Festival “Correntes” promotes Coimbra’s music and fado

The fourth edition of the festival “Correntes de um só rio – Encontro do Fado, da Canção, da Música e das Guitarras de Coimbra” starts on October 1st and has a vast program

An event promoted by the City Council of Coimbra, which brings together more than a dozen initiatives, such as concerts, gatherings and exhibitions in the municipal facilities Convento São Francisco. It will be possible to watch, for example, Cuca Roseta and Catarina Moura on stage with violinists Manuel Rocha and Orlando Noronha, Rui Pato and António Ataíde remembering Zeca Afonso’s songs or the presentation of new albums by João Farinha and Bernardo Moreira . A festival dedicated to Coimbra’s song and fado, which is already an integral part of the city’s cultural panorama.

It is the fourth consecutive year that CM Coimbra has held the festival “Correntes de um só rio”, dedicated to Fado, Song, Music, and Guitars of Coimbra. The event starts on October 1st, as usual with the Serenata Património, which this year joins two rivers, Mondego-Mandovi. It is a show-film that takes to the stage two virtuoso violinists from Coimbra and Goa, Manuel Rocha and Orlando de Noronha, who tell the stories of these two rivers that the Portuguese, at the time of the Discoveries, made into one. Cuca Roseta and Catarina Moura give voice to the sea that unites them, through the tunes of one side and another of the Portuguese world.

The program for this fourth edition includes new and varied proposals that go beyond music. Shows for children and families, an exhibition/installation called KAPUA WAIATA – Variations on the Coimbra Guitar and gatherings, are some of the events that can be enjoyed until the next 10th of October.

The program also includes the performance of Rui Pato and António Ataíde recalling Zeca Afonso’s songs on September 2nd, João Farinha presenting “Tempo sem Sombras” on September 5th and Bernardo Moreira presenting his new album “Entre Paredes” on October 9th. The V Grande Noite do Fado and Canção de Coimbra is scheduled for the 7th, at 9.30 pm, in the Grande Auditorium of Convento São Francisco.

A festival created by the City Council four years ago, which aims to promote and enhance Coimbra’s fado and song, and has had, since the beginning, the enthusiastic collaboration of numerous musicians and artists from the city and also artists who, inspired by the musical tradition Coimbra, defined their paths linked to this art. As the city prepares its candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2027, it is intended, therefore, with an eye to the future, to give relevance to the matrices that best define the city’s identity, and, of which, fado and Coimbra songs are an exceptional example.

An edition that will still take place in the context of a pandemic, as in the previous edition, so the organization ensured strict compliance with all the guidelines of the health authorities. It is therefore mandatory to wear a mask, entry will be prohibited after the start of the event, the space will be signposted and physical distance will be respected and all indications of the attendants at the venue will be respected.

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