Statue of D. Sebastião by the late artist João Cutileiro in Lagos
Statue of D. Sebastião by the late artist João Cutileiro in Lagos – Photo: BRUNO FILIPE PIRES/OPEN MEDIA GROUP

Lagos and Lagoa celebrate milestone anniversaries

Two municipalities in the Algarve – Lagoa and Lagos – will be celebrating milestone anniversaries in 2023.

Lagos has unveiled a year-long programme to mark its impressive 450th anniversary, including everything from live performances and exhibitions to conferences, contests and book presentations.

The first round of celebrations is scheduled for the last weekend of January (27-29). The highlights of the first three days of the festivities are performances by Orquestra Ligeira de Lagos, Spanish company Vaivén Circo with its original ‘ESENCIAL’, and Lagos pop singer Marta Lima.

Orquestra Ligeira de Lagos
Orquestra Ligeira de Lagos – Photo: FACEBOOK

Two conferences will also be held during January: ‘D. Sebastião and Sebastianism: The myth is dead or just sleeping’ by André Belo, author and expert on the subject, and ‘D. Sebastião and the statuary of João Cutileiro’, by sculptor João Duarte.

Also planned is the launch of two new events: the ‘Lagos Cidade’ photography contest and the ‘Lagos Eterna’ sculpture competition, which are due to be presented soon.

Some of the municipality’s biggest events will also be included in the programme, such as the Arte Doce sweets fair (due to take place from July 26 to 30), the Lagos book fair (August 5-15), and the Discoveries Festival (May 4-7).

The full programme can be found online.

Lagoa Mayor Luís Encarnação during the anniversary ceremony outside the town hall on Monday, January 16
Lagoa Mayor Luís Encarnação during the anniversary ceremony outside the town hall on Monday, January 16

250 years of Lagoa municipality

Further east, Lagoa turned 250 on Monday (January 16), marking the date in 1773 when King D. José redefined the administrative divisions of the Algarve and created the municipality of Lagoa.

Says Lagoa Council, a vast programme dedicated to the borough’s 250th anniversary has been prepared, featuring a long list of events which will take place throughout the year.

Included in the programme will be conferences, workshops and other educational events which will bring “researchers, decision-makers and thinkers” to Lagoa.

There will also be a series of public art events to mark the “identity and memories” of local landmarks.

The historic occasion was celebrated on Friday (January 13) with the opening of Pátio das Gerações (Patio of Generations).

Lagoa’s new Patio of Generations at the São José Convent
Lagoa’s new Patio of Generations at the São José Convent

The new multiuse building will be home to the town’s Senior University and will be used to host a variety of other events.

It is located at the São José Convent square and boasts an outdoor patio, reception, lounge, two study rooms, a kitchen, and multiuse room.

There is also an indoor patio which links the building to the EB1 Lagoa primary school, as well as the school cafeteria, which will help organise “activities integrating many generations”.

The council invested €476,000 to refurbish the rundown building and turn it into the modern facility it is now.

“It is with great satisfaction that I see this rundown space become a building that is at the service of the population, both for seniors and younger generations. This project re-establishes Lagoa as an Education City, as it provides the opportunity to learn throughout life, and promote a formal and informal education,” said Lagoa Mayor Luís Encarnação.

He also celebrated the borough’s milestone anniversary on Monday, outside the Town Hall, thanking everyone who serves or has served Lagoa, is part of its history and has contributed to promote it abroad.