This Sunday the 18th MED Festival ended, on what was the “Open Day”, the day of free entry in which, without the apparatus of the great concerts but with all the multidisciplinarity that so well characterizes the event, visitors had the opportunity to feel a little of the atmosphere that was lived here these days.
Music, cinema, environmental sustainability, street arts, gastronomy, and crafts were the proposals for this day/night, in addition to the main lineup of the three days.
The “Open Day” started with a conference at Casa do Meio Dia, where “Environmental Sustainability in Music Festivals” was discussed. In an initiative that had the APORFEST – Portuguese Association of Music Festivals as a partner and with the moderation of its president, Ricardo Bramão, journalist Catarina Canelas, the vice-rector of the University of the Algarve, Alexandra Teodósio, the singer Viviane, Verónica Guerreiro (Loulé Design Lab) and also the director of the Festival and councilor for the Environment of the Municipality of Loulé, Carlos Carmo.
This constituted a very rich moment of reflection on how this type of event should adapt, framing measures that mitigate the environmental impact and the carbon footprint.
Gastronomy followed. The cloisters of Convento Espírito Santo, the space where MED Jazz operated during the festival days, became an open-air kitchen to host cooking workshops. With Tertúlia Algarvia and Associação In Loco as partners, the idea was to promote the preparation of dishes directly linked to the Mediterranean Diet, whether in the use of local products and framed in this type of food, or in the way food is cooked. This is, moreover, an element that has been present in the MED for several years, and, once again, it had an audience that appreciates these flavors that are born from this Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
The MED Classic left the Igreja de S. Francisco – where its program MED Jazz took place this year – to install itself on the Main Stage on this day. Here, the public had the opportunity to witness the best that the Loulé Music Conservatory “Professor Francisco Rosado” has given to the region’s culture and the fruits of the work developed there. The MED Festival presented the performances of the Loulé Flute Ensemble and the Wind and Percussion Orchestra of this institution. A moment when the most erudite music invaded the stage where, on previous nights, cumbia, reggae bands, or DJs played
On the “survivor” Palco Castelo, the African sounds of Guinean musician Remna Schwarz sounded. After being in a showcase during the Festival’s presentation, in 2019, at Capitólio, in Lisbon, it was supposed that the following year he would perform at MED. However, the pandemic postponed this concert but Remna’s desire to show his work as a musician did not dissipate and, on this night, he had a performance consistent with the artistic quality that was seen throughout the festival, on all stages, in others. protagonists.
The last chapter of this 18th edition was in charge of another musician, Tó Trips, who had the task of putting music to the film “Surdina”, the 2020 film directed by Rodrigo Areias. In the intimate Cinema MED space, many wanted to not only watch the film but also the virtuosity of the ex-Dead Combo who, once again, performed in Loulé and at the MED Festival.
The “Open Day” was attended by many people from Loulé, but also by some tourists who are on vacation in the Algarve, who took the opportunity to stroll through the city’s Historic Area, enjoy the handicrafts and taste the gastronomic variety, enjoying, at the same time, of diverse cultural proposals.