Fado singing from the window

Fado singing from the window

Four singers perform this Saturday evening in Portimão’s Main Church square.

“Fado à Janela” is bringing Portimão’s main church square to life with the sound of popular Portuguese song this Saturday, September 17, at 21:00. Organised by the Boa Esperança Atlético Clube Portimonense, the event will see four fado singers perform from club’s windows.

Singers Adriana Marques, Melissa Simplício, Daniel Pinto Coelho and Luís Manhita will be accompanied by Rafael Pacheco on the Portuguese guitar and by José Santana on the guitar. Together they will put on an emotional performance featuring traditional Fado songs. Adding depth to the unique performance, a light show will be projected on the façades of the Boa Esperança Club and the Main Church.

The event is designed to take spectators back to life in Portimão in the 1960s and 1970s. During these decades, canning factory workers were known to wait by their windows for the factory bells to ring. These announced the arrival of fishing trawlers loaded with fresh fish, which guaranteed work and support for their families.

While they waited, the women sang popular fado songs, sometimes competing with each other, giving rise to lively neighbourly exchanges. These animated moments are what the Boa Esperança Club intends to evoke with this singular cultural initiative.

Entrance is free. However, those wishing to attend the event must previously request tickets from Portimão’s Junta de Freguesia (Parish Council).