Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Have a spectacular time at Praia da Rocha, Portimão and Alvor! New Year's Eve 2009

Where will you be?

31st of December 2009, Programme

1. Portimão Riverside

22:00 PM / Party Starts!

23:00 PM / Steel Drums with Wok – Ritmo Avassalador e Bidonmanias

Midnight / Spectacular Firework display !

00:20 / Edna Pimenta – Brazilian Band

2. Alvor Riverside

Midnight / Spectacular Firework display !

00:20AM / - Latin American Music with Cubanissímos

3. Praia da Rocha Scenic Viewpoint (near Jardins da Rocha)

18:00 PM till 2AM / Dance till you drop with a well known DJ!

Midnight / Mega Spectacular Firework display at the Fantastic beach!

Algarve at it’s best! Have a great time! We’ll be surprised if you don’t!

Happy Christmas and have a Wonderful 2010 !

Links & Notes:

Edna Pimenta Website

Edna Pimenta E A Banda Bambaiana Sorte Grande

Edna Pimenta Tour 2009

Wok – Ritmo Avassalador e Bidonmanias

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Saturday, 12 December 2009

‘Delfins’ Portuguese pop-rock band, Farewell Tour, Portimão, Algarve, Sunday 13 December 2009

Delfins, a famous Portuguese pop-rock band from Cascais are in concert in Portimão, Algarve: Part of Portimão’s municipal holiday celebrations.

The band has a career spanning 25 years and in their farewell tour will ‘illustrate’ their 25 years with songs, colours and images. A concert not to be missed!

Sunday 13th December 2009, 9.30PM

Venue: Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium

Location: Av. Miguel Bombarda, 8500 Portimão, Portugal, Tel. 282 470 823, google map

Tickets: €10

Links & Notes:

Delfins is a Portuguese pop-rock band, from Cascais. Its lead vocalist is Miguel Ângelo.

Delfins in myspace

Videos:

Delfins ‘Baía de Cascais’

Delfins ‘Sou como um rio’

Delfins‘um lugar ao sol’

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Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Winery and Art Open Day @ Quinta dos Vales, Estômbar, Saturday 12th December 2009

Situated next to Estômbar and close to Portimão & Praia da Rocha (10 min drive) is Quinta dos Vales.

During this Open Day you will be able to vist the beautiful gardens decorated with ifascinating sculptures where you will be able to see artists at work. Also, visit the winery and taste the wines, and take a walk to see a large variety of animals. A great fun day and All free of charge!

Saturday 12th December 2009, 9 AM – 6PM

Venue: Quinta dos Vales

Location: Sitio dos Vales,

8400-031 Estômbar, Algarve, Portugal

GPS: 37º08’ 59.01’’N 8º28’35.83’’W

Tel: (+351) 282 431 036

google map:

Tickets: Free Entry this day only.

Contact Quinta dos Vales to arrange visits and price for visits on other dates.

Links & Notes:

Quinta dos Vales: http://www.quintadosvales.eu

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Tuesday, 1 December 2009

What’s On in the Algarve in December 2009

Beautifully decorated streets. Roasted Chestnuts and lovely Xmas spirit! The best of European weather and great New Year parties and Fireworks displays! Lots to look forward to in the Algarve during the month of December!

- Russian Army Choir, Orchestra & Dance

- New Year’s Eve Parties & Spectacular Firework Displays!

- McDonald’s Youth Tennis competition

- ‘Horse and Chart in Portimão’: Exhibition at the Portimão Museum

- Photography exhibition at the Portimão Museum

- Choir music events

- String Quartet plays classical music

- Brazilian music

- Fado Amateur Singers Competition

- Classical music: Cristão Silva

- Xmas Concerts with the Portuguese Chamber Music Orchestra

- Father Xmas Walk in Albufeira

- Algarve Light Sailing Championship at Praia da Rocha

- Bird watching in Alvor!

- Father Xmas Parade

And a lot more is taking place this month!

Obtain the Algarve What’s On Guide in hard copy at Faro Airport (in the Tourist Office) and in all Tourist Offices throughout the Algarve or you can download it from here:

What’s On in the Algarve in December 2009

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

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Saturday, 21 November 2009

Popular Brazilian Music singer Gal Costa at Praia da Rocha, 30th November 2009

Gal Costa is probably the best singer of the Popular Brazilian Music genre and she'll be touring the Algarve before visiting venues in Lisbon and Oporto.

Expect the singer from Bahia to take you on a voyage with music by Chico Buarque , Caetano Veloso, Tom Jobim and others. An acoustic, sophisticated and intimate concert.


Monday 30th November 2009, from 20.30PM
Venue: Hotel Algarve Casino

Location: Avenida Tomás Cabreira, Praia da Rocha, Portugal, 8500-802, Tel: +351 282 402 000, google map.

Tickets: €50 with dinner

Links & Notes:

Gal Costa official website

Gal Costa (Wikipedia)

Gal Costa sings Mar e Sol - Live

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Saturday, 14 November 2009

Tarikavalli dances Bharatanatyam at TEMPO, Portimão, 14th November 2009



The TEMPO (Portimão’s Municipal Theatre) invites lovers of Classical Indian dance Bharatanatyam to enjoy the talented Tarikavalli. A lady with Portuguese origins that also teaches.

Tarikavalli will dance ‘Trimûrti or the 3 faces’. She will be accompanied by musicians flown from Bangalore.

Saturday 14th November 2009, 9.30PM
Venue: TEMPO - TEatro Municipal de POrtimão).
Tickets: €10

Location: TEMPO - TEatro Municipal de POrtimão).
Address: Largo 1º Dezembro, 8500-538 Portimão, Phone: (+351) 282 402 475 & 961579917. Google map

Links & Notes:

‘Bharatanatyam (Tamil: பரதநாட்டியம்) is a classical Indian dance form originating in Tamil Nadu, India. One of the oldest of the classical dance forms in India, it is also known as the fifth Veda. Bharatanatyam is usually accompanied by the classical music. It has its inspirations from the sculptures of the ancient temple of Chidambaram. Bharatanatyam, as the name depicts is the combination of:

BHA- Bhava (Expression), RA- Raga (Music) and TA- Tala (Rhythm) Bharatanatyam is a traditional dance-form known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses. Today, it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by many dancers all over the world.’ (Wikipedia)

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Thursday, 12 November 2009

Welcome to Portimão and Praia da Rocha all aboard cruise ships ms Prinsendam & Wind Spirit, 13th November 2009

Have a great time in Portimão & Praia da Rocha with our suggested itinerary for your day on shore!

Friday 13th November 2009
8.00 -8.30 – Walk from the Dockside towards Portimão Riverside and then on to the centre of Portimão

8.30 – 9.15 – Visit Portimão’s Main Market (open 7AM till 2PM). A delight of fish and other Portuguese produce including the best fruit: the famous Algarve orange!

9.30 – 10.30 – Explore Praça da República; also know as the Alameda and visit Portimão’s baroque churches & Diogo Gonçalves Museum (open from 9.30)

10.30 -11.30 – Explore the shopping zone

11.45 – Make your way to Portimão’s Riverside and decide where to have lunch

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch @ Casa Inglesa or Clube Naval or Dona Barca or U Venâncio Restaurants

13.00 - 14.00 – Explore St Martinho’s Fair

14.00 – 15.00 – Visit Portimão’s City Museum

15.00 – Walk to Marina de Portimão and Praia da Rocha

15.30 – 16.30 - Explore Praia da Rocha

16.30 – Walk back to the docks & your ship

See the above in more detail here: http://tinyurl.com/yf767yf


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Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Praia da Rocha is the perfect venue for your New Year Celebration!

Have you chosen who you want to be with and where you want to be at midnight on 31st December 2009?

At Praia da Rocha beach the atmosphere is great to usher in the New Year!

Great scenery, great partying atmosphere, great food and drink with plenty of music and fireworks!

For a concert with non-stop dancing Brazilian music make your way to the Riverside area in Portimao and hear Edna Pimenta.

Links & Notes

Edna Pimenta e a Banda Bambaiana Sorte Grande

Edna Pimenta Tour 2009

Edna Pimenta official website

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€50 per night. Perfect for a couple or small family!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

European Taekwondo Poomsae Championship, 14th-15th November 2009

Taekwondo is a martial art of Korean origin. It is an Olympic Sport.

Enjoy the action with competitors from several countries including Portugal, Hungry, Spain, Belgium, England, Check Republic, Poland, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Italy, Serbia, Holland, Austria, Israel, Turkey and France.

Some 400 athletes in competition from 19 countries!

Saturday 14th November 2009 &
Sunday 15th November 2009, 9AM to 8PM

With a ‘coaching’ session on Friday13th November 2009 from 4PM to 6PM & a master class on Saturday 14th November from 4PM to 5PM, both free of charge.

Venue: Portimão Arena - Parque de Feiras e Exposições - Portimão, Algarve, Portugal
Tickets:
Free entry

Location: Portimão Arena is an excellent exhibition centre easily accessible from the centre of Portimão by car or local bus. It’s within walking distance from Portimão’s Riverside Area. Google map


Links & Notes

Timetable and full details here: http://www.europoomsae2009.com/.

The competition is organised in conjunction with the European Taekwondo Union, the Portuguese Fereation of Taekwondo and the Taekwondo Club of Portimão: http://www.tkdportimao.com/

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Sunday, 1 November 2009

What’s On in the Algarve in November 2009

Add sunshine to your life with a visit to the Algarve and enjoy great entertainment & sports events!

- Brasilian music
- Opera ‘Carmina Burana’
- Capoeira meet
- Karting days for kids
- Classical music: Tchaikovsky & Schostakovich
- Baroque music: Clarinet Quartet & Lenbach Trio
- Ballet ‘Swan Lake'
- Painting & photography exhibitions
- Indian Dance by Tarikavalli
- Martial Arts competition: Poomsae
- Tennis competition
- Casinos do Algarve Car Rally
- George Dandin play by Moliere
- Fado Amateur Singers Competition
- Traditional Folk Music Evening
- Organ Music Festival
- Car racing competitions at the Algarve International Motor Park

And a lot more is taking place this month!

Obtain the Algarve What’s On Guide in hard copy at Faro Airport (in the Tourist Office) and in all Tourist Offices throughout the Algarve or you can download it from here:

What’s On in the Algarve in November 2009

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

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Saturday, 31 October 2009

Radio Alvor FM Acoustic Festival, Portimão, 31 October 2009

The Best of Acoustic Music is in Portimão!
Saturday 31st October 2009 at 9.30PM

Xico Barata (African music)
Tuniko Goulart (Brasilian guitarist)
Tuka Moura (Brasilian reggae and funk)
J. White
Bubblebath (Algarvian band)
Áurea
Reflect (Hip Hop)
Sara & Edgar
Edmundo e Vintém (ex-D’Zrt)


Venue: Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium, Av. Miguel Bombarda
8500 Portimão, Portugal, Tel. 282 470 823


Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium is excellent for musical events and is located in the centre of town (Avenida Miguel Bombarda; near Portimão’s main tourist office). It’s easily accessible from Praia da Rocha, Alvor, Monchique, Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, Lagoa, Armação de Pêra and Lagos.
Tickets: Free of charge! Collect tickets at 9PM from the booking office at the venue
Google map:

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Links & Notes:

‘Acoustic music comprises music that solely or primarily uses instruments which produce sound through entirely acoustic means, as opposed to electric or electronic means.’ (Wikipedia)

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Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Football matches in Portimão at Portimonense Sporting Club

Enjoy watching a game of local football whilst in the Algarve!

If you are at Praia da Rocha or in Portimão you can walk it to the grounds (in the centre of Portimão & next to the main city tourist office).

Portimão is within a short ride from Alvor, Ferragudo, Monchique, Silves, Carvoeiro, Lagoa, Armação de Pêra, Albufeira, Vilamoura, Salema, Burgau, Lagos and Sagres.

Portimão is currently celebrating football success following it’s promotion to the first Division in the Portuguese League!

It’s football party time!

More to come next season!

Go Portimão!

Links & Notes:

Portimonense Sporting Clube (official website in Portuguese)
http://www.portimonensesc.pt/

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Saturday, 24 October 2009

St Martins Fair, 347th in Portimão, nr Praia da Rocha, Algarve

Time to the enjoy traditional roasted chestnuts, the fried-dough pastry ‘farturas’ (known also as churros in Spain and other countries), grilled octopus, popcorn and lots of other foods at the restaurants present at the Fair.

At the Fair (Feira) you will find entertainment for people of all ages and tastes!

You will find exhibit stands of different industries, food products, bric-a-brac, metalwork, porcelain, items made of copper, clothes and shoes, quilts and many others.

Feira de São Martinho is a traditional fair dating back to 1662 during the reign of King Afonso VI of Portugal (The Victorious). The fair was created to celebrate St. Martin's Day (November 11).

The fair is one of the most important Fairs in the annual calendar! Well worth a visit if you are at Praia da Rocha or elsewhere in the barlavento (western side of the Algarve) !

Friday 6th November 2009, 4PM – 1AM
Saturday 7th November 2009, 10AM – 1AM
Sunday 8th November till Thursday 12th November 2009, 10AM – Midnight
Friday 13th & Saturday 14th November 2009: 10AM – 1AM
Sunday 15th November 2009: 10AM – 11PM

Entrance is by the Riverside or by Portimão’s bus depot.
Venue: Parque de Feiras e Exposições de Portimão
Location: google map

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Links & Notes:

St. Martin started out as a Roman soldier who is understood to have been a kind man who led a quiet and simple life.

The most famous legend of his life is that he cut his cloak in half to share with a beggar during a snowstorm, to save the beggar from dying of cold.

Throughout Portugal, St. Martin's Day is celebrated by eating roast chestnuts and drinking sweet wines (Jeropiga)

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Saturday, 17 October 2009

Halloween in Loulé, Saturday 31st October 2009

Not really a Portuguese tradition but Loulé (near Faro) celebrates Halloween as it knows best: with allegoric cars, parades and music! Worth a visit we think!

The centre of activities will be Praça da República, Largo Gago Coutinho, Loulé Castle & Rua 5 de Outubro where you will find many witches, vampires wizards, zombies, and werewolfs! Bring your mask and costume and have fun!

By Loulé’s Castle there will be a space for little ones with bouncy castles, face painting, and other treats!

All Free of Charge!

Saturday 31st October, 9PM

Venue: Streets in the centre of Loulé
Address: Praça da República, Largo Gago Coutinho, Loulé Castle & Rua 5 de Outubro, 8100 Loulé, Algarve, Portugal
Links & Notes:

Shops in Loulé are being decorated according to the Halloween theme.

Haloween (the night of the witches – 'a noite das bruxas') is increasingly celebrated in Portugal!

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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

What’s On in the Algarve in October 2009

It’s always Holiday Season in the Algarve with great entertainment & sports events!

- Opera Nights in Portimão
- Classical music with the Portuguese Chamber Orchestra
- Painting & photography exhibitions
- Car racing competitions at the Algarve International Motor Park
- Super Bike racing competitions at the Algarve International Motor Park
- Karate International Tournament
- Musical Shows at Algarve Casinos
- Porsche Fans meet at Algarve International Motor Park
- Portugal & Algarve Golf Masters Final
- Sand Sculpture Exhibition (FIESA)
- Contemporary Dancing
- Fado Competition
- Jazz events
- Amalia Remembered Concert
- Portuguese Rock Concerts
- KrazyWorld Algarve Zoo for kids

And a lot more is taking place this month!

Obtain the Algarve What’s On Guide in hard copy at Faro Airport (in the Tourist Office) and in all Tourist Offices throughout the Algarve or you can download it from here:

What’s On in the Algarve in October 2009


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

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Tuesday, 1 September 2009

What’s On in the Algarve in September 2009


Summer rolls on in the Algarve with great entertainment, sports & food events!

- Music concert with Madredeus & the Cosmic Band
- Accordeon Competition
- Fado nights
- Classical Music Concerts
- Brazilian music with Canta Bahia
- Cataplana and gastronomical events
- Fashion Show in Portimão
- Astronomy night in Albufeira
- Many Jazz events
- Portuguese Folk Music
- Sports activities at Praia da Rocha beach
- Horse jumping Competition
- Car racing competitions at the Algarve International Motor Park
- Painting & photography exhibitions
- Agro exhibition
- Sand Sculpture Festival (Fiesa)

And a lot more is taking place this month!

Obtain the Algarve What’s On Guide in hard copy at Faro Airport (in the Tourist Office) and in all Tourist Offices throughout the Algarve or you can download it from here:

What’s On in the Algarve in September 2009


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

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Tuesday, 4 August 2009

Beach Football at Praia da Rocha, 7-9 August 2009

Will Portugal win the Mundialito de Futebol de Praia competition as they did last year?

Come and watch for free!

The competition involves teams from 4 countries: Spain, Brazil, Portugal and United Arab Emirates

A purpose built stadium has been erected in the gorgeous golden sand of Praia da Rocha!

Friday 7th August 2009, 2pm
Brazil vs Spain

Friday 7th August 2009, 3pm
Portugal vs United Arab Emirates


Saturday 8th August 2009, 2pm
Brazil vs United Arab Emirates

Saturday 8th August 2009, 3pm
Portugal vs Spain

Sunday 9th August 2009, 2pm
Spain vs United Arab Emirates

Sunday 9th August 2009, 3pm
Portugal vs Brazil


Venue: Beach Football stadium at Praia da Rocha

Location: Praia da Rocha, 8500 Portimão, Portugal
The stadium is near the marina and next to the Pier. Google map link
UPDATE: Portugal wins Competition again!

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Sunday, 2 August 2009

What’s On in the Algarve in August 2009

In August the Algarve explodes in a festival of music and entertainment !
You are never too far from great Music, Sun, Sea and Sand!
Enjoy the Summer the Algarve way!

- Seal in Concert
- James Morrison, Bloc Party, the Waterboys & many others at the Rock One Festival (Algarve Motor Park)
- World Press Photo Exhibiton
- Sasha Beach dance nights at Praia da Rocha
- Portimão’s Sardine Festival – great food and music!
- Olhão’s Shell Fish Festival – great seafood and music!
- Silves Medieval Fair – eat, drink and be merry medieval style!
- Fatacil Music Festival – much more than great music
- Bio/Vegetarian meals at various restaurants in the Algarve

And a lot more is taking place this month!

Obtain the Algarve What’s On Guide in hard copy at Faro Airport (in the Tourist Office) and in all Tourist Offices throughout the Algarve or you can download it from here:

What’s On in the Algarve in August 2009

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

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Monday, 6 July 2009

A Guide to the Best Summer Music in the Algarve, 2009

The Best Summer in Europe is here!

Check out our guide to Summer Music in the Algarve.

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Sunday 30 August 2009 at 9 PM

Fado and more! @ Fatacil 2009
Venue: Fatacil, Lagoa
Location: Lagoa, google map link

Tickets: €5 per adult, or €15 for a family ticket (four adults). Children up to 12: Free of charge. FATACIL is open everyday from 16h00 to 01h00

Further Details: Secretariado FATASUL . Apartado 66 - 8401.901 LAGOA (Algarve). Tel. 00 351 282 353 453 . Fax: 00 351 282 342 963 . Email: fatasul@mail.telepac.pt

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Sunday 30 August 2009 at 10.30 PM
Venue: Fatacil, Lagoa
Location: Lagoa, google map link
Tickets: €5 per adult, or €15 for a family ticket (four adults). Children up to 12: Free of charge. FATACIL is open everyday from 16h00 to 01h00
Further Details: Secretariado FATASUL . Apartado 66 - 8401.901 LAGOA (Algarve). Tel. 00 351 282 353 453 . Fax: 00 351 282 342 963 . Email: fatasul@mail.telepac.pt
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Thursday, 2 July 2009

What’s On in the Algarve in July 2009

The best Summer in Europe is here! Visit the Algarve with lots of events to complement the Sun, Sea and Sand!

- Joss Stone in Concert
- Cabaret style musicals at Hotel Algarve Casino
- Allgarve Jazz 2009!
- Classical music
- Mozart’s Classic Opera D. Giovanni
- Concert with Il Divo’s Carlos Marin
- Contemporary Dance events
- Art & Painting Exhibitions
- World Press Photo Exhibition
- Theatre by Canto Nono – alluding to Lusíadas by Luís de Camões
- Football Competition
- International Horse Show Jumping Competition
- Clubbing at Praia da Rocha – Sasha Summer Sessions
- Bio/Vegetarian meals at various restaurants
- Book Fair at Portimão’s riverside
- 1000 km Le Mans Night Race

And a lot more is taking place this month!

Obtain the Algarve What’s On Guide in hard copy at Faro Airport (in the Tourist Office) and in all Tourist Offices throughout the Algarve or you can download it from here:

What’s On in the Algarve in July 2009


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

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Thursday, 4 June 2009

What’s On in the Algarve in June 2009


Great weather and no crowds! June is one of the best months to visit the Algarve with lots of events to complement the Sun, Sea and Sand!

- Various Windsurfing Events & World Kite Surfing Circuit;
- International Horse Show Jumping Competition;
- Annual Gymnastics Evening;
- Canoeing Event;
- Festival of the Popular Saints;
- Election of the 7 Portuguese Wonders of the World;
- Classic Cars Tour;
- Fado Music concerts (including Mariza & Ana Moura)
- Bike City Tour (Portimão);
- Jazz concerts;
- Portuguese Folk Dancing;
- Art & Painting Exhibitions;
- Flamenco Dancing;
- Hip Hop Dancing Festival;

And a lot more is taking place this month!

Obtain the Algarve What’s On Guide in hard copy at Faro Airport (in the Tourist Office) and in all Tourist Offices throughout the Algarve or you can download it from here:

What’s On in the Algarve in June 2009
There is more to the Algarve than ‘Sun, Sea & Sand’!

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Friday, 1 May 2009

What’s On in the Algarve in May 2009



It’s time to enjoy the beach and relax and enjoy a large variety of events during May, Beautiful May!

- A Jazz Festival ('May, Beautiful May');
- Classic Music concerts;
- Many dance events covering a wide range of styles (Ballet, Contemporary; Folk, etc);
- Contemporary dance;
- A large variety of Plays at different theatres throughout the Algarve (plays in Portuguese!);
- Photography, Art and Painting Exhibitions;
- The Algarve Motorbike Exhibition;
- Portuguese Touring Car Championship;
- Portimão’s Air Festival;
- World Music Festival MED 2009

And a lot more taking place this month!

Note: Many of the above events are free of charge and/or heavily subsidised by Portuguese Tourism and local councils!

Obtain the Algarve What’s On Guide in hard copy at Faro Airport (in the Tourist Office) and in all Tourist Offices throughout the Algarve or you can download it from here:

What’s On in the Algarve in May 2009 (pdf)


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

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Thursday, 30 April 2009

Lots of short films on show at the ALGARVE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL - Sunday 3rd of May till Saturday 9th May, 2009

The well established Algarve International Film Festival takes place between Sunday 3rd of May 2009 and Friday 8th May 2009, with the wining films being shown on Saturday, 9th May at 9.30 PM in Hall 1 of the Castello Lopes Cinema (Continent Shopping Centre).

This will be the 37th Edition of this Film Festival which is the oldest of it’s kind in Portugal.

The festival will attract more than 100 directors and famous names of the cinema world!
62 films, representing 25 countries will be exhibited - from a total of 3000 films received for selection.

Venue: Castello Lopes Cinema
Continente Shopping Centre, Quinta da Malata, 8500 Portimão, Portugal
Tickets
: €5 to attend all film sessions; €1 per film session

Continente Shopping Centre (sometimes referred to it’s previous name: 'Modelo') is a large shopping centre next to one of the main arteries of the city of Portimão. It has a large number of shops, fast-food restaurants and, of course a cinema.

Location:

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Links & Notes:

Algarve Film Festival Official website and Programme


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Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Contemporary dance at Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium, Thursday 30th April 2009

As is customary during April Contemporary Dance features strongly in Portimão and this year is no exception.

Following Paradise by the Olga Roriz Dance Company it is now the Algarve Dance Company with Terminal B to give us another taste of Contemporary Dance.

Terminal B is about the criss-cross events that take place in our lives.

Thursday 30th April, 9.30PM
Venue: Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium, Ticket office tel. 282 418 547

Tickets: €5

Tickets are on sale from Monday to Saturdays at the box office of Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium from 2PM to 7PM and on the day of the performance from 2PM up until the start of the show (9.30PM).

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Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium is an excellent venue for musical events. Located in the centre of town (Avenida Miguel Bombarda; near Portimão’s main tourist office). Easily accessible from Praia da Rocha, Alvor, Monchique, Ferragudo, Carvoeiro, Lagoa, Armação de Pêra and Lagos.

Links & Notes:

Contemporay Dance (Wikipedia)

The Algarve Dance Company (Companhia de Dança do Algarve)


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Tuesday, 28 April 2009

International Dance Day activities in Portimão, 29th April 2009

You can enjoy an exhibition Uma Carta Coreográfica, join with the music and learn how to dance with the group Tradballs and/or attend a quality musical show (Paradise by Olga Roriz)!

All taking place at The TEMPO (Portimão’s Municipal Theatre)

Uma Carta Coreográfica is an exhibition of paintings, drawings & photographs by renown Portuguese and International artists. The exhibition explores movement, body and dance and how everyday movements and gestures could be seen as manifestations of dance.
Wednesday 29th April (till 30th May), 2PM till 7PM;
Free entry


Tradballs is the duo with Daniel Briz (accordion) and Tiago Cordeiro (Sax soprano and Guitar). These musicians with the help of a dancer will show you how to dance to traditional and swinging sounds!
Wednesday 29th April, 6PM;
Free entry

Paradise is inspired by the American musical genre with familiar themes from the world of cinema and song. Directed by Olga Roriz one of the most notable names in the Portuguese Contemporary Dance scene. A show not to be missed.
Wednesday 29th April, 9.30PM;
Ticket Prices: €5

Venue: TEMPO - TEatro Municipal de POrtimão).
Location: TEMPO - TEatro Municipal de POrtimão).
Address: Largo 1º Dezembro, 8500-538 Portimão, Phone: (+351) 282 402 475/961 579 917 (Ticket Office opening times: Tuesdays to Saturdays: 2PM to 7PM; On days of events: 2PM to 9.30PM)

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Links & Notes:

‘International Dance Day (World Dance Day) has been celebrated on April 29 through promotion by the International Dance Council (CID), an umbrella organization within UNESCO for all kinds of dance.’

‘Among the goals of the Dance Day are to increase the awareness of the importance of dance among the general public, as well as to persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education, from primary to higher.’ (Wikipedia)

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Monday, 20 April 2009

25th April 2009 Celebrations: Portugal’s Freedom Day Celebrations in Portimão

Jose Afonso (Zéca) – an icon of the 25th of April Carnation Revolution!

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

Friday 24th April 2009
10:00-14:30 Exhibition of Films referring to the events of 25th Abril 1974 by Maria de Medeiros & Júlio Bernardo

Location: Auditorium of the Municipal Museum of Portimão (Auditório do Museu Municipal de Portimão)

18:30 Launch of the book by Maria João Raminhos “Presos Políticos do Algarve em Angra do Heroísmo e Tarrafal” – Political prisoners of the Algarve in Angra do Heroísmo & Tarrafal

Location: Auditorium of the Municipal Museum of Portimão (Auditório do Museu Municipal de Portimão, Rua D. Carlos I, 8500 - 607 Portimão, Tel. (+351) 282 412 238


21:30 Concert with Orquestra de Câmara Portuguesa
The Portuguese Chamber Orchestra plays Mozart’s 40th Symphony 40, and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony.
Ticket prices: €15

Location: TEatro Municipal de POrtimão), Largo 1º Dezembro, 8500-538 Portimão, Phone: (+351) 282 480 496


Saturday 25th April 2009
09:00 Raising of the Flag

Music marches by the Sociedade Filarmónica Portimonense Band & the Band of the Fire Service of Portimão; Release of white doves

Location: Largo 1.º de Maio, 8500, Portimão

10:00 The Freedom Run – Athletics

Location: Riverside Area of Portimão

15:00 Street Music & Party

Clowns + Music by the Folk Group ‘Grupo de Cantares Tradicionais “Amigos da Figueira” + Concert with Band OS CORVOS e AL-Mouraria

Location: Riverside Area of Portimão

10:00-19:00 Various Sports and Fun activities

Location: Riverside Area of Portimão

21h30 Concert by Paulo De Carvalho

Location: Portimão’s Municipal Auditorium, Avenida Miguel Bombarda, Portimão 8500

Enjoy Freedom Day & the 25 April Celebrations !

Links & Notes:

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)

'Paulo de Carvalho is a Portuguese singer. Born in Lisbon, Portugal in May 15,1947.
Some of his most well known songs are:
- E Depois do Adeus (1974 Eurovision Song Festival)
- Flor sem Tempo
- Lisboa Menina e Moça (fado style)
- Mãe Negra / Preludio Mãe Negra (a poem by Alda Lara)
- Os Meninos de Huambo
- Maria Vida Fria
- Nini
- Olá como vais? (duet with Brito)
- Pomba Branca (duet with Pontes).' (Wikipedia)

‘Jose Afonso (Zeca Afonso) is among the most influential folk and political musicians in 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)

Maria de Medeiros. 'In 2000 she [Maria de Medeiros] directed the film April Captains, about the Carnation Revolution in 1974 in Portugal, it was selected at the Cannes Film Festival 2000.' (Wikipedia)

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Tuesday, 14 April 2009

World Cup of Rhythmic Gymnastics in Portimão, 16-19th April 2009

During 4 days enjoy the beautiful sport that is Rhythmic Gymnastics at Portimão’s Arena, free of charge. The sport combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, theatrical dance and apparatus manipulation.

Thursday 16th April 2009
18:00-19:00 Juniors Team 1st Show
20:30 Opening Ceremony
Exhibitions of Gymnastics
Multidesportos Clube de Portimão – Acrobatics
Estrelinhas de Portimão – Class 7-8 years
Estrelinhas de Portimão – Classes of pre-Competition and Competition
21:30-22:30 Seniors Group (Hoop)

Friday 17th April 2009
14:00–17:00 Seniors Group A (Rope & Hoop)
17:30-18:30 Juniors Team 2ª Show
19:00-22:00 Seniors Group B (Rope & Hoop)

Saturday 18th April 2009
13:30–16:30 Seniors Group B (Ball & Ribbon)
17:00–20:00 Seniors Group A (Ball & Ribbon)
20:00 Ceremonies
20:30–21:30 Seniors Team (Rope & Ribon)
21:30 Ceremonies
21:45-22:15 Final Juniors Team
22:30 Ceremonies

Sunday 19th April 2009
15:15-16:00 Final Seniors Team (Hoop)
16:00–17:00 Final Seniors (Ribbon & Hoop)
17:00-17:45 Final Seniors Team (Rope & Ribbon)
17:45–18{45 Final Seniors (Ball e Ribbon)
18:45 Ceremonies
19:15–20:00 Closure Gala

An opportunity to see the Russian stars Eugenia Kanaeva – Olympic Champion in Beijing 2008, as well as Olga Kapranova, Vera Sessina e Marina Spechkt take on the reigning Champion: Anna Bessonova from the Ukraine.

Venue: Portimão Arena - Parque de Feiras e Exposições - Portimão

Ticket Prices: Free of charge

Location: Portimão Arena is an excellent exhibition centre 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)


Notes & Links
‘Rhythmic gymnastics as a sport began in the 1940s in the Soviet Union. It was there that for the first time, the spirit of sports was combined with the sensuous art of classical ballet.’
‘The FIG recognized this discipline in 1961, first as modern gymnastics, then as rhythmic sportive gymnastics, and finally as rhythmic gymnastics. The first World Championships for individual gymnasts took place in 1963 in Budapest, Hungary. Groups were introduced at the same level in 1967 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Rhythmic gymnastics was added to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, with an Individual All Around competition.’ (Wikipedia)

Video Clips:
Ines Gomes Exhibition Portimao 2006

Ines Gomes Hoop Portimao 2007

Anna Bessonova Ball Routine

Anna Bessonova (UKR) Miss Valentine 2008 Gala

Almudena Cid

Alexandra Orlando In Pursuit Of Victory

Ana Paula Scheffer Ribbon AA Pan-Rio 2007

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Sunday, 12 April 2009

‘What is this Fado that I bring?’ Helder Moutinho sings Fado at the TEMPO, Portimão - Saturday18th April 2009



The TEMPO (Portimão’s Municipal Theatre) invites lovers of quality Fado to spend a night enjoy Fado sung by Helder Moutinho.

Helder Moutinho’s new show that takes us on a voyage of Fado: Where might it have come from? Where might it be going

Portuguese guitar: Ricardo Parreira
Guitar: Marco Oliveira
Percussion: Joaquim Teles
Accordion: Pedro Santos


Friday 18th April, 9.30PM
Venue: TEMPO - TEatro Municipal de POrtimão).


Ticket Prices: €15

Location: TEMPO - TEatro Municipal de POrtimão).
Address: Largo 1º Dezembro, 8500-538 Portimão, Phone: (+351) 282 480 496

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Links & Notes:

Helder Moutinho is the brother of 2 other well known fado singers: Camané and Pedro Moutinho.

Helder Moutinho had his first album in October 1999. The album "Luz de Lisboa" received in 2004 the ‘Amália Rodrigues’ Prize.

At the end of 2008 the 2nd album "Que fado é este que trago" was produced by António Pinheiro da Silva with musical direction by Ricardo Parreira.

‘Fado (translated as destiny or fate) is a music genre which can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. In popular belief, Fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. However, in reality Fado is simply a form of song which can be about anything, but must follow a certain structure.’ (wikipedia)

Helder Moutinho Official Website

Helder Moutinho sings Maldito Fado

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Saturday, 11 April 2009

Portuguese handicrafts on sale at Portimão’s Continente Shopping Centre, until 19th April 2009


Beautiful handicrafts made by craftsmen from several parts of the Algarve are on sale at Portimão’s Continente Shopping Centre

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

Daily until 19th April 2009,
Venue: Continente Shopping Centre, Quinta da Malata, 8500 Portimão, Portugal


Continente Shopping Centre (sometimes referred to it’s previous name as Modelo) is a large shopping centre next to one of the main arteries of the city of Portimão. It has a large number of shops, restaurants and a cinema.

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Links
Associação dos Artesãos do Algarve (in Portuguese)

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Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Easter Friday 10th April 2009 is time for Gypsy Jazz at the TEMPO, Portimão



The TEMPO (Portimão’s Municipal Theatre) invites you to a session with the Biel Ballester Trio, an upbeat sound influenced by Django Reinhardt, Gypsy Jazz in General, old Rockabilly music, 70's british Rockabilly, Wes Montogomery, Pat Martino...

Not unknown to audiences in the Algarve !

Friday 10th April, 10PM
Venue: TEMPO - TEatro Municipal de POrtimão).

Location: TEMPO - TEatro Municipal de POrtimão).
Address: Largo 1º Dezembro, 8500-538 Portimão, Phone: (+351) 282 480 496


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Links & Notes:

Biel Ballester Trio Official Website

Biel Ballester Trio (myspace)

Biel Ballester on Biel Ballester:
‘Hey! My name is Biel Ballester and I have a band called THE BIEL BALLESTER TRIO. I have done this MySpace Page just for fun and meet friends who are already here. I’ll take advantage of doing this page by myself, so I’ll also be able to put my other pasion apart of Gypsy Jazz... Good old Rockabilly music!

Here’s a bit of my CV: I studied classic guitar at the prestigious LUTHIER SCHOOL in Barcelona(Spain). There I spent two years with teacher and concertist Alex Garrobé and four with teacher and concertist Fernando Rodriguez. I’ve also gone to classic guitar master classes from people such as: José Tomás, David Russell, Aniello Desiderio, Manuel Barrueco, Marco Socias, Hopckinson Smith and Jordi Savall (the last two ones speciallists in Barroque music).

I am kind of self-taugh on gypsy-jazz, but I’ve given concerts across europe and been invited to play with top Gypsy Jazz bands as THE ROSENBERG TRIO, THE ROBIN NOLAN TRIO, HOT CLUB DE NORVEGE, GUSTAV LUNDGREN, STEPHANE WREMBEL TRIO among others. Some of my band’s recordings have been choosed to be in CD compilations of the best Gypsy Jazz players of the world.

Our albums are edited in USA by the record label Refined Records and distributed in France, UK, Corea and Japan. I have been also invited to record in Oslo with guitarist JON LARSEN for the label HotClub Records. I’ve visited USA to teach and play at the DJANGO IN JUNE FEST. In Northampton. But remember: Nothin’ like Good ol’ Rockabilly Bop! :) By the way: I can be considered like a vintage Gretsch guitar freak. Something for sale’ (myspace)

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Sunday, 5 April 2009

Enjoy Easter in the Algarve with the World Cup of Motorsport (A1GP) - 10, 11 And 12th April 2009

Time to head south to the Algarve and spend an enjoyable Easter watching the World Cup of Motorsport (A1GP) at the Algarve Motor Park, near Portimão.

In the World Cup of Motorsport, A1GP, the single-seat cars are deliberately identical so that the skill, experience, and bravery of the drivers and teams are the deciding factor. Drivers compete in teams from countries as diverse as Portugal, USA, Lebanon, France, China and South Africa.

3 days of track action! Come and support your team!

Friday 10th April to Sunday 12th of April, 2009
From around 8-9AM to about 6PM

Venue: Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portimão, Portugal

Tickets cost €25 - €35 for 1 day or €35 - €60 for 3 days.
€15 extra for 1 day access to the Paddock and €20 for the 3 day access.

Tickets can be bought here: http://trackshop.autodromodoalgarve.com/default.aspx

See detailed Programme Flyer (Portuguese and English): http://trackshopimagesrep.autodromodoalgarve.com/Ev633688351512031250/Flyer%20Final.pdf

Location: The Autódromo Internacional do Algarve is located near the city of Portimão, in Sítio do Escampadinho in the parish of Mexilhoeira Grande. This is about 4.5 kilometres north of the Algarve motorway (A22), with a direct road link via the motorway exit at Mexilhoeira Grande. This is between Lagos and Portimão. The cities of Portimão and Lagos are only a 10-minute drive away.


Links & Notes:

‘A1 Grand Prix (A1GP) is a 'single make' open-wheel auto racing series. It is unique in its field in that competitors represent their nation as opposed to themselves or a team, the usual format in most formula racing series.’ (wikipedia)

Official site of the Algarve Motor Park (Autodromo do Algarve)

Other events at the Algarve Motor Park: Easter week at the Autódromo do Algarve
From the 6th to the 9th April 2009 there will be an opportunity to co-pilot for 2 laps a high performance car such as a Porshe or a BMW M3 at a cost of €80. Or you can co-pilot a Ferrari at €110.
If you choose a motorbike you can try the Honda CBR 1000RR at a cost of €50.
For the above you will need to be over 18 and book or phone: +351 927 244 694.

Further details here:
Easter at Top Spead, April 6,7,8 and 9 2009 http://www.autodromodoalgarve.com/sitemedia/uploads/pdfs/TrackdayPascoa2009_UK.pdf

Driving Course and Track Day for Motorbikes and Cars
On the 1st and 2nd of May 2009 a Course and Track Day, for Motorbikes and on the 3rd of May 2009 a Track Day for Cars is available for all those who enjoy motor sports action . The cost of the Course and Track Day for motorbikes is €300. If you prefer you can attend just the Track day for motorbikes at a cost of €120.

Attending just the Track Day for Cars costs €130.
An opportunity to drive fantastic machines at the amazing new Portuguese track!

Driving Courses at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. Other courses are taking place on 13 and 14 June, 18 and 19 July and 8 and 9 August.

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