Algarve – festivals and fairs

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Over the next two weeks Algarve continues to host many events. We check in on a few festivals and fairs taking place in Lagos, Faro and Castro Marim.

Feira Kriativa 5.0 – Faro

Starting on August 24, this week-long extravaganza of concerts, cinema screenings, immersive exhibitions, gastronomic delights and much more.

The organisers have revealed a lineup of activities, including a special extension of the event to Faro’s dock area, alongside other engaging events centred around the Associação Recreativa e Cultural de Músicos.

The opening concert, scheduled for the opening day, will showcase a performance by Afghan musician Fazel Ustad.

Fazel Ustad is an artist and teacher who sought refuge in Portugal after persecution and censorship in Afghanistan, his native country.

Running until August 27th, the festival will also feature a drawing and painting exhibition by artist Elisabeth Ribeiro and an Inflatable Cinema project will show short films for both children and adults in the Manuel Bivar Gardens (Jardim Manuel Bivar).

The festival offers a dedicated week celebrating culture, artistic expression, and music.

Located primarily in the historic centre of the city, entrance to the festival will be €5. Performances will start at 7pm each day.

Medieval Days – Castro Marim

If you missed Silves’ medieval fair do not despair. Castro Marim will host its annual medieval Days (Dias Medieval) from August 23 to 27.

Set against the backdrop of the town’s castle, this event has gained renown for its vibrant street performances and captivating medieval horseback tournaments.

It also showcases handicrafts from across Portugal and offers the opportunity to enjoy a royal medieval banquet.

Visitors will find themselves immersed in a bustling marketplace with numerous stalls offering a diverse array of Medieval-themed merchandise.

Tickets for Dias Medievais are available each day, from 3pm, locally at the event’s ticket offices.

The festival starts at 6pm and continues until midnight. Ticket prices range from €4 to €60, depending on the age of the visitor and which part of the festival they want to visit (street fair, castle, Forte de São Sebastião, king’s banquet). Tickets can also be bought online.

Nights on the Pier continues – Lagos

Lagos is gearing up to host the second Noites no Cais (Nights on the Pier) event, a summer music festival scheduled for September 1 and 2.

The event will feature two concerts set against the backdrop of the historic walls of Lagos and the Cais das Descobertas (Discoveries Pier).

On Friday, September 1, a fusion of Portugal’s traditional Fado music and contemporary dance will take centre stage.

The Quorum Ballet company will present their performance titled ‘Correr o Fado’, which the organisers say serves as a tribute to the most iconic of Fado melodies, shedding light on its wistful and melancholic associations.

The Portuguese artist Maro will sing and play on September 2.

She will be joined on stage by skilled Catalan guitarists, Darío Barroso and Pau Figueres, collaborators on her latest album ‘hortelã’.

The two-day event takes place in the Cais das Descobertas, an historic setting.

Tickets, €5 for each show and a special pass for both days at just €8, are available online at Fnac and Worten or directly from the venue.

The event is open from 5pm with both shows starting at 9.30pm.

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