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Algarve History Association events

The Great Earthquake of 1755 in the Algarve

  • Tuesday, March 28, Lagoa Municipal Library, 6pm
  • Friday, March 31, Tavira Municipal Library, 11am

Earthquakes happen in the Algarve almost every day, and most of them are fortunately minor and unfelt by most people. The last major shock causing fatalities came on February 28, 1969, but even this year, on March 17, there was a minor earthquake whose epicentre was near Albufeira.

As the Algarve is in an earthquake zone, Peter Booker will present a talk on ‘The Great Earthquake of 1755 in the Algarve’. He will also analyse the other seismic events in this area over time and discuss the probable location of the epicentres.

Many studies have concentrated on the effects of the earthquake in Lisbon, but there are few studies on how the Algarve was affected by this major disaster. The overwhelming story is one of death and destruction, but the distance of any particular locality from the epicentre and from the coast made an appreciable difference to the amount of damage suffered.

Join Peter to discover how your particular town was damaged in the earthquake of 1755.

Easter Concert

  • Sunday, April 2, Quintinha da Música, 5pm

The concert will feature three well-known Dutch pianists. Irene Ainstein teaches at the Conservatório Regional Maria Campina in Faro, and Inge Lulofs and Marlies van Gent take time off their heavy schedules in the Netherlands to travel and perform for the AHA here in the Algarve.

Their programme includes, for four hands, Rachmaninov Opus 11 and Slavonic Dances by Dvorak Opus 46 and 72; and, for six hands, works by Schubert, Mozart, Donizetti and Bizet in arrangements by different composers.

As usual, at the end of our Easter Concert, our performers will indulge in a little light-hearted musical banter at the keyboard. It is a bit of a squeeze to fit three adult players at one keyboard, and the result is always fun.

Tickets at €25, including interval snacks and drinks, are available from Peter on [email protected], or Lynne on [email protected]