Carvoeiro-based musician Beto Kalulu took part in the protest held outside the Faro municipal theatre

Artists hold national protest to call for more government support

Actors, musicians, sound technicians, venue owners and many others working in the culture sector held a day-long national protest yesterday (May 21) to highlight the difficulties they are facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Demonstrators held up signs reading “What if we were left without culture?”

The protest was held across several cities and towns, with one of the groups gathering in front of Parliament in Lisbon.

In the Algarve, artists also gathered in front of the municipal theatre in Faro and town hall in Lagos.

The goal was to urge the government into coming up with measures that will help the sector overcome the effects of the pandemic.

“This protest aims to give a face, a voice and a body to all the artists and culture professionals who lost their source of income and were left without solutions among the scarce measures implemented by the State and its Ministry of Culture, despite their good intentions,” organisers said in the vigil’s Facebook event page.

During the protest, artists wore masks and kept a safe distance from each other.

In April, the Resident spoke to several Algarve musicians who described their struggles and how some were even “going hungry” (click here).