Al-Mutamid Festival brings music from the Gharb al-Andalus to seven Algarve cities

The Al-Mutamid Festival will carry, from January 26th to February 24th, the music that “flooded bazaars, medinas and […]

The Al-Mutamid Festival will take, from January 26th to February 24th, the music that "flooded the bazaars, medinas and palaces of the Gharb al-Andalus" to Lagoa, Vila Real de Santo António, Loulé, Albufeira, Silves, Lagos and Olhão. 

This is already the 18th edition of the festival, which, throughout this time, has taken place uninterruptedly «and always with the support of an audience eager to learn more deeply about Arab-Andalusian and Oriental music», says the organization.

That is why there were "performances by groups specialized in rescuing the sounds of al-Andalus, but also in the music and dances of the Middle East, the Maghreb and the Eastern Mediterranean."

This pioneer festival with unique characteristics in Portugal is also a tribute to the poet king al-Mutamid, son and successor of the king of Seville Al-Mutadid.

Muhammad Ibn Abbad (al-Mutamid) was born in Beja (1040) and was appointed governor of Silves at the age of 12, having spent a refined youth there. In 1069 he acceded to the throne of Seville, the strongest kingdom among those that emerged in al-Andalus after the fall of the Caliphate of Cordoba.

In 1088 he was dethroned by the Almoravids and secluded in Agmat, south of Marrakesh, where he died in 1095. His tomb, preserved until today, has become a symbol of the most beautiful times in Al-Andalus.


Full program:

Samarkand (Songs from the Maghreb and Middle East)

26 January (21:30 pm)
Convent of São José (Lagoon)
Tickets: 282 380 434 // 282 380 452

27 January > 21:30 pm
António Aleixo Cultural Center (Vila Real de Santo António)
Tickets: 281 510 045

Abu Tamam Ensemble (Middle East Songs and Dances)

February 2 (21:30)
Municipal Auditorium of Olhão
Tickets: 289 700 160

February 3 (21:30)
Mascarenhas Gregório Theater (Silves)
Tickets: 282 440 800

Vandalus (Flamenco fusion with oriental music)

February 16 (21:30)
Municipal Auditorium of Lagoa
Tickets: 282 380 434 // 282 380 452

February 17 (21:30)
Albufeira Municipal Auditorium
Tickets: 289 599 645

Al-Bashirah (Arabic Music, Sufi Spin and Tanora Dance)

February 23 (21:30)
Cine-Teatro Louletano
Tickets: 289 414 604

February 24 (21:30)
Lagos Cultural Center
Tickets: 282 770 450