Concert brings together António Manuel Ribeiro and Tim to celebrate João de Deus in Messines

Celebrations start on March 7th

A concert by António Manuel Ribeiro (UHF) and Tim, vocalist of Xutos & Pontapés, Tim, on the 28th, will be one of the highlights of the celebrations for the 189th anniversary of Messianic poet and educator João de Deus, which will continue throughout of the month of March.

The concert, scheduled for 21:30 pm, will take place at the Francisco Vargas Mogo Auditorium and will have free admission for anyone who wants to attend this performance.

The greatest moment of this vast program is what will be lived on March 8, the honoree's birthday. At 10:00 am, the Mayor of Silves will place a wreath of flowers next to the monument to João de Deus, in São Bartolomeu de Messines.

This moment will also be attended by students from the João de Deus School Garden and Kindergarten, the Casa do Povo Pre-School School and the EB1 schools in Amorosa and Messines, as well as users of the João Social and Cultural Center of God and the Sorrir M Platform of the Casa do Povo.

There will also be a stop for Voluntary Firefighters in Messines and a release of pigeons by Sociedade Columbófila, ending with a poetic-musical note, promoted by Clube da Batucada CPSB Messines.

João de Deus's birthday program also includes the opening of a documentary exhibition (at 16 pm at the João de Deus House-Museum – CMJD) entitled “Comenius and João de Deus – the Art of Teaching” and a lecture on “Teaching and Pedagogy – The Art of Teaching” (00:16 pm, also at CMJD). Speakers at this event will be Carla Vilhena (University of Algarve), Isabel Ruivo (João de Deus Higher School of Education), Francisco Casanueva (Rosicrucian Foundation), Eduardo Berga (Rosi-Cross Foundation). The initiative is open to the general public.

Throughout this day, which also marks the “International Women's Day”, various public spaces in the municipality will be included in the WOMANPOESIA action, which will surprise women with the offer of a flower and a poem by this Messinense author.

The poet's birthday will end at 21 pm, with a session of Jazz in Adegas (repeated on March 00, at 9 pm), which will remember the evenings of João de Deus and will take place at Herdade do Barranco do Vale, opening to the public over 17 years of age.

Tickets cost 12 euros (includes, in addition to the concert, the producer's wine tasting, tasting of tapas of local products, voucher for visiting the Castle and Municipal Museum of Archeology and the offer of a bottle of wine). for sale on the BOL platform by clicking here, or in one of the following locations: FNAC, Worten, El Corte Inglés, CTT Correios, Youth Hostels, Serveasy Kiosks.

Highlights of this vast program are the short story session entitled “Os Contos e os Livros”, hosted by Serafim on the 7th, at 18:30 pm, at CMJD and which has free admission, as well as the concert “Desfados” by Ondina Santos, which in the same day will animate the Jardim-School João de Deus in SB Messines at 21 pm.

On the 9th, at 21 pm, the Concerto D'O Gajo, by the musician João Morais, will take place. Accompanied by his campaniça viola and with the special participation of actor José Anjos (who will read poems by João de Deus, himself an excellent guitar player), he will bring to the Francisco Vargas Mogo Auditorium (SB Messines Agricultural Credit Box) the sounds of his new album “As 30 Estações d'O GAJO”, named after one of the most reference works in classical music (“Le Quattro stagioni” – Antonio Vivaldi – 4).

Over these days, the poet and educator will be honored with sporting, musical and artistic initiatives, and various toponymic and memorial plaques will also be placed in the parishes of SB Messines, Silves, Tunes and Pêra, allowing the municipality's population and visitors to access the information about his life and work by entering a QR code.

According to the Chamber of Silves, this program aimed to «promote synergies, aiming at the creation of a diversified, differentiating and innovative cultural program aimed at all audiences, allowing to highlight the figure of this eminent figure in the history of arts and national letters, recalling what would have been the first Portuguese literary festival – “The Festival of João de Deus”, promoted on March 8, 1895 and which united “the people and the king”, the “intellectuals and the apprentices” around the one who he was seen as “the poet of the people”, “the illustrious master of the art of reading”».

Organization: Silves Municipality and SB Messines Parish Council
Partners: Silves School Groups. Silves Sul School Grouping, Columbophilic Association of São Bartolomeu de Messines, Voluntary Firefighters Association, Heritage Association of Algoz, Amigos do Enxerim, São Bartolomeu de Messines People's House, João de Deus Cultural and Social Center, São Bartolomeu Agricultural Credit de Mes11nes, João de Deus School of Education, Fundac1on Rosa Cruz, João de Deus School Garden, Lifelong Education Center of São Bartolomeu de Messines. Silves Library Network, Messinense Instruction and Recreation Society, Silvense Philharmonic Society, Messinense Sports Union

Click here for the full program.