Port 2 Port: Garden Collective’s Alternative to St. Patrick’s Day in Lisbon

Garden Collective is bringing good vibes, fun times and musicians from Portugal and Ireland March 17 to 18 in Beato.

Our good friends and reliable mayhem partners at the Garden Collective are organizing their biggest festival yet: originally scheduled for March 2020 but cancelled as was much of life at large due to Covid, PORT to PORT first went online like we all did. Next month, however, it’s finally live again, just in time for St. Patrick’s day, bringing together musicians and artists from Ireland and Portugal.

One of Garden Collective’s past events. All images courtesy of the organizers.

The two-day festival was, as Garden likes to put it, “born of the ancient relationship between the two seafaring nations.” Its  heart is very much in the here and now, featuring such bands as Citrus Fresh (Limerick), Elaine Malone (Cork), pôt-pot (Cork), and The Crossover (Cork), as well as Portugal-based acts Jhon Douglas Band, Madu & Band, Senhor Santos (originally from Ireland), The Tourorists (which features not one but two frequent Atlas artistic collaborators!), Sarau Delas and Petrol Lollipop (Galicia/UK), as well as “improv hours” from international artists Meta_ & BomBeijo and Portuguese acts Smoked Falmon and Shaka’s lo-fi. More acts to be announced on Garden’s website. There are also workshops, an art show, and a market.

The fest takes place March 17 to 18 at Arroz Studios, Garden’s long-time partners, with their multifaceted inside-outside venue in Beato. Advance tickets are available now for only €25 for both days, and day tickets for €15, with Port to Port 2023 T-shirts designed by Dublin-based artist Con O’Brien, aka Kone, and hand-printed in Almada, Portugal. Book now at: porttoport.pt

Related: Read our coverage of Garden’s many previous events, from festivals to poetry readings to everything in between.

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