Faro Câmara and the Culture Ministry have signed contracts for the construction of the new municipal theatre, paving the way for the city’s investiture as National Culture Capital next year. The new theatre, which is predicted to cost a total of 5,628,000 euros, should be ready by next March. Five million euros came from European Union funds, via the Operational Culture Programme – the balance was met by central government. The Culture Ministry said a future top priority would be to provide major cities in the region with more theatrical amenities. The agreement was signed in Ajuda Palace in Lisbon, during a meeting attended by Culture Minister, Maria João Bustorff, and Tourism Minister, Telmo Correia.