Faro, Loulé and Lagos are preparing to host the 10th edition of Verão Azul, described by organisers as a “transdisciplinary festival of contemporary arts”.
The festival begins on November 4 with the unveiling of a photography exhibition by Pauliana Valente Pimentel entitled ‘Faro Oeste’, which portrays the day-to-day life of gypsy communities in Faro, Loulé and Boliqueime. The exhibition will open at Faro’s municipal museum at 6.30pm.
Artist Miguel Bonneville will also be presenting his live show ‘The Importance of Being Alan Turing’ in Faro on November 19, while Catalonian music group ZA! will be leading a musical walking tour through the Algarvean capital on November 20.
In Loulé, Tiago Gandra and Daniel V. Melim will be presenting the ‘Centro Cultural do Carro’ art exhibition, which will see works of art exhibited in an old beige Mercedes-Benz on November 12 and 13 near the Espírito Santo convent.
Another highlight will include a performance from the mind of Brazilian theatre director Alex Cassal, entitled ‘The End-of-the-World Library’, taking place at Loulé’s municipal library on November 12.
Meanwhile, illustrator António Jorge Gonçalves and rapper MC Flávio Almada (aka LBC Soldjah) will be joining forces to host a conference/performance at Lagos’ cultural centre on November 5 and 6.
The full programme can be found on the festival’s website in English (click here).
“We had to cut back on the international programme, but we have not cut back on the quality of our productions. This year we focused on meeting, on the chance that each production will help us create a space where each and every spectator can find their own inner self, and their own joy,” event curator Catarina Saraiva said on the festival’s website.
Verão Azul is directed by the artistic duo of Ana Borralho and João Galante and produced by cultural association casaBranca.
Its first edition was held in 2011 for four days in Lagos. Over time, the event has expanded to other parts of the Algarve.