It isn’t really Christmas in Lagoa without the presence of “living statues” – performers who can keep stationary poses for several hours at a time.
The annual tradition is returning on December 16 and 17 with 16 living statues delighting passers-by at Rua Coronel Figueiredo, Rua 25 de Abril and Largo 5 de Outubro.
The performers will be bringing to life an array of characters inspired by everything from religion and literature to history.
This year, the event will also celebrate the lives of the late Portuguese author José Saramago (who would have turned 100 this year) and the 25th anniversary since the passing of Mother Theresa of Calcutta.
As usual, there will be a contest to elect the best living statue – one based on votes from the public and another based on votes from the jury.
The “pioneering event in the south of Portugal” is being held for the eighth year and aims to promote the art of living statues whilst also bringing new life and entertainment to the town centre during the festive season.
The living statues can be seen from 3pm to 6pm on December 16 and from 10am to 1pm on December 17.
“This unique event has been attracting many visitors year after year, helping promote local businesses,” said Lagoa mayor Luís Encarnação. “I believe this edition will be another success and we are counting on everyone to visit.”