Dias da Percussion Festival brings music and art to Portimão

Between the 9th and 11th of September

The 2nd edition of the Dias da Percussion Festival is back in Portimão between the 9th and 11th of September. 

The Festival bets on the promotion «of percussion as a universal artistic and musical language of union and dialogue, it will bring together nationally and internationally renowned percussionists, with concerts, parades, masterclasses and workshops, during three intense days, where quality and versatility will be the focus. of programming», says the Portimão City Council in a note.

This edition will feature artists such as Simantra Grupo de Percussão & Luís Figueiredo (Portugal), Vincent Houdijk (vibraphone, Netherlands), Eixo do Jazz Ensemble (Portugal), Bomboémia (Portuguese-Brazilian percussion, Portugal) and guest musicians Tiago Manuel Soares (adufe, Portugal), Iago Fernández (drums, Galicia) and Sérgio Almeida (African percussion, Portugal).

The Festival will be «the dialogue between artists residing in the Algarve region, namely the students of the Integrated Music Course and the Jazz Instrumental Course of the Bemposta and AGP - Algarve Contemporary Percussion Group, extending this sharing to the general public , residents and visitors», the municipality continues.

In addition to the concerts, the event promotes an online conversation with the pre-event theme, under the theme Contemporary Percussion in Portugal: Creation, Programming, Mediation. The conversation will be mediated by the festival's artistic direction, with the participation of festival artists and guest programmers, such as Tiago Ferreira (FIPA - North Percussion Festival) and Diana Ferreira (FIP - Festival Itinerante de Percussion).


From a pedagogical perspective and direct involvement with the community, the festival also offers a training offer for children and young people with two masterclasses: Vincent Houdijk (“The Inner Ear”, vibraphone) and Iago Fernández (Drums), as well as three percussion workshops with the musicians Tiago Manuel Soares (adufe and granolanholas), Simantra Grupo de Percussion (percussion with recycled waste) and Sérgio Almeida (African percussion).

The festival «will be projected in a network in the city of Portimão and in constant articulation with the potential of public facilities, including the Grand Auditorium and Black Box of TEMPO – Teatro Municipal de Portimão, Auditorium of the Museum of Portimão, Jardim 1º de December, Sociedade Vencedora Portimonense, and in dialogue with the public space: Historic Center of Portimão, Riverside Zone, Jardim 1º de Dezembro and Center of Alvor, which will be the stages of the parades», refers the municipality.

All programming can be consulted here