Algarve events: 2020 begins with magic, New Year singing and live music

Committed to remaining a bustling destination with “things to do all year round”, the Algarve has prepared yet another attractive cultural agenda for the first month of 2020.

One of the highlights will be the ‘Impossível ao Vivo’ (Impossible Live) magic show which will be brought to Faro by famous Portuguese magician Luís de Matos. It will be taking place between Thursday, January 16 and Sunday, December 19 at Faro’s Teatro das Figuras, starting at 9.30pm on the first three days and at 5pm on the last.

January is also the month of “charolas”, traditional New Year singing, so several charolas shows will be taking place all over the region, with one of the main events – Encontro de Charolas da Cidade de Faro – taking place at Teatro das Figuras on January 12 at 3pm.

Salvador Sobral, the Portuguese singer who won the Eurovision song contest in 2017, is also due to perform at the Centro Cultural Auditório Duval Pestana in Lagos on January 24 and 25 at 9.30pm.

For fans of the Argentine Tango, Faro’s Teatro das Figuras will host the ‘Al-Tango – A Taste of Tango’ show which is described as a “tribute to this musical genre which sparks passion all over the world”. The show will take place on Saturday, January 25 at 9pm.

Another highlight will be the opening of the 20th edition of the Al-Mutamid Festival, which will feature two concerts by the Orontes Trio in Lagoa (January 24) and Vila Real de Santo António (January 25).

January’s jam-packed musical programme continues with the Jazz nas Adegas initiative, a series of events which combines wine tasting with live music at wine cellars in Silves.

And for those looking for a taste of genuine Algarvian cuisine, the small village of Querença in Loulé will also host its popular Festa das Chouriças (Smoked Sausage Festival) on Sunday, January 19, which will feature a procession, live music and the tasting of several different locally-made sausages.

Information on these and other events can be found in ‘Guia Algarve’, a guide in Portuguese and English launched every month detailing what is going on in the Algarve (click here). The physical guide is also distributed for free at Faro Airport, hotels, travel agencies, rent-a-cars and golf courses.

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