Year round Lisbon is buzzing with a calendar of events that range from cultural festivals, films, food, wine, music and art, to centuries old religious celebrations, there is no shortage of exciting things to do with your spare time.
fado, fado everywhere!
A unique Portuguese music genre which can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal, but with much earlier origins. This form of song is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade which symbolizes the feeling a permanent and irreparable loss, and its consequent life lasting damage. Amalia Rodrigues, Carlos do Carmo, Mariza, Mafalda Arnauth, and Cristina Branco are amongst the most famous individuals associated with the genre. A visit to Lisbon would not be complete without experiencing a Fado concert. In the last decade many new Fado venus have sprung up around the city, offering an evening of food and music that range from over-priced tourist-traps to authentic performances halls and traditional cuisine. The best way to have a wonderfully-sad Fado experience is to ask your Lisbon Explorer guide. They can direct you to a place for locals that meets your interests, itinerary and budget.
A free monthly cultural guide to Lisbon which is printed in English, Spanish and Portuguese. You can pick up a copy at many bars around town, or at the “Ask Me Lisboa?” tourist information office in Praca do Comercio. Besides their descriptions of local events, this colorful guide also has an enormous list of restaurants, museums, accommodations and basic visitor information. You can download the most recent copy by visiting this link.
concert listings are available from a variety of websites, but SongKick.com is one place where you can buy tickets online for small concerts at clubs and international performers in theaters and stadiums.
what’s happening in lisbon during your visit?
The city of Lisbon lists a small number of art exhibitions, one time events and regional cultural info on their website. It is by no means a comprehensive list of whats happening in the city.
the gulbenkian foundation
An impressive music series with performers of critical acclaim outside of mainstream music circles. Indie rock rebels from countries around the world, world music, jazz, classical, you name it, they have it. Catch performances in an intimate venue with names like Souad Massi, Arvo Part and Artur Pizarro just to name a few.
Avenida de Berna, 45-A
Tue. to Fri. 9.00 to 17.00 and Sat. 10.00 to 17.00 (Closed Mondays)
Free on Sundays before 14.00
Phone: 217 823 000
Music Series: www.musica.gulbenkian.pt
centro cultural de belém (CCB)
A private foundation of public interest, it brings the production and hosting of cultural events, from theatre to dance, from classical music to jazz, from opera to cinema. See whats happening in English during your visit by visiting their website.
Av. da Índia até à Praça do Império
Phone: 213 612 400
cinemateca portuguesa, museu do cinema - portuguese cinema museum
This hidden gem of a museum has a theater that shows Portuguese and International films. From classic cinema to cutting edge indie films, they show it all and their program is worth checking out while in Lisbon. Inside you will also find temporary exhibitions, a bookshop, cafe and a restaurant.
Rua Barata Salgueiro, 39
Phone: 213 596 200
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