Momentous Eventus: Spirit of Spring Edition

“In all the universe nothing remains permanent and unchanged but the spirit.” Anton Chekhov, "The Seagull."

Sun is shining, the weather is sweet, in two days the Russians celebrate 76 years since they saved the world from nazis, and the spirit of Lisbon seems to be steadily returning to the new normal. There’s plenty happening around town, event-wise, and here are just a few things that caught our eye for this weekend and onwards.


This Saturday morning (May 8), you’re invited to walk off that hangover on one of the city’s biggest and oldest suppliers of drinking water and engineering landmarks with Caminhando’s tour of the Aqueduct of Águas Livres. Bring your own water though.


Speaking of curing hangovers, wanna see a life-sized puppet of a human interpreting Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull, or follow Pinocchio into the belly of a whale, or check out a life-sized puppet version of Moby Dick, for that matter, hundreds of other puppets and wonderfully weird stuff for the whole family? Well, FIMFA Lx21 — aka the 21st edition of Lisbon’s International Festival of Puppets and Animated Forms — is back to real life this year, and it’s happening now through May 23.


If books are more your thing, then check out Lisboa 5L — a five-day festival celebrating the art of the written word, both local and international, that’s happening in a number of Lisbon’s bookstores, libraries, theaters, and outdoors as well, now through May 9.


The closest Lisbon will ever come to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is Alcântara’s notorious culture and fashion hub LX Factory. And this week, one of its adjacent restaurants, cultural space, and co-conspirator in hipness Village Underground Lisboa, is celebrating seven years under the Lisbon sun. Art, circus, food, music, and generally artisanally cool stuff are on the agenda, online and off, with Saturday (May 8) being the culmination of the celebrations.


As evidenced by the countless UberEats- and Glovo-nauts wandering the streets of planet Earth in recent years, geography is a dying art. However, if you and/or your kids still want to know how the not-Google-version of a map works, then the Fundação Portuguesa das Comunicações (and its museum) invites you to Labyrinth of Maps — an interactive journey to help you find your and your fellow humans’ place in the world. It’s happening every Saturday through May 29, from 14h to 18h, free of charge.


Speaking of geographical labyrinths, physically journeying to and from Russia will sadly be increasingly improbable in the coming years. However, if you want to go there using your ears, then the Gulbenkian Orchestra invites you to Journey to Russia this Russian Victory Day — Sunday, May 9 — with some Prokofiev and Glinka, at 12h and 17h, for 10€.


And, finally, if you’ve been itching for some art, music, craft beer, food, second-hand clothes, and first-hand merry, Arroz Estúdios invites you to FINALMENTE — the triumphant return of its weekly Domingos no Arroz series, this Sunday (May 9), at 14h, for 3€ (which you exchange for some tokens to be spent on the now very starving artists* there).
*Word on the street is that this humble Atlas events coordinator, illustrator, very starving artist, and other will be there too, selling some old fish and new art; you don’t have to give him all your tokens, but, seeing as it’s Russian Victory Day and all, we trust you’ll do the right thing.

See our full calendar of events for more cultural goings-on in the coming weeks and months, but continue to check with the organizers before venturing out, because.. well, you know.
Happy Victory Day, everybody.
Stay safe, stay sane.

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