated with with José Afonso (aka Zeca Afonso) together with
Fausto Bordalo Dias and other ‘political musicians’.

‘Zeca is among the most influential folk and political musicians of the Portuguese history. He became an icon among Portuguese left-wing activists due to the role of his music in the resistance against the dictatorial regime of Oliveira Salazar that triumphed with the democratic Carnation Revolution. In the ensuing revolutionary process, Zeca was a very active musician and continued composing political and folk songs, often criticizing the post-revolutionary changes. Years after his death, Zeca Afonso is still widely listened to, not only in Portugal, but also abroad.’ (Wikipedia)

Filipa Pais is a Portuguese singer with a sublime voice that sings ‘Zeca Afonso’ songs.

Grupo de Cantares do Redondo is an acapela group from the town of Redondo that sings traditional songs from the Alentejo region. Vitorino works closely with this group and was part of the group earlier in his career.

Other musical events taking place in the Algarve with other popular musicians associated with the 25th April & Zeca Afonso include:

Francisco Fanhais in S. Bartolomeu de Messines, District Council building (sede da Junta de Freguesia), Thursday 24th April at 9.30PM.

Paulo de Carvalho in Faro, Praça da Pontinha, Thursday 24th April at 10PM.

Fausto Bordalo Dias in Vila Real de Santo António, Praça Marquês de Pombal, Friday 25th April at 10PM

Links (Wikipedia):

Carnation Revolution
Carnation Revolution (Portuguese)

Vitorino (Portuguese)

Zeca Afonso
Zeca Afonso (Portuguese)
Blog with Zeca’s music (Portuguese)

Fausto Bordalo Dias fan site
Fausto Bordalo Dias (Portuguese)

Francisco Fanhais (Portuguese)

For a glimpse of these artists:

Algarve Holiday Studio:
For a memorable stay at Praia da Rocha, Algarve !

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