Whatever your take on organized religion, most people seem to agree that Jesus was pretty cool. But the guy who baptized Jesus? Well, that guy is Saint John the Baptizer cool. And John, as it happens, was born on none other than this day some 19 centuries ago. So, happy holy day to those celebrating! If you happen to be in Porto, you’re in for some more heavy celebrations of the holy kind this weekend.
Back here in Lisbon, however, the people have had their fill of annual sainthood fun, and the town is now in full bloom for Pride Week 2022 — so happy happy to those celebrating too! Meanwhile, here’s just some cultural goodness of every variety happening around town tonight and onwards:
Festival da Tailândia em Lisboa hits Belém this afternoon for three days of food, concerts, handicrafts, sports, workshops, and all sorts of outdoor Thai-style fun for the whole family. Entry is free.
Meanwhile, Bairro em Festa 2022 hit Intendente, Anjos, Pena, and Arroios earlier this week, and its last three days offer a full weekend of indoor and outdoor exhibitis, concerts, workshops, films, and more, all within walking distance from each other, and most of them free.
Arraial Lisboa Pride 2022 hits Praça do Comércio tomorrow afternoon, after a two-year hiatus, for 10 hours of music, dancing, food and drink, talks, and all sorts of fun celebrating diversity, equality, and inclusion. It’s free to attend.
And tomorrow night, four local musicians making some serious improvisational noise around town since 2017, aka the Alessio Vellotti Group, come to Camones CineBar to present to you some jazz, funk, Latin music, and blues, with “some ethnic and folkloric elements” (and, of course, improvisation). Entry is 5€.
ANOTHER CROSS-CULTURAL FESTIVAL:
This Saturday and Sunday, Núcleo A70 and Humans Before Borders invite you to Festival Passagens — “a festival about migration” that features two afternoons and evenings of international concerts, Neplai, Bangladeshi, and Palestinian food, and debates in both English and Portuguese. Entry is free.
Now through Jul 30
SOLO ART EXHIBIT:
Local multimedia artist Pedro Henriques’ Futuro sem mãos (“Future without hands”) invites you to observe some images-objects that “are fugitive from reality, where the manual and the manufactured are confused, not by levity, but with certainty.” The opening was yesterday, but the show is on view for another five weeks, free of charge.
Now through Dec 11
And, finally, today and for the rest of this year, you’re invited to travel a century back in time — to “a time of transformations of customs and mentalities, a time of cosmopolitanism and modernity, of social and individual affirmation” — in Museu de Lisboa – Palácio Pimenta’s The Roaring Twenties in Lisbon exhibit. Entry is 3€.
See our full calendar of events for what else is on around town now and later.
Happy Holidays to all involved, and be excellent to each other!