Al-Mutamid Festival kick starts in Lagoa

The 16th edition of the Al-Mutamid Music Festival will begin on January 29 in Lagoa, with a performance by Ensemble Alpharabius at the São José convent from 9.30pm.

The group combines Moroccan, Turkish, Syrian and Egyptian music and is promising a cracking start to the event in Lagoa, followed by a performance on Saturday (January 30) at Olhão’s municipal auditorium.

A week later (February 6), it will be Sons D’Al-Andalus who will take to the stage at Albufeira auditorium, performing songs inspired by the period when the Moors ruled Al-Andalus.

Concerts are also planned for Silves and Lagos, which will welcome the “unique blend of Andalusian and flamenco music” by Alxaraf Flamenco Andalusí on February 12 at Teatro Mascarenhas Gregório and on February 13 at Lagos cultural centre.

Last but not least, the Iranian members of Yaran Ensemble will bring their mix of “classic Persian music and folk” to Loulé’s Cine-Teatro Louletano on February 19 and to Lagoa auditorium a day later.

All shows start at 9.30pm and tickets vary from town to town.

The Al-Mutamid festival is organised by Ibérica Eventos e Espectáculos and named after Muhammad Al-Mutamid, the third and last ruler of the taifa of Seville in the 11th century.