Sunday, 26 October 2008

Portuguese handicrafts in exhibition at Portimão’s Continente Shopping Centre

Beautiful handicrafts made by craftsmen from Monchique, Lagoa, Ferragudo, Albufeira, Estômbar, Porches & Portimão will be on display at Portimão’s Continente Shopping Centre

The exhibition is organised by the Association of Artisans of the Algarve, a not-for-profit organisation based in Lagoa whose aim is to promote handicrafts made in the South of Portugal.

Daily 1st to 3oth November 2008,
10AM to 11PM daily (Fridays and Saturdays till Midnight)
Venue: Continente Shopping Centre, Quinta da Malata, 8500 Portimão, Portugal

Associação dos Artesãos do Algarve (in Portuguese)

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Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Subaqua photographic exhibition at the Museum of Portimão – until 26th October 2008

Don’t miss the chance to appreciate the beauty of the subaquatic Portuguese seaworld, including that around Portimão as photographed by 20 of the best subaqua photographers.

30 of the photographs have been specially selected for this exhibition.

Videos of shipwrecks will also be on exhibit.

Both at the awe-inspiring Portimão Museum.

Daily until 26th October 2008, 10AM to 18PM
Venue: Portimão Museum, Rua D. Carlos I, 8500 - 607 Portimão
Tel. (+351) 282 412 238

Ticket prices: Free of charge

Links & Notes:

‘Scuba diving is swimming underwater, or taking part in another activity, while using a scuba set. By carrying a source of breathing gas (usually compressed air), the scuba diver is able to stay underwater longer than with the simple breath-holding techniques used in snorkelling and free-diving, and is not hindered by air lines to a remote air source. The scuba diver typically swims underwater by using fins attached to the feet’. (Wikipedia)

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Wednesday, 15 October 2008

'Olhar Picasso' - Picasso and 20th century Portuguese Art at Galeria Arade, Portimão

Only a few days left to see this amazing exhibition that includes 19 original paintings, ceramics, lithographs and drawings from one of the founders of Cubism as well as some photographs that capture special intimate moments of the artist: Picasso.

There are also some 100 exhibits of art works by portuguese artists influenced by the art of Picasso: Almada Negreiros, Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, Santa-Rita Pintor, Júlio Pomar, Júlio Resende e Mário Cesariny.

Born in Málaga, Spain, in 1881, Pablo Picasso lived until the age of 92. Part of his life has been captured by the photographer Lee Miller (wife of Roland Penrose, Picasso’s biographer), whose exhibits you can see for the first time in Portugal with photos taken of Picasso between 1936 and 1970. These photos have been shown recently at the Picasso Museum in Barcelona.

Daily Until 19th October 2008, 10AM to 18PM
Venue: Galeria do Arade - Portimão Arena - Parque de Feiras e Exposições - Portimão

Ticket prices: €5

Location: Galeria Arade easily accessible from the centre of Portimão by car or local bus. It’s within walking distance from Portimão’s Riverside Area. Location (Google Maps)

Links & Notes:

'Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso (October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973) was an Andalusian-Spanish painter, draughtsman, and sculptor. As one of the most recognized figures in twentieth-century art, he is best known for co-founding the Cubist movement and for the wide variety of styles embodied in his work. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) and his depiction of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, Guernica (1937)'. (Wikipedia)
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Monday, 13 October 2008

Rossini, Verdi, & Bizet Classic Operas in Portimão

Do you like Opera? If yes do not miss the classics in Portimão. Prepare for a most enjoyable evening of classic entertainment.

Opening Gala Night with excerpts from Rossini, Mozart, Saint-Saens, Gounod, Puccini, Cilea, Verdi, & Giménez.
Singers: Fernando Guimarães, Maria Luisa de Freitas, Bruno Pereira, Ana Paula Russo, Constantin Nica, Giovanna Lanza, Ruben Amoretti
Musical director: José Ferreira Lobo.
Duration: 1h 15 min.
Tuesday: 14th October 2008

The Barber of Seville, Rossini
Staging director: Giulio Ciabati
Musical director: José Ferreira Lobo
Cast & Singers:
Figaro: Luís Rodrigues
Count of Almaviva: Fernando Guimarães
Dr Bártolo: José Corvelo
Rosina: Ana Paula Russo
Don Basílio: Ruben Amoretti
Fiorello: Rui Silva
Choir of the Orchestra of the North
Ensemble Cant’Art; Amalgama Dance Company
Duration: 2h 10min
Friday 17th & Saturday 18th October 2008

Oratory ‘ LLanto por Ignacio Sanchez Mejias’ by Maurice Ohana
Merges music with the rhythm of the verse and bullfighting.
Musical director: José Ferreira Lobo
Singers: José de Oliveira Lopes
Choir of the Orchestra of the North; Amalgama Dance Company
Duration: 1h 20min
Note: Start time is 10PM
Tuesday: 21st October 2008

Aida, Verdi (concert version)
Musical director: José Ferreira Lobo
Cast & Singers:
Aida: Alexandra Wilson
Radames: Constantin Nica
Amneris: Maria Luisa de Freitas
Amonasro: Luís Rodrigues
Ramfis: Rubén Amoretti
Pharaoh: Bruno Pereira
Priestess:Carla Simões
Messenger: Carlos Courech
Choir of the Orchestra of the North
Ensemble Cant’Art
Duration: 2h 20min
Friday: 24th October 2008

Carmen, Bizet

Musical director: José Ferreira Lobo
Cast & Singers:
Carmen: Giovanna Lanzo
Don José: Constantin Nica
Escamillo: Luís Rodrigues
Micaela: Elvira Ferreira
Frasquita: Rosalva Mancilla
Mercedes: Sara Estrada
Dancaire: Rodolfo Garay
Remendado: Helder Bento
Zuniga: Bruno Pereira
Morales: Edgar Gil
Choir of the Orchestra of the North
Adágio Choral Group ; Ensemble Cant’Art ; Amalgama Dance Company
Duration: 2h 15min
Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th October 2008

Shows start at 9.30PM

Venue: Portimão Municipal Auditorium

Ticket prices: €15
Combined ticket for all shows at €60
{Suitable for children aged 8 & 12 (Carmen) and above}

Tickets on sale at Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium (Avenida Miguel Bombarda, 8500-508 Portimão, box office open during weekdays from 2PM to 8.0PM); extended opening hours on show days (10AM till the start of the show).

Location: Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium is excellent for musical events and 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.

Links & Notes:

Details from Portimão Local Council (in Portuguese)

Gioachino Antonio Rossini (February 29, 1792 – November 13, 1868) was a popular Italian composer who created 39 operas as well as sacred music and chamber music. His best known works include Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville), La Cenerentola and Guillaume Tell (William Tell). (Wikipedia)

The Barber of Seville, or The Useless Precaution (Il barbiere di Siviglia, ossia L'inutile precauzione) is an opera buffa in two acts by Gioachino Rossini with a libretto (based on Pierre Beaumarchais's comedy Le Barbier de Séville) by Cesare Sterbini. The overture, first written for Aureliano in Palmira, is a famous example of Rossini’s characteristic Italian style. (Wikipedia)

Giuseppe Fortunino Francesco Verdi (pronounced [dʒuˈzɛpːe ˈverdi] in Italian; October 9 or 10, 1813 – January 27, 1901) was an Italian Romantic composer, mainly of opera. He was one of the most influential composers of Italian opera in the 19th century. His works are frequently performed in opera houses throughout the world and, transcending the boundaries of the genre, some of his themes have long since taken root in popular culture - such as "La donna è mobile" from Rigoletto, "Va, pensiero" (The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves) from Nabucco, and "Libiamo ne' lieti calici" (The Drinking Song) from La traviata. Although his work was sometimes criticized for using a generally diatonic rather than a chromatic musical idiom and having a tendency toward melodrama, Verdi’s masterworks dominate the standard repertoire a century and a half after their composition. (Wikipedia)

Aida (sometimes spelled Aïda, IPA: [əɪˈiːdə], from Arabic: عايدة [ˈʕaːjdah]) an Arabic female name meaning "visitor" or "returning"; a Swahili, female name meaning "reward") is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi. (Wikipedia)

Ignacio Sánchez Mejías (June 6, 1891, Seville—August 13, 1934, Madrid) was a Spanish bullfighter, one of the greatest in history. He was also a writer. He enjoyed enormous popularity. (Wikipedia)

Georges Bizet was a French composer and pianist of the Romantic era. He is best known for the opera Carmen. (Wikipedia)

Carmen is a French opéra comique by Georges Bizet. The libretto is by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy, based on the novella of the same title by Prosper Mérimée, first published in 1845, itself influenced by the narrative poem ‘The Gypsies’ (1824) by Pushkin. (Wikipedia)

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Wednesday, 1 October 2008

What’s On in the Algarve in October 2008

It’s not as hot as during the Summer months but the Sun keeps on shinning in the Algarve!

Enjoy the golf, the motorbike races at the new Algarve Motor Park, the music concerts, the nights at the opera, the exhibition celebrating Picasso, game fishing, the global yacht ocean race and much more!

You’ll find this brochure in hard copy at Faro Airport (in the Tourist Office) and in all Tourist Offices in the Algarve or you can download it from here:

Guide to What's On in October 2008

Enjoy the Algarve! There is more to it than ‘Sun, Sea & Sand’!

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