Lagos will start the month of May with the 10th Festival dos Descobrimentos, a historical recreation program that will animate the city during five days, involving the participation of the school community, the cultural associations of the municipality, cultural and artistic agents and many other entities, natural partners of this organization. For the Municipality this is one of the most emblematic initiatives of the strategy of affirming the positioning, “Lagos dos Descobrimentos”, that aims to capitalize on this historical and cultural legacy.
On May 1st the programme starts with two guided tours. The first one will explain, through the visit to the Caravel Boa Esperança, the technical questions that allowed the discovery trips to take place. In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to visit the place where the goods arrived in the town of Lagos in the first half of the 15th century and all the commerce that was generated around it.
“Os 600 anos da descoberta da ilha da Madeira” (The 600th anniversary of the discovery of the island of Madeira) is the main theme, not only in the scientific activities included in the Festival – such as the conference and exhibition to be inaugurated on May 2nd in the Old Town Hall – but also in the many moments of animation that will be presented.
The Historical Parade, on May 3rd, starting at 2:30pm, is the high point of the program, creating a human frame that usually fills the entire Avenida dos Descobrimentos, directing the many hundreds of extras and the public to the fairgrounds, in Praça do Infante and Jardim da Constituição, where for three days there will be music, dance, theatre and fire shows, living statues and street animation.
Do not miss, on Sunday night, May 5th, the opportunity to watch the videommaping show that will be projected on the walls next to the old pier. The film tells us the history of Lagos, inviting the public to travel from the first vestiges of human occupation, through the maritime expansion to the present day.
This is an initiative promoted by Vicentina – Association for the Development of the Southwest, in partnership with the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve, Algarve Tourism Region, Municipality of Aljezur, Municipality of Monchique, Municipality of Lagos, Municipality of Silves, Municipality of Vila do Bispo and the Cultural Association LAC – Creative Activities Laboratory.
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