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New Year’s Eve celebrations across the Algarve

by PAULO SILVESTRE

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Algarve councils will be celebrating the arrival of 2011 with lots of music, entertainment and fireworks.

In the eastern Algarve at Monte Gordo, in the Vila Real de Santo António council, celebrations will be near the casino area starting on December 30 with bands The Vide Versus, Klepht and DJ Peter Cazanova headlining this first night.

New Year’s Eve will begin with local bands Electrik Experiment and Allmariados and, after the traditional fireworks at midnight, the party will continue with more music from Portuguese singer Angélico, Brazilian band Dayran and, from 2am, dance music with DJ Nuno Dourado.

On January 1, Cuban salsa band Los Angeles de la Habana will entertain the first day of the year with dance rhythms. The celebrations will end with Portuguese DJ Diego Miranda.

New Year’s Eve in Faro will be held at Jardim Manuel Bívar from 10.30pm with a performance by 7eventy 7even, a rock-soul-funk covers band.

Following the New Year’s Eve tradition, the fireworks display will begin when the clock strikes midnight, after which DJ MrKool will get everyone dancing the night away.

Meanwhile in Albufeira, the New Year’s Eve programme will start with a medieval fair in Paderne from December 30 until January 2. Parades, exhibitions, a medieval market and musical performances will be taking place during the event. 

Albufeira’s highlight this year will be the live television transmission of the final of Ídolos (Pop Idol) at Praia dos Pescadores. With over one million viewers in Portugal, Ídolos is now one of the most successful television programmes in Portugal and Albufeira Câmara expects thousands of people to attend the event.

After the fireworks, the party will continue with Portuguese DJ Diego Miranda.

Albufeira tourism association APAL has been promoting New Year in the council with a radio campaign targeted at the Spanish market, specifically in Seville, Huelva, Granada, Cordoba, Cadiz, Badajoz and Cáceres. On December 26, APAL will begin another campaign, this time on Spanish television channel Canal Sur.

Portimão will bid farewell to 2010 and welcome the New Year with lots of entertainment for all tastes at the riverside area.

The night will start with a performance by Brazilian group Axé and after the fireworks, the party will continue with a music performance by well-known Portuguese romantic singer Tony Carreira.

The celebrations will continue from January 1 to 4 with the fifth edition of the comedy festival Solrir, which will gather together the best Portuguese comedians at Portimão Arena from 9.30pm each night.

Tickets for one day cost €5 and for the four-day tickets cost €15.

Lagos will also be holding a fireworks display at midnight in Avenida dos Descobrimentos.