Portimão rallies round the humble sardine

It promises to be a very different kind of exhibition. “O Cardume” opens in Galeria 21 on Saturday and features the results of a challenge sent out over Easter for people to draw or paint sardines.

“We have sardines painted by well-known figures, to children and old people”, António Serra, one of the organizers, told us.

Famous “artists” include TV commentator Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa – who apparently drew a sardine on a table napkin in three minutes – local councilors, including Portimão’s mayoress Isilda Gomes, and even PS leader António Costa, whose sardine has yet to be received but who has said he wants to be involved.

The idea for the show, opening at 2pm, is to “open people’s eyes a bit” to the possibilities still untapped in Portimão.

“There is so much we could still be doing in terms of industry”, explained Serra.

The show will last through the summer, but move periodically round the town – using space in hotels and other venues – to highlight the little fish that is so connected to the town’s history.

Galeria 21 is in Rua Dom Carlos 1, not far from Portimão’s court building.

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