With this year being the 170th anniversary of the birth of Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro and the centenary of the museum created in his honour, we are taking his irreverent outlook as an inspiration for activities that promise to cause a stir in June, the month of the Festas de Lisboa festival.
The choice is varied and the programme eclectic: from the more contemporary, the viewpoint installations as part of CRIAR Lisboa for example, to the revival of traditions with centuries of history, such as the St. Anthony thrones.
This year also marks another anniversary, as EGEAC celebrates its 20th year. To mark the occasion and give something back to Lisbon, which gives us so much, we challenged 20 illustrators and 20 writers to shed some light on their city: the Guia Ver e Ler Lisboa (The Lisbon guidebook) will be launched on 8 June, and during the festival the people of Lisbon will be able to tour the city with their favourite author.
On 10 June, we extend an open invitation to humorously deconstruct our Portugueseness: we are marking Portugal Day with the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra and a performance of “Deixem o Pimba em Paz” [Leave Pimba in Peace], which transforms the national heritage that is pimba music into songs that nobody will be ashamed to sing; it will be a post-modern version of this guilty pleasure.
With the European Football Championship coming around again, we are reminded that some traditions are like teams: when you have a winning formula, there is no need to make changes. This is the case with the Marchas Populares parades, which this year will be blending its popular flavour with the work of Bordalo Pinheiro in what promises to be a vehement combination.
We we also be returning to Lisbon’s ancient shops with another edition of Teatro das Compras, where we invite you to (re)discover the traditional commerce of the Baixa Pombalina neighbourhood, with three new authors writing texts especially for these historic stores.
Fado has always had a special place in this marriage of modernity and tradition and it is for this reason that we will once again be bringing it to one of the city’s most evocative sites: São Jorge Castle.
The sardines will again add their unique colour to the festival. This year’s winners were chosen by five noteworthy judges from a record number of entrants spread across 70 countries.
This year is also special for another reason, marking 50 years since the 25 de Abril Bridge first brought the two banks of the Tagus closer together. We are taking advantage of its symbolic status to reinforce other bridges – not only over the river, but between people.
As such, we will be bringing the festival to a close by the river with a farewell concert from one of the city’s most emblematic bands, Buraka Som Sistema, who have been responsible for bringing Lisbon to the world. You are more than welcome to embark on this journey with us!
EGEAC Board of Directors