White Night party returns to Loulé
It is described as the “longest and most anticipated night of the Algarvian summer” and is expected to attract thousands of people to Loulé.
The ‘Noite Branca Algarve’ (White Night Algarve) event will be held on Saturday, August 26, promising “glamour, elegance, relaxation, celebration, joy, socialising, exuberance, and harmony: all of this and much more come together in a single event that brings thousands of people to the heart of Loulé to enjoy a surprising programme of cultural and artistic entertainment.”
This will be the first edition of the event since 2019, thus expectations are high. There will be plenty of good music, organisers promise, “especially chill-out sounds that fit the ambiance,” as well as street performances, sports activities, dance performances and much more.
However, the programme is only announced on the day of the event as “the element of surprise is one of the party’s ingredients”.
Says the local council, the goal is to provide visitors with a “full urban experience”. In order to achieve this, the town’s streets will transform into “a large living room, with poufs and tables set up in areas where cars usually circulate”.
The entertainment spots and stages will be set up along a 125,000sqm area stretching from Largo de S. Francisco to the second plaque of Avenida José da Costa Mealha, from the castle wall to the Engº Duarte Pacheco monument.
Local businesses and restaurants will also stay open through the night with special decorations and prices, while bars will be setting up shop along the town’s streets to serve special cocktails and other beverages.
As the event’s name suggests, street decorations will be “entirely white”, and the colourful cloths near the Municipal Market, a hallmark of the MED Festival, will be replaced with white cloths.
White will also be the dress code, “contrasting with the tanned skin of many holidaymakers who chose the Algarve as their holiday destination and bid farewell in Loulé to what were undoubtedly happy days,” the council adds.
Loulé’s White Night event is inspired by similar events held in some European capitals, most notably Paris. It has been taking place for 16 years in Loulé and is described as a “pioneering” event in Portugal, having been replicated natiowide, the council stresses.
Admission to the White Night, which will begin at 8.10pm, is free.