Well, it’s that time of year again when many Lisbon residents of the ex-pat and/or having traveled variety start missing cities that believe in central heating, Chekhov or no Chekhov… However, while temperatures are dropping, Lisbon culture seems to be on the rise, as evidenced by our full calendar of events, for example; in it, you’re sure to find a few ways to help you feel warm and fuzzy, at least on the inside, now and for the rest of the year. Here are a few happenings for this weekend and onwards that made us smile, for example:
“At the intersection of sound, art & science” is the slogan for Eufonia: Sound Circuits, which hits various locations throughout Lisbon this Friday for three days of talks, workshops, installations, screenings, performances, sound walks, and more.
A Portuguese director and actress team up to bring you the second play in a trilogy based onsaid director’s life and inspired by, respectively, a character from Anton Chekhov’s most famous story in Portugal, Brazilian-Ukrainian writer Clarice Lispector, andCharlie Chaplin. And so, Rita Calçada Basto’ presents Carla Maciel in Eu Sou Clarice at Teatro São Luiz for three more nights. You’ll need some Portuguese and 12€ for this one.
Oct 22 (and 28,29)
GROUP PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT:
In the last two years, there were times when it felt like the city of Lisbon had no people in it and, therefore, didn’t feel like a city at all. A Cidade Sem Pessoas Não é Cidade at Curious Monkey brings together 11 photographers to remind us of what makes a city a city, and it’s on view Thursdays and Fridays until the end of the month, free of charge.
SOLO PORTRAIT EXHIBIT:
Chilean-born and Lisbon-based geography student and self-taught artist Patricio Bucho’s new solo Transeuntes de lo cotidiano also touches on the theme of the city and its inhabitants — with the simple philosophy that “all everyday lives deserve a drawing.” It’s on view daily until Halloween, also for free.
This Saturday, Fábrica Braço de Prata presents their Afrábrica Festival. And while we’re still not sure whether this is a clever title for an event, we do know that it promises 11 hours of food, workshops, market stalls, massage and sound healing sessions, a fashion show, an art exhibition, DJs, six live concerts, and a fire show — all in celebration of African culture. Tickets are 15€.
INDOOR DAY MARKET:
The one and only Lisbon-renowned Anjos70 Art & Fleamarket is back this weekend (and likely a few more weekends this year) to say goodbye to the space that one of the hippest organizations in the country has occupied for nearly a decade. As always, expect vintage fashion, vintage and non-vintage art, alternative, ecological, handcrafted, beauty and hygiene products, good and other vibes, food, music, and craft beer. Entry is free.
Planta A Palavra at Prisma Estúdio is a four-hour multimedia, multi-artist collaboration sprouting from a week-long artistic residency in the middle of nowhere central Portugal and highlighting “the power of voice through spoken word surrounded by ambient soundscapes.” You can hear and see it this Sunday eve, free of charge.
OUTDOOR NIGHT MARKET:
Night Stories Market at Doca da Marinha simply describes itself as a “new night market in Lisbon that brings together street food, independent brands, music, and culture.” Its final edition is happening next Thursday eve,until 1h30 Friday morning. Bring a sweater.
Stay warm, dear Lisbon, and try and stay happy too.
Because winter is indeed coming…