Friday, 10 November 2017

Há Fado no Cais – Gonçalo Salgueiro

CCB’s Há Fado no Cais presents one of Fado’s new voices, Gonçalo Salgueiro, on November 17th at the Grande Auditório.

Born in 1978 in Montemor-O-Novo, Gonçalo Salgueiro, one of Fado’s new rising stars, started his record career with a tribute to Amália Rodrigues but soon grew in his own style.

Photo: João Portugal
Along the way he received several “blessings” from some of Fado’s great names, such as Maria da Fé or João Braga.

Sombras e Fado (“Shadows and Fado”) is an introduction to Gonçalo Salgueiro as well as the title for his most recent album.

It is a show that revisits some of the themes from his earlier recordings and others that he has recreated and which have made him famous among wider audiences. Joining him will be some of those who have been important to his musical career, and the concert will have several surprises in stored for everyone.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Apps for those who like to travel

There’s no way to go around technology, especially if you’re traveling. Here's a small guide for the best Apps to use when you’re away from home.

There are thousands and thousands of Apps throughout the app stores and, sometimes, it’s hard to find the correct one. “Expresso” has made it easy for us and selected the 5 that you really can’t miss.

Here Maps 
We start with the obvious maps, no matter where you are, in downtown Lisbon or in the Circus in Rome, Here Maps is available in the major platforms and it has an unbeatable feature which allows you to download the maps you need in advance so, you don’t have to pay later when you’re using roaming. Calmly, at home, select the map or maps you need, install them and from that moment you’ll have access to several navigation tools, for walking courses or for driving by car or motorcycle.

When travelling one of the most common problems is to deal with the local language and, sometimes,
the difference between a happy trip and an all lot of trouble is a simple word. Bravolol includes the most used sentences in 13 languages, allowing also to play the sentences so that you can say it in a perfect way.

Everyone dreams with an assistant, not all of us can afford one but fortunately we have Tripcase. Tripcase is an app that organizes and plans your entire trip. In one single place you can gather all the information regarding your journey, plain tickets, hotel reservations or car hire, you can “pack” everything in this digital bag. Best of all, the information is not static and with the help of internet you can receive updates on your flight schedule, changes of boarding gate, call an Uber, receive recommendations for dinner, promotions and even weather forecasts.

You probably already have a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account, which is fine, keep them their
important too. But Snapchat has one feature that beats the others, it allows you to create your stories (snaps) and share them with your friends and family. And since the content is only live for a limited period it is easy to control exactly what you shared.

Not a big problem for Europeans who travel inside of the European Union but currency can be an issue if you find yourself in Canada or Japan. The app Currency includes currencies for 150 countries and allows you to do conversions between several currencies and get the most updated quotation.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Tips to avoid jet lag

How many times did you suffer from jet lag? Too many? Rafael Ruiz, of Delta Air Lines gives us 6 tips to avoid it.

Traveling is most people’s favorite hobby and it’s hard to hide the excitement when one boards an airplane and travel to any new place. But not all is roses, jet lag passengers may suffer when traveling to remote destinations, and this makes the experience a bit less exciting.

Here are 6 tips to overcome the lag related to the differences between time zones.

1 - Set your clock to the destination time before the flight. 
This is probably the most important thing to do before boarding, it helps keeping your mind in tune with the city you are visiting and focus on what you have to do when you land, instead of what you feel like doing in the current time zone.

2 - Stay awake on daytime flights and sleep on nocturnal flights. 
Although it may seem obvious, it is important to try to stay awake during the day and sleep at night, by keeping the daily rhythms will be easier to feel refreshed upon arrival.

3 - Drink plenty of water, and avoid coffee.
Water keeps you hydrated and alert, you may feel tempted to drink coffee, but water is more effective and helps you to keep away the fatigue that comes with jet lag.

4 - Avoid heavy foods, especially at lunch.
Heavy food, especially at lunch, can lead to a break in the afternoon and cause your biological clock to become even more out of sync, instead of having lunch eat a snack if you want to keep your energy levels high.

5 - Take your tennis shoes in the bag.
Exercise is always the best way to keep your energy levels high when you land, keeping you alert during the day, while allowing you to see the city better and still helping you to sleep when it's time. This is especially useful for business travelers, who need to ensure the energy at the right time for those important meetings.

6 - Turn off your phone at night 
When adjusting to a new time zone, it is essential to get a good night's sleep. If you have friends, family or colleagues sending you messages and emails that wake you up, your sleep will be disturbed all night and you will feel tired and dizzy. When it's time to sleep, turn off your phone, tablet, and laptop.

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Haru Ishii Tiles – From the Shadows of Kyoto to the Light of Lisbon

Until December 31st, the Museu Nacional do Azulejo hosts the exhibition “Haru Ishii Tiles – From the Shadows of Kyoto to the Light of Lisbon”.

The exhibition is divided into two rooms. The first one is where the artist claims its Japanese origins and where the environment part is displayed, materializing its roots in shadows - the sea, the rain that feeds the green forests, the fish-based diet, and the culture, such as the ceremony of tea.

In the second space you will find a more vibrant and luminous room, where Ishii recalls the Portuguese-Japanese ties so well portrayed in the namban screens, recovering the voyage of Portuguese ships between continents, sailing seas, surpassing winds and tides, to bring to the West the most exotic and exquisite that Japan has to offer.

Haru Ishii is a Japanese artist who first came across azulejos (tiles) in 1995, when she came to Portugal and spent a month working in a traditional Portuguese workshop, in Palmela.

From then until now she has dedicated all her creativity to this art, uncovering the most hidden secrets of this traditional Portuguese art to recreate and reinvent it in the Japanese style, taking advantage of her cultural roots.

With public works on display in several Japanese cities, from Tokyo to Kyoto, from Shimane to Hiroshima, from Kochi to Okayama, just to name a few, and in addition to a number of collections, at the Museu Nacional do Azulejo in Lisboa, Ishii displays a show that is a synthesis of 474 years of Portuguese-Japanese understanding.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

The Palace Afternoon Tea

An Afternoon Tea is a very special treat to be enjoyed by family and friends.

This very English tradition is said to have been started around 1840 by duchess Anna Maria and it is usually taken between 3 and 5 o'clock.

Tea is commonly consumed at social events, and many cultures have created formal ceremonies for these events. Western examples of these are afternoon tea and the tea party.

For some, especially in the upper social classes, tea is a late afternoon light meal, often just cake, scones or sandwiches served, irrespective of the beverage consumed with it.

Although it is not very known, Portugal was the first to introduce the practice of drinking tea to Europe as well as the first European country to produce tea around 1750.

In Lisbon it is possible to enjoy the Afternoon Tea in some historical Tea Lounges as the "Pastelaria Versailles" open since 1922 which preserves traces of art deco that was always characterized by larger mirrors and crafted ceilings or the "Pavilhão Chinês" one of the most emblematic places of Lisbon with high aesthetic and architectural value.

In 1996 the Avenida Palace hosted a series of encounters that took place every Saturday afternoon. It was called "Chá com Poesia" (Tea with Poetry). This event brought to the Avenida Palace numerous personalities related to Culture, to hear and recite poetry.

Steeped in tradition, the Avenida Palace has been using the tradition of the Afternoon Tea for some years now.

To accompany the occasion is the piano with Mozart and Chopin as some of the composers to be heard and the splendid lounge of this landmark hotel plays host to this ritual.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Big Bang LX 2017

On October 20th and 21st, Centro Cultural de Belém, hosts another edition of the Big Bang LX, Adventurous Music Festival for a Young Audience.

On this 8th edition the festival promises an amazing journey of shared discovery for children between the ages of 4 and 12 and for the parents accompanying them.

Once again the Centro Cultural de Belém/Fábrica das Artes offers a space where Portuguese artists can create new artistic approaches to music for children and see their work recognized within the country and across Europe.

In an initiative of Zonzo Compagnie the goal of the festival is to create a platform where composers, musicians and performers can meet and also contribute towards the development and presentation of non-commercial music for children.

From choral to instrumental music, from jazz to classical, from traditional to experimental instruments, all combined to offer full contact with a borderless, constantly expanding musical universe.


Nocturno | Joana Gama and Victor Hugo Pontes
20th and 21st October, 10:30 am and 1:45 pm

Futurina | Sonoscopia
20th and 21st October, 11:45 am and 3 pm

3ACH - A stairway to heaven | Zonzo Compagnie
20th and 21st October, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm

Quarto da Joana | Joana Guerra
20th and 21st October, 10:45 am, 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Extension | Vincent Martial
20th and 21st October, 11:45 am, 2:45 pm and 4:30 pm

Como dormirão meus olhos | Filipe Faria and Pedro Castro
20th and 21st October, 11:45 am, 1:30 pm and 4 pm

Tocá Rufar | Orquestra Tocá Rufar
20th and 21st October, 12:30 pm and 5 pm

Jukebox e Caixa de Ressonância | Ofício das Artes
20th and 21st October, 10:30 am, 1 pm and 2 pm

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Pilar 7 – Bridge Experience

Last week, Lisbon’s new attraction, Pilar 7 – Bridge Experience - opened to the public.

Located in the Avenida da Índia, this new attraction features a panoramic viewpoint on the bridge’s deck level and a virtual reality experience on its pillar.

Areas inaccessible to the public can now be visited through a sensory experience lived inside this vital bridge’s pillar, resulting in a journey through the history and construction techniques of this national monument, which ends with the construction of an elevator that goes up 80 meters to the top by the road, allowing an unprecedented view of the city, in particular of such as Belém, Almada and the Tagus River.

The visit starts in the area outside the central massif of Pilar 7, where it is possible to contemplate the scale of the structures of the Bridge, as well as getting to know some of the peculiarities inherent to its construction.

Within Pilar 7, it is possible to see 360° projections about the Bridge’s construction with four short films that show the interventions and the grandeur of this work.

In a contiguous room, the visitor is surrounded by the blue waters of the Rio Tejo, climbing on a platform that will allow him to emerge from these virtual waters, and when reaching the top of the platform one can feel, hear and see the train that crosses both margins, approaching.

A suspended staircase will give you access to another room where a set of upper and lower mirrors provides an illusion of depth and grandeur of the interior of the Pilar 7 massif, where the project’s main attraction is located, the viewpoint with a panoramic view, where the visitor will have an unparalleled experience.

Do not miss this unique experience.