Faro celebrates world folk traditions.jpg

Faro celebrates world folk traditions

From August 15 until August 23, Faro will be hosting FolkFaro 2009, an international festival of folk dancing, which involves 11 dance groups from seven countries.

This festival, which has been organised by Faro’s folk dancing group with support from the Câmara, among other entities, is aimed at promoting peace, friendship and tolerance between culturally distinct people.

Tomorrow there will be a grand opening gala at the municipal theatre, Teatro das Figuras, from 10pm, where 300 dancers from four continents will raise their flags, and share their dances and traditions.

International dancing groups taking part in this seventh edition of the festival are Iskele Municipality Folk Dance Group from Cyprus, Fundacion Artística Imagen y Expresion from Columbia, Conjunto Folklorico Mi Orgullo Panamá, Panama, Folk Ensemble Nemunas from Lithuania, the Rovesniki National Folk Dance Ensemble from Russia and the Karpaty Folk Ensemble from Slovakia, as well as Portuguese regional and national dancing groups.

riverside area

Following the opening ceremony, folk dancing shows will take place each evening on the stage at Faro’s Passeio da Doca, the city’s riverside area.

On Saturday, August 22, the theme of the festival will be Portuguese traditions, which will include performances by five folk dancing groups from across Portugal and Madeira.

There will also be dance workshops, parades and street entertainment throughout the festival.

For more information about the festival, please telephone Helena Franco on 966 049 355 or email grupofaro@hotmail.com Alternatively visit the website, available in Portuguese only, at www.folkfaro.com Tickets for the opening gala at Teatro das Figuras cost eight euros.