FolkFaro, described as the “biggest folklore festival in the south of Portugal”, is set to begin on Sunday (August 21) at Teatro das Figuras in Faro.
The opening gala will begin at 9.30pm and will feature performances by local folklore group Grupo Folclórico de Faro (which organises the event) and five international folklore groups from Bosnia Herzegovina (Čajavec Folk Dance Ensemble), Brazil (Conjunto Folclórico Arte Nativa), Mexico (Tierras Mexicanas), Panama (Agrupación Panamá Folklore) and Kenya (Tarumbeta Africa).
Tickets cost €10 and can be purchased at the theatre, at Fnac stores and online at www.bol.pt. A 20% discount is available for children aged under 12 and adults aged over 65.
But this will only be the start of Folkfaro.
There will be a daily live performance at Largo da Sé in Faro at 10pm between Monday, August 22 and Saturday, August 27, with groups from two countries performing each night except for the final performance on August 27 which will see the six groups that performed at the opening gala also performing at the square.
This year’s programme is “decentralised” – in other words, performances will also be taking place in other boroughs across the Algarve, including Loulé, Olhão, São Brás de Alportel and Tavira.
Street entertainment, parades, dance workshops, special shows for children and the elderly are also part of the programme, as well as an ecumenical celebration at São Pedro Church at 11.30am on August 27 which will pass on a “message of peace and union between peoples”.
For those who cannot attend the opening gala and the live shows at Largo da Sé in person, the performances will be streamed live online on the social media pages of Mais Algarve.
The full programme can be found on Grupo Folclórico de Faro’s Facebook page.
FolkFaro was first held in 2003 and has been held every year since except for 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to organisers, it is the only festival in the south of Portugal with international certification from CIOFF (International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts), a UNESCO partner created in 1970 and tasked with the “safeguarding, promotion and diffusion of traditional culture and folklore”.