From 14th February to 4th March - This cycle of romantic music includes four concerts and introductory speeches
The Portuguese guitar or guitarra portuguesa has twelve steel strings, And, for all Portuguese it is forever associated with Fado. It dates back to the beginning of Portugal in the 12th century, and lovingly called the "banza" went with Portuguese sailors around the world. Not surprisingly, it has undergone considerable modification in the centuries - and makes a sound like no other instrument.
The Portuguese among us? There are lots of famous Americans of Portuguese lineage. From Katy Perry to Jonny Gomes:
The introduction of the ukulele is credited to Madeira wood workers Manuel Nunes, Augusto Dias and José do Espírito Santo, who came to the Islands in 1879. The Hawaiian Gazette in August 1879 reported "Madeira Islanders recently arrived here have been delighting the people with nightly street concerts…their strange instruments, which are a kind of cross between a guitar and banjo."
“Arquipélago” – an Azores Center for Contemporary Arts will open in 2015. The former alcohol distilling factory in Ribeira Grande, Sao Miguel, will be transformed into “Arquipélago” - Center for Contemporary Art that is scheduled to open in 2015.
The annual music festival Maré de Agosto, on the island of Santa Maria, Azores, will run this year from August 21 to the 23. The festival, one of the oldest of the kind in the Azores, is celebrating its 30th year. And it will be help, as usual, on the sandy beach of Praia Formosa.
Walk &Talk Azores 2014-the International Festival of Public Art will return to the Azores
Visiting Lisbon means a visit to a Fado house
By the 1950s, Fado was well established in its present form, with more than a dozen "Fado houses" becoming late-night meeting places in the Bairro Alto section of Lisbon. Celebrated in film and on records, Fado had arrived.
The cantares ao desafio is a fun tradition where two men, and more and more a man and a woman, take to an improvised poetic battle in song, have to be inspired and reply based on the verses of the other person.