Lagoa municipal library
Lagoa municipal library

Algarve History Association announces upcoming events

The Algarve History Association has announced its upcoming events, featuring history lectures in Tavira and Lagoa and a concert by talented young musicians.

Following his presentation on the Muslim invasion of Iberia, Peter Booker will take the story forward from the abolition of the urbane and tolerant Córdoba Caliphate. In his second talk entitled ‘The Taifas and the Berber Invasions’, he will look at the successor kingdoms, and the time of religious fundamentalism as Iberia became a part of the Moroccan empires after the later invasions by the African Almoravids and Almohads. Confusingly, it was also a time when Andalusian poets flourished, and Peter will include surprisingly worldly examples of contemporary poetry. Presentations: Monday, May 16, Tavira Municipal Library Álvaro de Campos; Tuesday, May 17, Lagoa Municipal Library; both commencing at 6pm. In his third Islamic presentation in June, Peter will discuss the Algarve’s Islamic inheritance.

Taking a fresh view on the relationship between Portugal and Brazil, Martin Ebbs makes the first of two presentations entitled ‘Portugal and Brazil, from Discovery to Independence’. In his first talk, Martin shows the territorial acquisitions made by Portugal and the expansion of their colony from the Atlantic to the Andes. Brazil pioneered social amalgamation and Brazilian prosperity depended on the import of slaves, while other industries emerged under the growing control of the Portuguese imperialist government. Presentations: Tuesday, May 24, Lagoa Municipal Library, 6pm; Friday, May 27, Tavira Municipal Library Álvaro de Campos, 11am. Martin will present his second talk in June.

Barely into next month, AHA is announcing the annual Students’ Concert on Sunday, June 5, at Quintinha da Música at 5pm. The concert features three youngsters: Richard Rait, Yi Rong Chen and Angelika Ryzhak, all students at the Conservatório in Faro. They will be playing works by Bach, Chopin, and Liszt, and, after the interval, Haydn, Costa, Glière and Brandão.

Lynne Booker, co-founder of AHA, said: “We believe it is important for these young people to appear in public and, in this way, we support their musical development.”

The talks are free although AHA asks for voluntary monetary contributions to help cover the costs of running the association. Tickets for the concert cost €20 which include interval snacks and drinks.

For more information, email lynne.algarvehistory@gmail.com