Portugal National Day
Portuguese know how to honour their artists. Indeed, their national day, 10 of June, celebrates the memory of Luís de Camões, a Portuguese poet from the Renaissance who died in 1580. On this occasion, let’s take a look at some classical music festivals that will take place in Portugal in 2022.
24 June - 16 December 2022
Since 1975, Estoril Lisbon Festival showcases very prestigious names of classical music as much as it contributes to the diffusion of new values and recent creations. This committed stance has been manifested through more than three hundred works presented for the first time in Portugal, many of which in world premieres, including orchestras, chamber ensembles, choirs, and soloists, ranging from early and traditional music to dance. The festival highlights the relationship between the rich architectural and musical heritage as the performances take place in historic churches, theatres, and auditoriums.
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02 April - 22 October 2022
Terras sem Sombra Festival promotes the Alentejo territory through three key dimensions of its memory: song, patrimony, and biodiversity. As the organisers have their heart set on decentralising the cultural and artistic offer in low-density territories, the festival is itinerant. The programme includes concerts of classical music, master classes, conferences, visits to cultural heritage and actions to safeguard biodiversity, all of which are free of charge. Festivities started on 2 April and will run until 22 October!
01 July - 06 August 2022
For more than 25 years now, Cistermúsica Festival gather cultural heritage and novelties from young music talents. It explores with great intelligence and success the boundaries of tradition, perfectly applying its motto “A classic for all!”. The “Junior and Families” section promotes the formation of new audiences, raising their awareness of the study, enjoyment and appreciation of the arts. The “Outros Mundos” programme favors the intersection of music with other artistic expressions. People of all age will definitely enjoy their time at Cistermúsica Festival for sure!
22 July - 31 July 2022
Panorama lovers, here is your perfect programme. Imagine you are at the summit of the highest mountain south of the Tagus, in the walled town of Marvão. The peaceful horizon and the magical atmosphere are exalted with classical music played by talented performers from all sides of the world. Well, this dream was the internationally renowned German conductor Christoph Poppen’s dream and can be yours: it’s the Marvão Internacional Music Festival.
Kids-friendly music festivals
As the World Music Day (21 June) is celebrated everywhere, you start looking at festivals’ dates and think “I wish I could go but I can’t with my kids…”. Well, you shouldn’t! Many festivals include the whole family in their programme, organising activities for all ages. So come together and you will have just as much fun as they will!
Every year on 9 May, European citizens celebrate Europe Day. This day commemorates the historic ‘Schuman declaration’, signed on 9 May 1950. Let’s zoom in on some of the festivals that emerged after World War II and that continue to play a very important role today.