Algarve History Association events in February

  • Concert by Mauro Dilema

Sunday, February 12, Quintinha da Música, 4pm

Mauro Dilema takes centre stage for AHA’s latest concert. Mauro holds a professorship at the Conservatório in Évora where he teaches piano. He also plays in concerts in various venues and has recently returned from playing concerts in Lithuania and Italy.

His programme for this concert includes the Sonata in B Minor by Liszt (composed in 1853); the Chaconne by Bach-Busoni (written around 1720, and arranged in 1893); and Four Last Seasons by Carrapatoso (from 2014).

It is a balanced programme from the 18th, 19th and 21st centuries, and tilted towards the virtuosi of the 19th. These pieces demand high technical skill as well as supreme musicianship.

Reservations through [email protected] at €25 per person.

The next concert organised by the AHA will be on April 2 and features three Dutch pianists.

  • Talk by Peter Booker – ‘Was Salazar a fascist?’

Friday, February 24, Tavira Municipal Library, 11am

Tuesday, February 28, Lagoa Municipal Library, 6pm

Peter Booker’s February talk addresses the question ‘Was Salazar a fascist?’ 

When Peter first spoke about Salazar some 16 years ago, the talk provoked an interesting reaction. He was heckled with the exclamation that Salazar was a fascist and, therefore, he was an enemy of the people, and he could not possibly have governed for their good.

António de Oliveira Salazar became Minister of Finance in 1928, President of the Council of Ministers in 1932, and left government in 1968 after a near-fatal accident. He was in government office continuously for 40 years, an extraordinary accomplishment.

It is true that he maintained on his desk a photograph of Mussolini, at least until 1943. But how did Salazar manage to maintain his grip on power? Should we see his long period in government as a democratic success? As an authoritarian success? Did he use fascist methods to gain office, or to retain power for so long? 

Peter discusses these themes as well as the reasons to see some positives from his time in government.

AHA talks are free to attend.