Starting this Saturday, Lisbon is officially the Latin-American Capital of Culture with various events happening throughout the entire year. These are our suggestions for you.
Starting the 7th of January, Lisbon is officially the Latin-American Capital of Culture, offering an extensive program which will last all year long. This is the second time Lisbon takes on this role, first time was in 1994, moment that coincided with Lisbon being the European Capital of Culture. Following the theme ‘Past and Present’, there will be exhibitions, concerts, theatre plays, dancing, conferences and gastronomy events. More than 150 events to go to.
The program has as theme the ‘Past and Present’ which has been chosen by the coordinator of the program, António Pinto Ribeiro, pillared in four axis: the indigenous issues, the afro-descendants, the migrations and the contemporary creation.
What can we see?
In the Museu da Fundação Arpad Szenes Vieira da Silva…
An assets’ exhibition by Armindo Cardoso, Portuguese photographer, forced to exile in 1965 for political reasons. His 4,000 black and white negative images were buried for three months in a garden of a house in Santiago do Chile. This is the first time they will be shown to public.
MURO – Galeria de Arte Urbana
Waiting to happen in Marvila following the same pattern as in Bairro Padre Cruz, with animation and street shows. The program includes artistic drawings on walls during the 20th of May to the 28th of May, and music events in the last three days. The artistic activities will come to life thanks to street artists originary from all countries of the Ibero-American space, especially countries with less promotion in this artistic field.
Canta Violeta Parra is a tribute to the Chilean singer who in 2017 will celebrate her 100 years, event that will occur in March, a month dedicated to women. The event relies on the participation of various Portuguese artists. Canções para Revoluções celebration the 25th of April. Beyond the conference and an exhibition, the proposal of a concert is being made, a concert with the Portuguese Symphonic Orchestra, the choir and combo reinterpreting songs by José Afonso, Chico Buarque, Carlos Puebla or Mercedes Sosa.
In the Festivals of Lisbon
There is a program of the festivals of Lisbon, which will take place during the month of June. Joining this program is another that counts on the Ibero-American culture. The Gulbenkian Orchestra will be in charge of the opening concert, interpreting music by Joaquin Rodrigo, Arturo Marquez, Silvestre Revueltas, Manuel de Falla and Heitor Villa-Lobos.
During the 15th, 16th, 17th and 18th of June, there will be music concerts, stories and poetry readings with the participation of musicians coming from Peru, Brazil, Mexico and Uruguay. The 1st of July the festivals of Lisbon will end with an open space latin dance in the biggest square of the city. There will be theatre plays, dancing, conferences, cinema and a lot more!
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Translation by Ioana Bota