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The 9th edition of the Santa Casa Alfama Festival received more than 50 artists, installed in more than 10 spaces in the Alfama neighborhood
The Santa Casa Alfama takes place in the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon, full of magnificent architecture and overflowing with culture. The festival featured ten stages throughout the Alfama’s streets, including churches such as S. Miguel and Santo Estêvão, and recreational societies such as Boa União, Grupo Sportivo Adicence and Magalhães de Lima, and is located at the Museu do Fado, and it reaches the riverfront with the main stage, Santa Casa Alfama, and the windows of Largo S. Miguel.
After an edition dedicated to Amália Rodrigues, in the diva’s centenary year, the 9th edition of Santa Casa Alfama, from September 24th to 25th, paid homage to another great name in Fado and Portuguese music: Carlos do Carmo. The year 2021 began with the sad news of the disappearance of someone whose voice is confused with the last fifty years of the country’s history.
The cruise terminal thus hosted a video mapping projection about Carlos do Carmo, and an exhibition about the fado singer, creator of hits such as “Canoas do Tejo”, “Os Putos”, “Trem Desmantelado”, “Lisboa, Menina e Moça” and “Fado Anarda”, among others. It should be noted that all the artists who participated in the festival included at least 1 theme by Carlos do Carmo in their repertoires.
The Lisbon Cruise Terminal Rooftop hosted the Ermelinda Freitas Stage and on the first day, September 25, hosted the show “Em Casa d’Amália” live with Alexandra, FF, Jorge Fernando, José Gonçalez, Tozé Brito and André Dias.
The Amália Stage, installed in the Abreu Advogados Auditorium, received Natalino de Jesus and Maura Airez, the Museu do Fado restaurant terrace received the winner of the Senior Fado Grand Prix, Ana Beatriz, among others, and the Santa Maria Maior Stage, in Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, hosted “Os Mauricianos” with Jaime Dias, Pedro Galveias, Fernando Jorge and Vitor Miranda, and the duo Conceição Ribeiro and Nelson Lemos.
On the Palco Bogani, in Grupo Sportivo Adicense, Silvino Sardo and Maria João Quadros performed, the Church of São Miguel received António Pinto Basto and Teresa Tapadas, and Sociedade Boa União received the concert by the Escola de Fado Amador Criativo de Alverca with the voices of Rodrigo Figueira, Beatriz Mamede and Rodrigo Monteiro.
The Dr. Magalhães Lima Cultural Center also received concerts by Rita Guerra and Marta Pereira da Costa, the Igreja de Santo Estevão received Tânia Oleiro and José Geadas, and there were also musical moments at the window, in Largo de São Miguel, with Jorge Silva, José Manuel Rodrigues and Gilberto Silva.