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Christmas magic

To celebrate the magic of Christmas, the Algarve region is proposing a series of cultural events.

Silves Câmara is hosting today, December 14, a special Christmas concert by the Vox Angelis Association, a musical project inspired in the religious music that marked the 18th century.  The free concert is scheduled to start at 9.30pm in the Silves Misericórdia Church.

The programme for the concert includes the sacred duet Dal tuo Soglio Luminos from Vivaldi, Handel’s nº 10 Sonata in G minor, Mozart’s Exultate, Jubilate and Pergolesi’s Salve Regina in C minor.

On Sunday, December 16, classical sounds will travel to Portimão Arena, where Orquestra do Algarve, along with other Algarve choirs, is performing a Christmas concert.

Organised by the Algarve Tourism Board (RTA), the concert will start at 9.30pm in the Arade Pavilion with the performance of a musical piece by Mozart, under the direction of French conductor Laurent Wagner.

The Ossonoba choir from Faro, the Tavira choir and Ideias do Levante choir from Lagoa will perform some of the most famous Christmas themes including Adolph Adam’s Silent Night.

Tickets cost only five euros and are available at tourism information branches in Praia da Rocha, Monchique, Silves, Carvoeiro, Loulé, Tavira, Albufeira and Faro. Tickets will also be on sale on the day of the concert at the Arade Pavilion.


Keeping the classical tone of the Christmas celebrations, Faro Theatre is hosting the Snow Queen Ballet from Companhia de Dança do Algarve (CDA), inspired in a fairy tale by Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen.

The Snow Queen Ballet tells the story of a magic mirror that has the power of making disappear all the good and pretty things and of enlarging all the things that are ugly and futile. One day the mirror breaks in a thousand pieces which are spread throughout the world and hitting a little boy named Kay. Hurt by the crystal pieces of the mirror, Kay becomes more sensitive to the evil magic of the Snow Queen, who takes him to the cold palace of her distant and dark kingdom.

What happens then is a mystery to be disclosed on the 21st, but only by those who attend the show.

The event is scheduled to start at 9.30pm on Friday, December 21, and tickets cost 10 euros, with a 50 per cent discount for children under 12-years-old.

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