Festival F isn’t just about music

discover the program of activities parallel to the concerts

Festival F presents its program of complementary activities to the more than 60 concerts scheduled for the 7th, 8th and 9th of September in the historic center of Faro. Gatherings, performing arts and crafts are some of the proposals that complete the three days of the 8th edition of the event.


Similar to what happened in previous editions, the gatherings will play a central role in the program, taking the debate daily to the Cloisters of the Cathedral. One of the highlights of the agenda is the theme of Artificial Intelligence in artistic creation, moderated by radio host Luís Oliveira, with the participation of Matilde Campilho, a recognized writer in the national literary scene, and Rui Alves, actor, musician, director and – according to him – “a militant procrastinator”.

The press and journalism scenario will be another of the protagonists of these informal conversations, under the theme Where is the news?, which will be delivered to three journalists from different national media outlets: Miguel Ribeiro (SIC), Mafalda Anjos (VISÃO) and Rita Marrafa de Carvalho (RTP).

With the world of haute cuisine gaining an increasing number of followers in Portugal, is cooking an act of love or pure selfishness? is another of the themes present. The gathering features the participation of Vanessa Oliveira, television presenter, and Rodrigo Meneses, MasterChef Portugal competitor in the 2011 edition and organizer of events and workshops, moderated by Nuno Miguel Dias, journalist and gastronome.


Artistic intervention returns to the spotlight in this edition and takes place all over the festival grounds, with the presence of names such as Al-Fanfare, Funkarmonica, Grupo Coral Ossonoba, and the dance group Urban Xpression.

The Emergente artistic residency program takes several artists and structures working in the areas of theater, dance, contemporary circus, and visual arts to Fábrica da Cerveja. Several performances will also take place in this space and pieces will be presented as part of the BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts, which Faro is hosting for the second time.

The spaces of the Municipal Museum of Faro and Galeria Trem host the exhibition Natureza Paralela, by Manuel Baptista, while Galeria Arco will feature Faro Outside the city, by Eduardo Pinto.

In addition to these initiatives, there is the VATe children’s and youth theater run by the Algarve Theater Company, with two daily sessions in the auditorium on wheels located next to the SAGRES – Ria Stage, and also Artists & Fleas, an alternative market open between the 6 pm and 1 am, which aims to bring together those who visit through art.


Always positioned as an event for the whole family, Festival F also offers a space dedicated to the little ones: Fagar Kid’s F, in the Palco SAGRES – Ria area. Here, future generations of festival-goers are invited to try out the countless activities and recreational-pedagogical experiences, within the scope of Environmental Sustainability.


The temperatures can also be invited to experience the Jamanta Sunset Lounge Catamaran. This boat with the concept of a floating bar has the first boarding scheduled for 3 pm at the Olhão marina and arrives in Faro at 5:30 pm. From that time onwards, festival ticket holders can board via shuttle.

The Jamanta will be anchored close to the Faro Commercial Pier in order to allow participants to continue being involved in the event, with a dynamic experience until 8 pm in the middle of the Ria Formosa.

Claustros da Sé

September 7th, 8:30 pm
Artificial Intelligence in artistic creation
Matilde Campilho, writer
Rui Alves, actor, musician, director and “militant procrastinator”
Luís Oliveira, broadcaster (moderator)

September 8, 8:30 pm
Where’s the news?
Mafalda Anjos, journalist, director of VISÃO and commentator at CNN Portugal
Rita Marrafa de Carvalho, journalist and author
Miguel Ribeiro, journalist and musician (moderator)

September 9th, 8:30 pm
Is cooking an act of love or pure selfishness?
Vanessa Oliveira, television presenter
Rodrigo Meneses, former publicist, MasterChef Portugal competitor, musician, foodie, event and workshop organizer
Nuno Miguel Dias, journalist and gastronome (moderator)

SAGRES stage – Ria
Hours: 20h – 24h | Children between 6 and 10 years old | Maximum stay: 2h/child

Al-Fanfare (street)
Funkarmonica (street)
Grupo Coral Ossonoba (choir)
Urban Xpression (dance)
VATe by Companhia de Teatro do Algarve (children’s theater) | Bus limited to 27 seats | Sessions at 7 pm and 8 pm | Largo de São Francisco

Emerging | Artists: Edgar Massul, Joana R. Sá, and Rosa Guedes – Fábrica da Cerveja (Association 289)
BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts | Artists: Héctor Zamora, Tiago Cadete, Neusa Trovoada, Zia Soares, João Melo / Glantosz and Rita GT – Fábrica da Cerveja
Parallel Nature, by Manuel Baptista – Faro Municipal Museum and Trem Gallery
Faro outside the city, by Eduardo Pinto – Galeria Arco (ALFA)


Entrance from Faro with F ticket: 10€
Entrance from Faro without an F ticket: 15€
Entrance from Olhão with ticket F (one-way): €15
Entrance to Olhão »» Tour Olhão: 20€

16:00 – Departure from Olhão Marina;
17:30 – Arrival in Faro;
17:30 – 18:00 – Tickets Faro;
18:15 – Anchored in the commercial pier buoy;
18:45 – Shuttle Faro Jamanta;
19:00 – Shuttle Faro Jamanta;
19:45 – Return to Faro Pier;
20:00 – Arrival Faro pier;
20:15 – Departure to Olhão;
21:30 – Arrival in Olhão

Ticket verification for the festival will be done at the entrance to Jamanta. If you don’t have a ticket, you will have to pay an additional cost of €5. On the same day, tickets must be purchased at the Animaris counter (next to the Pier).

Festival F is the result of joint work between the Municipality of Faro, Sons em Trânsito, Teatro das Figuras, and Ambifaro. This edition is sponsored by Sagres, Bandida do Pomar, Lusíadas, Carby, GFH, CTT, Fórum Algarve, Frimarc, and Cristóvão & Coelho Lda. It is also supported by Fagar, Artists and Fleas Market, and RUA FM.

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