A poll was conducted on December 2, 2019, asking 13,582 adults in the U. S. when they thought the next decade would begin. 64% answered on January 1, 2020. Then again, you’ve seen what’s been happening in the U.S. recently… The new decade, in fact, began on January 1, 2021 (because, you know, Jesus…) – so Happy New Year, and New Decade, to one and all, from all of us here at Atlas! To know more about what’s happening here in Lisbon, see our full calendar of events (and check out our Best of Lisbon 2021 list to learn who and what helped Atlas survive 2020). Meanwhile, here are some of our picks of interesting stuff happening* about town this weekend and onwards.
The multi-national trio of folk-gypsy-punk-and-other virtuosos that is Over the Sea is playing its first official gig in Benfica this Friday night, and you’re invited to come show some love.
For something more traditional and Christmasy, head to Belém for a significant part of Portuguese musical, theater, and royal history since 1793, where the “allegorical serenade” Il Natale Augusto is being presented by some of Portugal’s finest classical musicians this Sunday, Jan 10.
ART, SCULPTURE, ARCHITECTURE:
The illustration and painting exhibit Lamber-te (translated “Lick you”) presents the work of two local visual artists. One of these artists, in the words of the organizers, “searches the audiovisual and collages for new epistemologies to rethink power, transit, and identity relations,” while the other “tries to express himself in opposition to a falsified representation of absolute and masculine virility of the black man who concentrates on the penis and its surroundings and rejects his femininity, his homosexuality, and his transgender…” The show is free, and it’s up in Intendente until the end of the month.
Feira dos Reis is a group art show organized by students of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon to present and sell their work to the public, and they invite “all art lovers to support this occasion with music and good company,” for three days (Jan 13-15), free of charge.
Infinite Sculpture: From the Antique Cast to the 3D Scan is a pretty self-explanatory show at the Gulbenkian that beats staring at a screen. It’s been up for a few months now, and it ends on Jan 25.
Gentrification is the new colonization, some say, and Lisbon is smack-dab in the middle of it. Urbanisms of Portuguese Influence, in turn, is an architectural exhibit focusing on what influence Portuguese colonization has had on cities around the world over the centuries, and it’s on view in Belém until Jan 21.
Every Monday through Jan 25, the collective Left Hand Rotation, in Mouraria (where housing is now becoming an issue too) presents the film cycle ‘FICTION REAL ESTATE: The right to housing through cinema’ – a series of films that asks the difficult questions. This Monday, Jan 11, they’re screening Rosie, a homeless family. Screenings are often accompanied by presentations and discussions, and are free, albeit with limited capacity.
Finally, South Korea. They do music, yes, but they also do film, which was made obvious to the world by recent Oscars. And it turns out they have actually been doing film ever since they split from their Northern counterpart 70 years ago, and Clássicos do Cinema Coreano at Cinemateca Portuguesa is a month-long festival celebrating said film. Both English and Portuguese subtitles are available, and the festival runs through Jan 30.
*Coronavirus seems to have survived 2020 as well, so, as always, double-check with the organizers before and use common sense when venturing out.
And may this year be even better than the last!