Thursday, 7 June 2018

Lisbon's Popular Festivals

A municipal holiday is celebrated in Lisbon on the 13th of June, Saint Anthony's Day (Saint Anthony - Lisbon, 1195? – Padua, 1231). 

Although the main festive events are held on that day and on the preceding evening,  the celebrations continue throughout the month of June in commemoration of two other saints (Saint John and Saint Peter), together constituting the so-called "Festival of Popular Saints".

During this period, the houses and narrow winding medieval streets of the old quarters, in particular those situated around the castle (Alfama, Mouraria and Castelo) are decorated with arches, flowers and colorful balloons, and anyone wanting to dance, drink and eat the traditional grilled sardines, “chouriço assado” (flamed pork sausages) and “caldo verde” (kale soup) is made welcome. It is also a tradition for men to buy and present their girlfriends vases of sweet basil, decorated with paper flowers and love poems, since the festivities are associated with the summer solstice and ancient fertility rites.

The religious events held during this period include, notably, the St. Anthony's Day Weddings, an initiative whose purpose is to encourage the mass wedding of financially disadvantaged couples and, on the 13th, a procession starting near the Lisbon Cathedral, in the church of St Anthony, built on the site where it is said the Saint was born.

However, one of the highlights of the festivities take place on the evening of 12 June and consists of the "Popular Marches", a tradition that dates back to the 18th century and which has been celebrated in its current form since 1932. Residents of the districts of Lisbon descend to Avenida da Liberdade (Liberty Avenue) to compete with each other; marching, dancing and singing songs composed for the occasion, on a Lisbon-related theme announced in advance by the organizers. The varied costumes and choreography imbue the parade with the rare sense of color and exhilaration which make it a unique spectacle.

Monday, 28 May 2018

88th Lisbon Book Fair

The 88th Lisbon Book Fair opened last Friday presenting more stands and more activities.

Until June 13th, Parque Eduardo VII hosts once more the Lisbon Book Fair. Every day until 10 pm almost 300 stands will present new releases, special offers, and book signing events.

The fair grew about 3000 square meters, allowing more stands but, especially, new events such as the exhibition “88 years images with history”, a visit to the history of the event that started on the thirties.

The show cooking area is bigger and following new trends a “selfie spot” was created, so you can take your picture with the panoramic view of the city as background and share it on social media.

Discover here the daily program.


Thursday, 17 May 2018

Best European Leisure Destination

In the 6th edition of the “Leisure Lifestyle Awards” by the magazine “Global Traveler”, Lisbon beats Rome, Paris, Prague, and Venice.

Global Traveler is a business luxury leisure magazine published in Los Angeles and has 300 thousand readers that travel internationally on a regular basis.

Lisbon was elected due to its diversity and to the quality of the touristic offer, according to Paula Oliveira, Executive Director of Portugal Tourism Bureau, who states to Jornal Económico that ”this award values the work that has been developed in the endorsement and viability of major events, but also in the creation and management of projects or equipment of touristic interest that improve the experience of the tourist and of the people who live and work in Lisbon”.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The European Museum Night

The European Museum Night was created by the French Minister for Culture and Communication and it takes place on May 19th.

This is an opportunity to visit and revisit some of the city’s museums that will organize a number of nocturnal activities, including dance performances, concerts and guided tours, all of which will offer visitors a different and enriching experience.

Find here the complete program.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Street Art Route

Time Out Magazine recently prepared a route of Lisbon’s street art, combining several styles and artists making a unique combination that can’t be missed. 

In this post we’ll highlight the ones closest to us:

1 - Universal Personhood by Shepard Fairy.
Foto Bruno Lopes
The man who created the famous Obama poster “Hope”, came to Lisbon and left his mark in Rua da Senhora da Gloria, a shared work with Vihls, Universal Personhood is a series of works that stand for women rights.

2- Calçada by Vihls
Vihls first work in “Calçada Portuguesa” (Portuguese sidewalk) is located between Cable car 12 stops in Rua de S. Tomé e Rua dos Cegos and it is a work that celebrates Portugal.

3 – Desassossego by Aka Corleone 
Located on Rua Damasceno Monteiro, by Senhora do Monte viewpoint it’s a tribute to Lisbon’s most representative character, Fernando Pessoa.

4 - André Saraiva Tile Mural
With an incredible 52 738 tiles, this was Lisbon’s last big street art event. Located in Santa Clara, the 188m mural reinterprets the city combining some of Lisbon’s monuments with other elements such as the Eifel Tower.
Foto Ana Luzia

5 – Estátua de Pichi&Avo
Executed under the exhibition “Versus” by Galeria Underdogs and located in Calçada de Santa
Apolónia, it is a perfect example of the quality of the work by the duo Pichi&Avo, artists that like to combine classic art and graffiti wildness.

6 – Disquietheart by Tamara Alves
Near “Time Out Market” in Cais Sodré, one can enjoy Tamara Alves’s work inspired by José Saramago’s words “If you have an iron heart, enjoy it. Mine is flesh and bleeds all day”.

The full route here.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Exhibitions in Lisbon

May is just starting and although the good weather invites to outdoor activities, Lisbon’s cultural program can’t be left behind and so, we are happy to suggest 3 exhibitions not to be missed on your visit to Lisbon.

The Marvelous Variety of the World

Until June 3rd the Padrão dos Descobrimentos hosts extraordinary beings and wonderful creatures, imaginary or real, of today and from the past.

The natural and social world is a permanent source of wonder, whether through the regularity of its order or through the irruption of the unusual. These two sides go hand in hand: the extra-ordinary breaks the usual landscape of the world, whilst simultaneously confirming it.

“The amazing variety of the world” is an exhibition that promotes a reflection on the unusual, associated with the unknown, the difference and the rarity, through objects, fantasy drawings and representations from the real.

For more information on
www.padraodosdescobrimentos.pt

A Museum from Another World

José de Guimarães conceived an unprecedented and specific intervention for the Museu do Oriente, whose starting point is the Museum's wide and diverse collection, in articulation and dialogue with the artist's pieces, his collection of Chinese art, as well as other objects and images that constitute the universe of references of the author.

In many cultures, the "other world" is where the dead live life beyond death. In turn, the work of José de Guimarães is deeply marked by the rituals of ancient cultures, tracing an arc of influences that goes from America to the Far East.

“A Museum from Another World” promises visitors a contact with ancient Chinese artworks and José de Guimarães’s reliquary boxes, as well as with the objects and images that the painter has collected. This exhibition seeks to open the door to a reflection on the museum as a form of otherness while inviting people to step into this “other world”.

More information on
www.museudooriente.pt

Post-Pop. Beyond the commonplace
Pop detours in Portugal and England, 1965-1975

This exhibition presents, in its entirety, works produced almost exclusively between 1965 and 1975, in Portugal and England. Some of them are united by a witty divergence from the commonplace put forward by Pop Art.

And, in the case of the Portuguese artists, true defectors from the mediocrity which characterised Portugal, we find a common link in seeking inspiration and motivation from abroad, in Paris and in London in particular, which was a true Mecca in the 1960s.


More information on
www.gulbenkian.pt

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Cruise passengers choose Lisbon

A couple of months after the opening of the new cruise terminal, the news couldn’t be better, for cruise passengers who love Lisbon.

In an inquiry made by Lisbon Tourism Office, Lisbon was recommended by 100% of the cruise passengers who visited us during 2017, and 97% will most likely return.

Another relevant number is that 89% of passengers who already visited Lisbon reinforce the city as a major destination.

Within the city, passengers have elected Belém, Bairro Alto, Cais Sodré and Baixa-Chiado as their favorite spots, tourist bus and the underground as the preferred transportation system and in a scale of 1 to 10, Lisbon scored 9 in terms of monuments, churches, museums, weather, cleanness, and safety.