Archive for October, 2019

The Polish painter who fell in love with the Algarve

Oct 31 2019 Published by under Local News,What's happening

We met with Polish artist Kinga Subicka in her current hometown Tavira, in a café facing the Gilão River.

Kinga Subicka, an attentive eye and a friendly smile, found in painting a way of expressing herself. With an arts-oriented curriculum, she left her home country in 2005 on the way to Belgium. She lived in Britain and Brazil, but it was in Tavira, Algarve, that she found her second home. She has been living here for eight years. Mother of two children and cats (as she mentions), Kinga Subicka found in teaching a way of changing the world, by passing to their students the values of the art and painting world.

Kinga had several solo exhibitions in Portugal under her name. She has also participated in projects with local associations such as Armação do Artista, “Partilha Alternativa”, the Polish Embassy in Lisbon and 365 Algarve. With a remarkable résumé, she was invited to exhibit at the Palácio da Galeria, in Tavira, and currently has the exhibition “Imagens Revisitadas/Revisited Images” at Casa Artesis as part of the festival “Álvaro de Campos Birthday Party”. Ms Subicka represented Poland at the Symposium on Contemporary Art in Guarda (SIAC4) dedicated to Portuguese poet Sophia de Mello Breyner. She will also represent Portugal at the Transfrontier Fair of Contemporary Art in Gibraleón, Spain.

Kinga with one of her paintings.

AP: “You lived in the four corners of the Globe, why Tavira?”

KS: “Sometimes we think we have reached our destination, and we figure out that we are totally wrong. It was the twists and turns of life. I had a moment in my life when I needed to think about the right way to go. I discovered the Algarve and decided to come only for a month to refresh my thoughts and gain distances. In a month I managed to solve many things and ended up staying here, it’s been 8 years.

Art is present every day in our lives, but it doesn’t always have the desired support. Kinga has represented Portugal and Poland internationally, often without monetary support.

AP: “Have you had any support during these symposiums and exhibitions?”

KS: “The symposium was supported, but not everyone has it. There is a whole work behind that people don’t know. Each time we make a new exhibition we have to pick it up, buy paints, paintings, and it’s not always easy, even the transports, we need to pay. I even had exhibitions with the Polish embassy and even with the intention of representing Poland in Portugal, and all the success it had, the support was scarce. Maybe if companies or patrons started investing, creating partnerships would be a help. We have to open more doors to the world of arts

Exhibition at Palácio da Galeria, Tavira

Maybe if companies or patrons started investing, creating partnerships would be a help. We have to open more doors to the world of arts .”

AP: “Who is your audience?”

KS: “It’s hard to say, usually art lovers don’t have a specific age, but there could be younger people. For example, I’m part of Armação do Artista Association, and I hope one day our place will be ready to receiving public and become a centre of art, I think it will be a good start. Also, I usually paint live at Casa André Pilarte where I make exhibitions and paint at the same time for people.”

Kinga’s work is inspired by the human figure, emotions and what remains ‘inside and we put out’. She explained to The Algarve Post that even though she draws the human figure, she doesn’t like to draw realistic figures. According to Ms Subicka, “each theme it’s different and so our connection changes from theme to theme. There is always a red line in all my paintings. The hardest thing is getting to the first brushstroke, then everything flows.

I feel that, as a resident, the Algarve has turned a lot to mass tourism and ends up forgetting who lives here and this often becomes limiting and frustrating for those who want to stay here

Kingas’s work is characterized by the red line. Her art is inspired by folk, cultures, travel, emotions, human being and motherhood.

AP: “What is your biggest reference?

KS: “Picasso!

AP: “And your favourite Portuguese artist?

KS: “Paula Rêgo!

Kinga chose Portugal to host her art however when asked if she considered Portuguese art lovers, she answered us, “with a smirk that there could and should be more. But we are the result of the society we live in, and with the internet, everything is now digital. Sometimes I’m even afraid to put pictures on the internet because people use them, and they don’t even realize what this means for an artist.

AP: “Is there a big Polish community in Portugal?

KS: “For the last 8 years, we have been growing. I think most of them, at least in the Algarve, live between Portimão and Albufeira, but I’m a busy mother, I don’t have much time… ”(laughs).

AP: “Does the Algarve inspire you?

KS: “I really like Tavira Island and nature here. I always stay on the island in September, by the way, my most recent exhibition at Álvaro de Campos was made on the Island, with a gas camping, a tent, a table and good to go. However, I feel that, as a resident, the Algarve has turned a lot to mass tourism and ends up forgetting who lives here and this often becomes limiting and frustrating for those who want to stay here. But of course, the light, the tiles, inspire me very much. Tavira has a special flair!

Kinga is based in Tavira, in the Eastern Algarve

‘Don’t you want to go back to Poland?”

“Leave our land and never be resident in a place. Our life becomes a puzzle as if we left parts of us scattered around. We live with permanent longing.

AP: “What would you say to young artists who want to try their luck in Portugal?”

KS: “ What I always tell my students… If you can’t live without art, like air, you should fly! But it is a complicated path, of course. In Portugal, France, Poland, these are places where we can make progress. There are places in Portugal like Guarda, for example, that wants to be the capital of culture, there you can breathe art.

Kinga Subicka will have exhibit her work at the Artesis Gallery from October 31st. “Autumn Hall: Open for Works”, in Guarda, will be on exhibition until January 9. The Polish artist will be accompanied by other Algarve artists (Krishea Hickman, Isabel Macieira, Jina Nebe, João Ribeiro and Urgelia Santos) as members of the Portuguese committee in Gibraleón.

You can find Kinga’s work here and follow her on Facebook.

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NGO urges Portuguese Government to avoid “environmental disaster” with lithium

Oct 30 2019 Published by under Business,Technology

Environmental NGO Quercus asks the recent Portuguese Government to rethink lithium exploration in the country, in order to avoid an environmental disaster.

The lithium exploration debate in Portugal caught the public attention with the corruption allegations surrounding it. A licence for exploration in Montalegre was awarded to a company created three days before signing the contract. Quercus has emphasised about the importance of listening to the population in the region where the exploration will take place.

“If NGOs, politicians, councillors and people are against, I believe the government has to reconsider”, a Quercus representative said. “We’re hoping the decision of the Secretary of State regarding around 10 new zones of lithium exploration will rather defend the lives of Portuguese people, nature conservation and the value and biodiversity of the interior” said the NGO to the news agency Lusa.

Government decision could avoid an environmental disaster. But Quercus admits being concerned, mainly because the responsible secretary of state for this case has recently been linked to corruption allegations with lithium exploration licenses. His decision will affect thousands of hectares and several towns and villages.

According to Quercus, lithium exploration planned for natural parks and protected areas will have a violent impact on underground water sources, thus affecting homes, businesses and habits. This initiative is the exact opposite of the government’s promised transition to clean and renewable energies.

Economy minister Pedro Siza Vieira has emphasised that the government will protect and respect the environment, but that it must also consume national mineral resources. Siza Vieira is looking to promote a refinery on national soil, ensuring increased profits for all involved.

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First day in Parliament generates discussion on formal wear as advisor wears skirt

Oct 30 2019 Published by under Local News

Livre, a minority party that won its first seat in parliament on the October 6 elections, send a man in a skirt.

Livre’s stylish arrival to parliament on its first day ever put immediately all media platforms discussing the concept of formal wear. The idea for the advisor to MP Joacine Katar Moreira, was to “put in perspective parliament’s masculinity”.

Joacine Katar Moreira, representative of the Livre party, caused a sensation during the campaign not only for her famous stuttering but also for her bright and unconventional proposals in issues such as equality and environment.

Her advisor, former Oxford student Rafael Esteves Pereira, accompanied her on her first day wearing a skirt. News agencies and social media exploded, some accusing him of not being respectful to the parliament and others applauding his courage of defying dress code in politics.

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New Government sworn next week. Find out what Changes in Portugal

Oct 21 2019 Published by under Local News

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will induct Portugal’s Prime Minister António Costa and his Government before the end of the month. After the results of the elections of October 6 the Parliament has reunited for the first time.

After winning the elections, the leader of the Partido Socialista (PS) António Costa will head the 22nd Constitutional Government. During the last four years, Costa and the Socialists led the country with a three-part coalition between them, the Left Bloc and the Communist Party, with valuable majority in the Parliament. Although they won the elections, the PS will lead with a minority Government.

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa wants the government formed in time for the next European Union summit, as Brexit will be once again discussed.


The proposed government, which the president has given his consent, shows that the executive will have a total of nineteen ministers. Costa’s last government, in 2015, was formed by seventeen ministers.

This will be the largest government in the history of democracy in Portugal. It is also the government with most female ministers in history, with eight women in charge. On average, governments had sixteen members.

Rui Rio, the leader of the opposition, and second biggest party, the centre-right Partido Social Democrata (PSD) announced that he is still considering his political future.

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Glasgow and Tavira celebrates Álvaro de Campos birthday

Oct 15 2019 Published by under Lifestyle,What's happening

129 years ago Fernando Pessoa gave birth to his most emotional heteronym, Álvaro de Campos.

Today, 15th of October, the cities of Tavira and Glasgow celebrates the 129 anniversary of Álvaro de Campos, with a recital of poetry and lunar observation, respectively.

In Glasgow, the Álvaro de Campos Exclusive Party starts from 7 pm to 10 pm with the company Cheeky Besom, live at Glasgow Literary Lounge. In Tavira, you can observe the moon with a poetry recital in Praça da República, from 21h00 – both events will be streamed live on Facebook.

The party continues with cake in Casa Álvaro de Campos for a collective celebration. You may also want to bring a poem of yours – or one you like – to read.

October and November also will be dedicated to the poet with exhibitions.

You can visit the exhibitions “The Village of My Childhood” (” A vila da minha infância”), at Museu Casa Fotografia Andrade, “People/Pessoas”, at Casa Álvaro de Campos, “Personae”, at Tavira D’Artes Gallery, “Pessoa(s) from Tavira, at Clube de Tavira, “Revisited Images”, at Artesis Gallery, and “Personal Images”, at A | Nafa.

The exhibition “Campos Obscuros” is today, 15th, at Casa Álvaro de Campos.

In the movies, one of the most awaited moments will be the screening of João Botelho’s “Filme do Desassossego”, a film inspired by the O Livro do Desassossego, which was even written by Bernardo Soares, another heteronym of Fernando Pessoa. The movie will take place on November 17 at 9 pm at Clube de Tavira.

The tribute to Fernando Pessoa’s heteronym doesn’t end here. Teresa Rita Lopes – one of the biggest scholars of Fernando Pessoa -, will be talking on 19 October at Casa Álvaro de Campos at 11:00 am.

Check the full program here.

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Green Energy gets Financial Support in the Algarve

Oct 14 2019 Published by under Business

Four million euros from the Portugal 2020 programme will be directed to the Algarve, with the aim of increasing energy efficiency.

The government announced the distribution of the 101 million euros coming from the Portugal 2020 plan to improve energy efficiency. Of the total amount, 24.5 million euros will go to businesses, 32.5 million euros go to Private Social Solidarity Institutions, 19 million euros for regional councils and 25 million for social housing buildings.

This funding aims to develop rural and poorer areas, and it is distributed accordingly to all the regions in the country. The Algarve receives a total of four million euros. This investment will help improve the Algarve’s energy efficiency, as a part of the National Energy and Climate Plan, promoting the decarbonisation of the economy and the energy transition towards carbon neutrality in the next thirty years.

This programme is based on a model of territorial unity that improves wealth creation and the efficient use of resources. The investment will help companies and municipalities in the installation of more efficient technologies, replacing regular cars with electric or natural gas vehicles, or installing solar panels and other renewable energy sources.

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Verdi’s Masterpiece La Traviata in Faro

Oct 14 2019 Published by under Local News,What's happening

Teatro das Figuras  in Faro hosts Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece opera La Traviata, performed by the company Opera 2001 on Tuesday, November 5.

Featuring one of the most iconic, romantic and tragic scores of all time, Verdi’s work contrasts spectacular party scenes with tender, intimate moments.

La Traviata tells the story of the tragic love between the courtesan Violetta and the romantic Alfredo Germont. Played out against the hypocrisy of upper-class fashionable society, Alfredo and Violetta’s love threatens to shame his family. When his father directly appeals to Violetta to relinquish her one chance of happiness, Violetta submits and her act of self-sacrifice leads to her paying the ultimate price.

Written by Francesco Maria Piave and music composed by Giuseppe Verdi, La Traviata is an acclaimed classic.

This production is a collaboration between Opera 2001, Fundação Pedro Ruivo and Radio TSF.

Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased here.

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Main Dams in the Algarve at less than 30% of their capacity

Oct 10 2019 Published by under Local News

Water shortage becomes a reality and a problem for the region. There is no chance of rain in sight.

Those looking at the greens in a golf course or at avocado plantations might be fooled: the Algarve is suffering a serious drought. The warm days and the lack of rain are seriously affecting the water reserves in the region. The two main dams that supply water to the region, Odeleite and Odelouca, are at a daunting 27 and 22% of their capacity.

Odeleite dam is oriented toward personal and agricultural uses, in the last sixty years, it has never been so empty. Trees in the region are drying up, and people depending on agriculture to survive are worried: “carob trees don’t give enough carobs. Figs are small and weak” says Henrique, a resident living Santa Margarida.

Plantations simply cannot stand the dry conditions. The usage of water for industries and intense monocultures such as avocado plantations are drying up the land. Not only rain is needed, but also proper management of resources.

Even though the Estate guarantees water until the end of the year, in some regions the drought effects are already on sight. In the Algarvian hills, Castro Marim, Alcoutim and Martinlongo, trucks from the Municipality go around supplying water to those more isolated. Wells and streams which were once frequently used are completely dried.

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Weather: autumn still out of sight. Portugal remains with high temperatures

Oct 07 2019 Published by under Local News

Two weeks after the beginning of autumn, weather reports still show high temperatures in most regions of the country. The Algarve will have highs of 29 degrees Celsius.

Warm weather will not leave the Algarve any time soon. Temperatures for this weekend in Faro remain steady at highs of 29 degrees Celsius with lows of 17. Eventual clouds will most likely clear by Tuesday. As expected, there is no chance of rain all week.

Lisbon and the centre region will have it a little bit colder this weekend, with highs of 23 degrees Celsius. Nevertheless, temperatures will be on the up again after Sunday and will rise up to 29 degrees by the middle of the week.

A slight chance of rain in Porto and some hazy clouds will keep the average temperatures at 23 with lows reaching 13 degrees Celsius in the North.

Warm weather will not leave the Algarve any time soon. Temperatures for this weekend in Faro remain steady at highs of 29 degrees Celsius with lows of 17. Eventual clouds will most likely clear by Tuesday. As expected, there is no chance of rain all week.

Lisbon and the centre region will have it a little bit colder this weekend, with highs of 23 degrees Celsius. Nevertheless, temperatures will be on the up again after Sunday and will rise up to 29 degrees by the middle of the week.

A slight chance of rain in Porto and some hazy clouds will keep the average temperatures at 23 with lows reaching 13 degrees Celsius in the North.

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Frederico Silva is the winner of the 2019 Tavira Tennis Open The Portuguese Tennis player Frederico Silva is the champion of the Tavira

Oct 07 2019 Published by under Local News

Tennis Open 2019 in Singles, after beating the French Alexandre Muller 6-2, 6-1. The second edition of the tournament ended last Sunday, with Frederico Silva (nº 240 on the ATP ranking) beating by 6-2, 6-1 the French Alexandre Muller (239 ATP). This is the second edition of the tournament. Last year, João Monteiro was the winner. With a total prize money of 25 thousand dollars, the Tavira Tennis Open awards 20 ranking points to the champion. “This win is very important to me” Silva said at the ceremony awards. “These ATP points will allow me to play at the Australia Open in 2020.”

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