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Algarve History Association announces upcoming events

The Algarve History Association (AHA) has announced a series of cultural events for November and December.

 Friday, November 25, Tavira Library, 11am

Tuesday, November 29, Lagoa Library, 6pm 

Local historian Peter Booker takes a fresh look at the ‘Life of Henry the Navigator’. A Prince of the House of Aviz, Henry is famous for his contribution to the Portuguese discoveries, and for the fantasy of the navigation school at Sagres. As a medieval prince, Henry also followed other and less civilised aims. The reputation of this man is caught between the medieval and modern worlds, and has been subject to more myths than many another historical figure. Peter attempts to set the record straight.

Sunday, December 11, Quintinha da Música, Tavira, 4pm

Mauro Dilema takes centre stage for the AHA’s latest concert. Mauro holds a professorship at the Conservatório de Évora where he teaches piano. He also plays in concerts in various venues, and has recently returned from playing a concert in Lithuania. His programme for this concert includes the Sonata in B Minor by Liszt; the Chaconne by Bach-Busoni; and Four Last Seasons by Eurico Carrapatoso. These pieces demand high technical skill as well as supreme musicianship. Tickets cost €25 and are available from [email protected]

Tuesday, December 13, Lagoa Library, 6pm

Friday, December 16, Tavira Library, 11am

Peter Booker discusses the life and achievements of Vasco da Gama. This icon of the Portuguese discoveries not only achieved one of the longest voyages in history at that time, but he also stamped an indelible Portuguese mark on the history of the Indian subcontinent. Da Gama’s modern movements are also the subject of much discussion, some of it humorous.

History talks take place in the municipal libraries and attract a voluntary donation. For more information, email [email protected]