Momentous Eventus: Sauntering Summer Edition

"Excessive (population) growth may reduce output per worker, repress levels of living for the masses, and engender strife." Confucius.

It finally seems that summer, having taken its sweet-ass time this year, has sprung here in Lisbon. And while, unlike last year, there’s now no visible end in sight to the overwhelming influx of tourists (and the subsequently looming housing and general infrastructure crises), the city has not completely imploded in on itself quite yet. Moreover, the sun is shining, the weather is sweet, coronavirus is basically the flu now, and, therefore, there’s once again a healthy mix of both local and international culture to check out all over town. Here’s just some of it for tonight and onwards:

July 8-9
Tonight, late-night hotspot that refuses to be gentrified Damas presents Diáspora with DJs Didi and Lil Bukkake (and art by ROD). Come enjoy some afro beat, baile funk, r&b, and afro house in this “celebration beyond the sea on the dance floor, without distinction of gender or movement” until the wee hours of the morning. Entry is 5€.

July 8-10
And starting tonight, Fábrica Oitava Colina presents Swing Cigano, aka their version of Lisbon’s eternal paying of tribute to the one and only Django Reinhard, aka three evenings of swing, gypsy, and manouche jazz by six local bands with lots and lots of some of Lisbon’s finest craft beer to boot. Entry is free.

July 9-10
As most of the city’s local 2022 arraials fade from memory, Arraial do México na Ajuda hits Largo da Paz tomorrow afternoon. In it, for two days and nights, a bunch of local Mexicans invite you to once again party with some “music, arts and crafts, dancing, gastronomy, and workshops to share our culture.” Entry is free.

July 10
This Sunday eve, legendary Canadian singer, songwriter, and actor (who turns 72 in 20 days) Paul Anka comes to Cascais to share his greatest hits (and the stage with two jazzy local ladies) as part of the 17th edition of EDP Cool Jazz Festival. Tickets start at 25€.

July 13
Palestinian photojournalist living in a refugee camp in the West Bank Mohammad Alazza comes to BOTA this coming Wednesday to present his work, which documents his and his neighbors’ daily life. The inauguration is followed by a talk with Mohammad, and all are welcome to join. Entry is free.

July 13-15
Earlier this week, Jazz im Goethe-Garten — which for the last 16 years has been presenting “new trends in contemporary jazz as well as experimental and improvised music in a unique environment and small green paradis” — made its triumphant post-pandemic comeback. There are still three performances left next week, and tickets are 4-7€.

Now through Aug 3
Sometimes described as the “Lisbon Broadway,” the historical-cultural epicenter that is Parque Mayer turns 100 years old this July. As a birthday present, the city is hosting a number of shows, exhibitions, film sessions, and general celebratory historical merry all throughout the month. Entry to all the events is free.

And last but not least, another one of the country’s biggest music festivals to rise from the ashes of the last two years MEO SudoEste hits Zambujeira do Mar on August 2d, and the tickets are going fast.

Amble over to our What’s On section for more fun under (and out of) the sun around town this jam-packed summer. Have a good weekend. Oh, and — last but not least — thank you and Happy World Kebab Day to some of Lisbon’s finest and hardest-working locals!

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