Lisboa na Rua, a month of free and open-air culture
The Lisboa na Rua program, organized by EGEAC, is back, with free access to open-air cultural events. Between August 19 and September 18, the city’s gardens, squares and squares will be animated with varied shows for all ages.
For a month, dance matinees, open-air cinema evenings, shows and festivals are back. But there are also many different proposals and some surprises in this program that this year takes the Literature and Poetry of authors such as José Saramago and João Monge to the street, celebrates 200 years of Brazilian independence with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic and gives back the magic to Vale do Silêncio, with a new concert by the Gulbenkian Orchestra.
The Solo Fest Festival opens the program with two nights of intimate performances, at Castelo de São Jorge, between Theatre, Dance and Music. On August 19, actor Miguel Sermão plays “Por Ele”, a comedy about married life, and composer Mafalda Veiga revisits some of his best-known themes, some versions of bands like the Beatles or David Bowie and others unpublished; on the 20th, it is the turn of the dance show “Kodé Di Dona”, with Mano Preto, in a tribute to the Cape Verdean poet, composer and historian, and the concert by the Cuban cellist and singer Ana Carla Maza.
Sound art and magic fill the last days of August through the festivals Lisboa Mágica, with 15 artists and 158 shows, spread over 10 locations in the city, and Lisboa Soa – which, under the motto of Reinvenção, is divided into this 6th edition, between Carpintarias de São Lázaro and the Museum of Lisbon – Teatro Romano, with installations, performances and workshops.
In September, we highlight the return of classical music to the Vale do Silêncio. Uma Noite no Vale, with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, on the 10th, under the direction of conductor Diogo Costa, and with the participation of guest soloists. A great show designed for the green park of Olivais, whose repertoire mixes symphonic music with favorite arias from opera, operetta and musical theater, by composers such as Manuel de Falla, Jules Massenet, George Gershwin or Leonard Bernstein, author of the famous West Side Story musical.
Also part of Lisboa na Rua are the performances of two more orchestras: the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais, which celebrates the bicentennial of Brazil’s independence in a concert that will take place in the gardens of Torre de Belém (the 7th) and the Lisbon Poetry Orchestra (the 17), at Castelo de São Jorge, which presents the latest work entitled Os Surrealistas.
Two different proposals take place at the Museu de Lisboa – Palácio Pimenta, on two Saturdays in September: on the 3rd, starting at 9 pm, a cineconcert with the film by Manuel Luís Vieira O Fauno das Montanhas (1926), here presented in a restored digital copy by the Cinemateca Portuguesa – Cinema Museum, accompanied live by the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra. On the 17th, fado singer Helder Moutinho and actress Maria João Luís literally star in the show A Voz e a Alma, singing, declaiming and interpreting the unique poetry of João Monge.
Still in September, two books take the stage. At Largo José Saramago (Campo das Cebolas) will take place, on the 3rd, from 9:30 pm, A Passarola, a free theatrical adaptation, based on the novel Memorial do Convento by the writer who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998, created by Trigo Clean ACERT theater. In Jardim do Palácio das Galveias, on the 18th, at 5 pm, it is time for the premiere of the show Mais de Cem Mil Dias, based on the audiobook with the same title by Inês Pupo, with illustrations by Ricardo Machado and music by Filipe Raposo and Gonçalo Prata.
Dance has a permanent place in Lisboa na Rua. On Sunday afternoons, under the slogan Dançar a Cidade, the invitation is to have open-air classes in Flamenco and Sevillanas (at Quinta das Conchas), African Tribal Dances (in the garden of Palácio das Galveias), Samba and Forró (in Moinhos de Santana Urban Park) and Salsa and Merengue (Largo José Saramago – Campo das Cebolas), from 5 pm. Other artistic expressions are assiduous in this program, such as video art with the FUSO festival, for 5 days and in various places in the city, and Cinema with the Cinema no Estendal project with two days of outdoor sessions.