All-night gong therapy event to raise funds for cash-strapped Silves firefighters

A unique ‘all night sound therapy event’ is being held at Silves’ ‘bombeiros’ (fire station) later this month, designed to raise as much money as possible for the town’s cash-strapped firefighters.

Powered by local resident Luísa Barbosa, it involves a seven and three-quarter hour concert performed by eight teachers of the International School of Tibetan Singing Bowls (‘Taças Tibetanas).

Said Barbosa, it will be both a concert, and a “fantastic therapy” for people taking part, “something totally new in our town, and in the Algarve”.

Prices vary, with the larger the group involved bringing totals down.

For example, a single ticket for the evening – starting at 10.30pm with “an initial explanation session”, followed by the concert starting at midnight and ending just before 8am the next morning – costs €70.

Tickets for two reduce the price to €60 per person, for three to €50 and so on.

Full details can be found on the website or via mobile number: 962848270.

As Luísa Barbosa explained: “We need the bombeiros well-equipped. These are people we may only need at bad moments in our lives, but that doesn’t mean we do not need to think about them the rest of the time”.

The event, beginning on Saturday August 26, can accommodate at least 200 people in the fire station’s hall – and Luísa Barbosa is hoping to fill it.

Tibetan singing bowls and gong sound therapy are used to create a range of sounds to restore the normal vibratory frequencies of diseased and ‘out-of-harmony parts of the body, mind and soul’.

Explain sources, they are a form of “energy medicine that promote healing from stress disorders, pain, depression and most forms of dis-ease”.

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