Festival Terras sem Sombra covered a route of feelings in Ferreira do Alentejo [photo gallery]

This weekend, Festival Terras sem Sombra toured a true script of feelings in Ferreira do Alentejo. "Road map […]

This weekend, Festival Terras sem Sombra toured a true script of feelings in Ferreira do Alentejo. «Roadmap of feelings: between Bach and Bolcom» was the title of the concert that Pauline Yang gave at Lagar do Marmelo, marking two absolute debuts: the North American pianist in industrial spaces and the press as a concert hall.

But the weekend began on Saturday, with a visit to a private property that exclusively opened its doors for the Festival Lands without Shade and let itself be discovered, inside and out.

Quinta de São Vicente belongs to one of the most important families in the region. Dating back to the XNUMXth century, it underwent extensive improvements in the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries, as explained by the architect Ricardo Estevam Pereira and the art historian José António Falcão, guides for this visit, which was also accompanied by the owner, Wanda Passanha de Bivar Branco.

At night, with torrential rain, it was time to listen to a concert by Pauline Yang, at Lagar do Marmelo, an unusual space that turned out to be magical, as the pianist revealed in an interview with Sul Informação.

On Sunday morning, barely recovered from the emotions of the night before, it was time to go looking for a plant that only exists in Baixo Alentejo. THE linaria ricardoi is a very rare and threatened Lusitanian endemism located in the Beja region. The population centers listed include only a few hundred specimens, a sign that it is in danger of extinction.

But the use of agrochemicals and the rapid expansion of intensive agriculture – especially the super intensive olive grove – are putting at risk the survival of this dedicated and endangered plant, as well as all the others that accompany it in its habitat.

EDIA, the company that manages the Alqueva mega dam, within the scope of its environmental compensation obligations, has been responsible in recent years for monitoring this plant, but the defense of the plant and its habitat began by civil society, namely thanks to the work of amateur botanists such as doctor Dinis Cortes, who accompanied the visit.

Closing with a flourish this weekend, the lunch, for guests, took place in the old Taberna do Zé Lelito, transformed into a living museum space. And there, on the long marble counter and on the tavern tables, among snacks and wine glasses, the Alentejo sing was heard, making the delights of the pianist Pauline Yang…and all the others present.


Photos: Elisabete Rodrigues | Sul Informação