Algarve Tourism Authorities have launched the 3rd edition of its annual arts and cultural programme: 365 Algarve. From the 4th October 2018 through to the end of May 2019, over 400 events that cross a wide array of performing arts will take place within the 16 municipalities of the region.
Managed by the Algarve Tourism Bureau and the Algarve Tourism Association, 365 Algarve aims to enhance the tourism experience during the shoulder and low seasons of the year from autumn through to spring. The programme of events will span the fields of music, theatre, gastronomy, exhibitions, literature, dance, contemporary circus acts, staged guided tours, amongst others. Highlights include:
Visitors interested in history will enjoy the ‘Algarve Unveiled’ series. Led by an actor, guests will gain insight into the region’s heritage through re-enactments of old tales and historical events, based at key cultural points of interest including the Cathedral of Faro and the Castle of Castro Marim.
Fantastic Moments with Heritage will also be making a return. Set in locations such as Lagos, Ferragudo, Aljezur and Vila do Bispo, the events are a series of theatrical performances that depict the history of the municipality the play is set in. During the performances, visitors will see emblematic monuments, and sample local cuisine.
Music fans will enjoy the ‘Jazz in the Wineries’ evenings. These intimate events will be held at several vineyards in the Algarve, offering a night that brings together traditional and contemporary jazz, local wine and Algarvian tapas-style dishes. A soothing soundtrack of live jazz performances is played whilst guests learn about wine production by local oenologists, and on leaving will be offered a bottle of local wine to take home.
Featuring musicians, dancers and actors, the Algarve Flash Mob will be taking place across several non-conventional public spaces across the season, including parks, streets, markets, beaches and more. The Cultural Association of Lagoa will be supporting these spontaneous performances – and greatly encourage inclusively of people of all ages and experience.
Visitors looking for an authentic taste of the Algarve will love the Cataplay – a blend of theatrical performance, live music and movement celebrating the traditional Cataplana dish. Situated at various venues across the region, guests of these performances will learn about the history of this seafood-based dish that is a speciality of the Algarve, as well as cultural traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation.
Following last year’s success that saw 40,000 attendees and 35 tonnes of sweet potato cooked up, one of the “great autumn food festivals in South Portugal” will be making a return during the 365 Algarve. The Festival da Batata-doce de Aljezur is an annual celebration whereby visitors can sample the product in new and innovative ways, from ice cream and liqueurs to chocolate and jams. Over 100 exhibitors will be taking part in this free event, from the 30th November – 2nd December.
After last year’s successful debut, the LUZA Festival will return to Loulé from the 1st – 3rd November. Also known as the ‘Algarve International Festival of Light’, the event will display a collection of impressive and interactive light and digital artworks. Created by local and international artists, these sensory experiences will be set within some of Loulé’s most iconic locations and aim to promote local and global culture.
The LUZA Lab programme will also be open during the festival, offering new and young artists the opportunity to present their own pioneering creations. Above all, LUZA is an event whereby locals and visitors can come together in celebration of unique art and creativity.
The 365 Algarve 2018/19 theme
This edition’s theme circles around the concept of a journey. The idea behind this theme is to fuse together the literal notion of a journey, travelling from one geographic location together, and the artistic sense of transporting audiences to other worlds through performance.
The wide range of events that include 100 concerts, 52 plays, 93 artistic events and more, presents the opportunity to discover a side to the Algarve they may have not known before.
For further information on the above and additional events taking place across the 365 Algarve, please visit: www.365algarve.pt/en