Faro seeks ‘açoteias’ for Rooftop Festival

Faro seeks ‘açoteias’ for Rooftop Festival

Faro Council is encouraging entities and citizens to offer up their ‘açoteias’ for the Açoteia – Faro Rooftop Festival which will take place on July 7 and 8.

‘Açoteias’ are a typically Algarvian type of flat roof which were used to dry fruits and fish and collect water from the rain. They can be found across the Algarve, giving many homes their unique regional twist.

Faro Council, along with a series of local and regional associations and entities, is seeking ‘açoteias’ within a two-kilometre radius of the town centre to be featured in the upcoming festival.

These special rooftops can be of many sizes and types as long as they are interesting enough for people to visit or can host one of the many events which will be held as part of the festival.

As the council explains, the festival will allow the public to visit “iconic açoteias” which are otherwise “inaccessible”. They will host everything from artistic performances and exhibitions to debates, lectures and “sensorial experiences.”

The festival is part of the European Creative Rooftop Network (ECRN) project, which “pulls together knowledge, efforts, and local initiatives, to develop and share new methods for the sustainable and collaborative management of rooftops in Europe.”

To sign up for a chance to feature an ‘açoteia’ in the festival, visit www.acoteia.pt.