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Dublin’s rich cultural history is celebrated

A festival to celebrate the artistic achievements of Dublin will be taking place at TEMPO – Teatro Municipal de Portimão, from June 16 to 25.

Dublin has been chosen for the 3rd edition of Cidades Invisíveis (Invisible Cities) festival, with a selection of music, theatre, cinema, literature, and exhibitions making up the programme of events for this edition of the festival devoted to ‘literary cities’.

The theme this year will be the city of Dublin, the scene of the famous literary novel Ulysses by James Joyce. Bloomsday, the Irish national holiday that celebrates Joyce’s book, will be marked on June 16 with the inauguration of the exhibition called A Century of News Photography, organised by the National Library of Ireland.

It will be open until July 2 and features 30 images which portray historical, political and social events in the Ireland of the twentieth century.

This exhibition will also mark the centenary of the newspaper Irish Independent.

Music shows are also part of the programme, with the first on June 17 from 10pm at Café Concerto of TEMPO with the traditional Irish music quartet Sheela na Gig. Admission is free.

Another musical show will take place on the last day of the festival, June 25, from 9.30pm at TEMPO Grande Auditório with Beoga (pictured left), considered one of the best known traditional music Irish bands.

Theatre company The Company, inspired by James Joyce’s Ulysses, will perform As you are now only once were we.

The play explores how the novelist recreates the city of Dublin and its people and will take place at TEMPO Grande Auditório on June 22 from 9.30pm.

It will be performed in English and subtitled in Portuguese and tickets cost €10.

The festival also includes a cinema cycle from June 16 to 18, always at 9pm at TEMPO Pequeno Auditório, of the movies The Wind That Shakes the Barley by Ken Loach, Once by John Carney, and The Magdalene Sisters by Peter Mullan. Free tickets can be acquired before the cinema sessions.

TEMPO ticket sales office is open Tuesday to Saturday from 2pm to 7pm and on show days from 2pm to 9.30pm.

For more information and reservations, please call 282 402 475 or 961 579 917 or visit (only available in Portuguese).