50 Years of April 25: Paint the Town Red in 2024!

Atlas shares our top picks of exhibits, workshops, parties, and fireworks this April— in anticipation of the 25th of April's 50th anniversary.

The 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution and the fall of the Estado Novo is upon us, and Portugal’s already celebrating. From exhibits and workshops to parties and fireworks, this city will be even more lively than usual this April.

If you don’t know what all the fuss is about the 25th of April, you can read all about it here, starting with the famous 4:20 a.m. radio broadcast

Zeca Afonso: Grândola – Vila Morena. Required listening for the 25th of April.

Meanwhile, here are some ways to get into the spirit of things:

ALL MONTH: EGEAC is hosting its annual Festas de Abril, but this year they’re turning things up a notch with various galleries around town exhibiting photographs from April 25, 1974, sound pieces, and red carnation plantations, among other installastions. 

FROM APRIL 1: For those of you who like to keep things more on the literary side, check out the Casa Fernando Pessoa April 1 to 26. Read more here about the poetry workshops, tours based on Pessoa’s texts on censorship, radio reading sessions, listening parties, and more. 

FROM APRIL 4: The Museu de Aljube is hosting an exhibition that’s meant to be a journey through resistance, and on April 20 and 21, from 15h to 22h, they are offering free entry to dance through the exhibit while several DJs lay the soundtrack. Not-so-fun fact: This museum was used as a political prison from 1928 to 1965 by the Estado Novo regime, but don’t let that ruin all the fun.

APRIL 6: The Church of Santo António de Lisboa will kick off its first organ cycle, which will continue on the first Saturday of each month throughout 2024. The organ may be from 1872, but artistic director Sérgio Silva plans to make these performances a little more modern. Not into organs? Check out this Candlelight Concert at the Altis Grand Hotel…they’re playing orchestral arrangements of ABBA. Go on — take a chance. 

APRIL 7: What better way to know where you are than to discover where you’ve been? Teatro Romano is inviting attendees to become archeologists for an hour and a half in their family-friendly Archeology of Things workshop. 

FROM APRIL 12: The Cinema São Jorge does its annual Italian Film Festival from April 12 to 21. Check out what’s playing here! We had Salazar, they had Mussolini, so it’s important that we stick together. And what better way to do that than through film? 

APRIL 14, 21, 25, and 28: Head up to São Jorge Castle from 10h to 12h, where you and your family can learn to make paper carnations as part of an aggressive campaign to paint the castle red and scatter messages of freedom throughout. Find out more here.  

APRIL 18: Unleash your inner Paula Rego at this Paint n’ Sip workshop in Belem. All supplies will be provided, wine will be flowing, and you’ll be encouraged to meet, mingle, and make artistic magic.  

APRIL 19: Check out the last session of Mostra Films in Alcântara at 21h as they screen a set of amateur films about the 25th of April 1974, by various directors, followed by a conversation with Rui Táboas, José Diogo Gonçalves, José Balbino, and Ezequiel Silva — all of whom lived and filmed the Carnation Revolution.

APRIL 24: Lisbon’s City Hall has arranged some pretty epic visits, concerts, and fireworks to celebrate this milestone. At 20h, “An Idea of the Future” concert will kick off in Praça do Comércio, with performances from the Orquestra Sinfonietta de Lisboa, the Choir of Santo Amaro de Oeiras, the Choir of the Artistic School of the Instituto Gregoriano de Lisboa, and several soloists, in a total of 180 songs. If you’d prefer a smaller crowd, head over to the CCB Belém for a collective artist performance entitled “The Fight Goes On.”

APRIL 25:  The doors of the Town Hall at Praça Município will be open for visitors from 10h to 18h. It’s free and no reservations are necessary — just walk right in. Starting at 22h, head over to Terreiro do Paço for a colorful videomapping display, with photographs by Alfredo Cunha and music by Rodrigo Leão — these tend to be excellent, and a great way to wrap up the festivities.

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