Algarve celebrates European Heritage Days with cinema, music and guided tours

Between the 22th and 24th of September

The European Days of Patrimony, which this year has as its theme “Patrimony Vivo”, will be celebrated in the Algarve, starting this Friday, September 22nd, with cinema, music, guided tours and much more. The initiatives last until Sunday.

In addition to the programming of the Municipalities of Lagos, Silves, Loulé, Faro and Tavira, the Algarve Regional Directorate of Culture will also mark these days with a documentary film session and a concert, at the Fortaleza de Sagres, initiatives that are part of the DiVaM program – Dynamization and Valorization of Monuments.

On Saturday, September 23rd, at 17:30 pm, it will take place at Sagres fortress, the last session of the “Libertar a Memória” film cycle. This session is curated by Kitty Furtado, who selected the documentaries I'm not pilates (2019, Portugal, DOC, 11min), by Welket Bungue, and Catastrophe Monument (2022, Portugal, DOC, 69min), by Coletivo Left Hand Rotation.

I am not Pilatus, by Welket Bungué (Guiné-Bissau, 1988), «is an anti-racist artistic manifesto, made through the dialogue between two cell phone videos, disseminated on social media, which testify to two distinct and opposing perspectives on Portugal, democracy and its institutions» , reads the note sent by DRCAlg.

Yes, Catastrophe Monument is an road movie, in Portugal, «which maps part of the construction of public space in a critical way, based on the idea of ​​Catastrophe, which is also related to local and global factors and power relations».

“Libertar a Memória” is a project by the Cineclube de Faro, for DiVaM, with the coordination and artistic direction of Luísa Baptista.



On the 24th, Sunday, also at Fortress of Sagres, concert takes place Girl, at 17:30 pm, which presents a sound in which «its main element is dialogue: from the lyrics that aim to be heard in the place of a friend, to the sound built on an exchange of genres and approaches». This is the last concert included in the “Concertos ao Entardecer” cycle, promoted by Associação ArQuente, for DiVaM.

DiVaM activities are free to enter, but reservations are mandatory.

Em lakes, The 23th Monte Molião Days will take place on the 9rd, which include a conference at the Paços do Concelho Século XXI Building, in the morning, and, in the afternoon, an accompanied visit to Monte Molião.

The Monte Molião Days aim to publicize the results of archaeological research at this emblematic site in the history of Lagos.

The activity is free to enter, but registration is required, which can be sent to the email [email protected].



Em silves, the start of the European Heritage Days is given through the activity “Open Day at the Islamic Curaçao of Silves”, in which the Municipality invites the general public to observe this water supply structure for the city, until recently only known through reports of historical sources.

The access entrance must be via Rua Dr. Francisco Vieira | Escadinhas do Mirante, between 10am and 00pm and 12pm and 00pm.

Still on the 23rd, the activity “A day with the Oleiros da Mouraria” will follow, at the Municipal Archeology Museum, between 15pm and 00pm, where families are invited to replicate ceramic models from the 18th and 00th centuries.



According to historical sources, at the end of the Middle Ages, two potters owned a pottery in the Mouraria of the City of Silves, archaeological investigation uncovered the two ovens where they fired the ceramics they modeled, as well as many of the pieces they left behind when the workshop was deactivated.

The program will culminate on the 24th with the activity “Discovering Silves Castle”, between 10am and 00pm, aimed at families.

Registration for activities can be made by calling 282 440 854 or emailing [email protected].



in the county of Loulé, the Municipal Museum invites the public for a guided tour of the Islamic Baths and Casa Senhorial dos Barreto.

During the visit, guided by Daniela Grelha, it will be possible to delve into the history of an Islamic city and a Hammam, a public bath building that played a fundamental role in daily life in Islamic times.

Furthermore, participants will have the opportunity to explore more about its later occupation as Casa Senhorial dos Barreto and discover what life was like in this space.

Registrations can be made by calling 289 400 953 or emailing [email protected].

On the 23rd, at 18:30 pm, a conference will take place at the Centro Autárquico de Quarteira on archaeological finds and shipwrecks in the sea of ​​Quarteira, called “Between fishing marks and underwater cultural heritage: archeology in the sea of ​​Quarteira”.

Speakers Pedro Barros and Felizardo Pinto will guide participants on an exploration of the submerged secrets of the “Sea of ​​Quarteira”.



The maritime community of Quarteira has shared their memories about the toponymy of the sea, their knowledge about the “hull” marks and their sensitivity when recovering and donating archaeological pieces to Museums.

«Some of these places and objects have become the focus of archaeological research and studies, providing a unique vision of the past of this region», explains the municipality of Loulé.

The conference aims to systematize all archaeological information, from Roman times to the present day. Isolated finds collected in fishing nets will be covered, as well as archaeological sites of shipwrecks, plane crashes and sites affected by the regression of the coastline of the “Mar de Quarteira”, from Cabo de Santa Maria (Faro) to Ponta de Alfanzina (Lagoa).

Then, at 19:30 pm, there will be a guided visit to the exhibition “With Feet on Earth and Hands in the Sea – 6000 years of Quarteira History”, revealing more about the underwater riches of the region's history and cultural heritage.

Em Faro, the Municipal Museum organizes, in the Ermida de Santo António do Alto, playful workshops, educational workshops and workshops. This activity takes place on September 22nd, starting at 10 am, and the target audience is schools.



At 18pm, the presentation of the book “Palácio de Estoi: A heritage complex full of magic”, by José Paula Brito, is scheduled.

At 19pm, the Municipality organizes guided tours and guided tours through the old town of Faro. tour It lasts approximately 1h30.

The visit costs 10 euros and registrations can be made by email [email protected].

On the 23rd, at 17:30 pm, the catalog for the exhibition “Manuel Batista – Natureza Paralela” will be launched.

Em Tavira, the program begins on the 22nd, at 18:00 pm, at the Álvaro de Campos Municipal Library, with the lecture “Altarpieces in the Portuguese World: Thesaurus“, by Francisco Lameira, assistant professor with aggregation in the Department of Arts and Humanities of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences of the University of Algarve and coordinator of the Promontoria Monografia História da Arte collection.



The lecture aims to «highlight the importance of altarpieces in Portuguese art, through a careful selection of the most relevant examples in formal and functional terms», including those from the Algarve.

On the 23rd, at 10:30 am, participants will be able to enjoy a visit to the Hermitage of Nossa Senhora do Livramento (Livramento, Luz de Tavira), guided by Marco Sousa Santos, art historian and senior technician at the Municipal Museum of Tavira.

Founded in 1708 and remodeled in the mid-XNUMXth century, this hermitage brings together heritage elements of recognized interest. It is, today, managed by the local community and the stage for a religious festival that celebrates the connection to the neighboring fishing village of Fuzeta.

On the same day, at 15 pm, at the Municipal Museum of Tavira – Palácio da Galeria, Corinne Romeira (senior technician at the Municipal Museum of Tavira) and Aníbal Neto (engineer – Associação Agrolares) guide the visit to the exhibition “Mediterranean Diet – Millennial Cultural Heritage” , addressing the different aspects of this Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the history of wine production and consumption in the Algarve.

The session ends with a tasting of different flavors and grape varieties that make up Algarve wines.

Also on Saturday, at 17:30 pm, the exhibition “Irão, Cradle of Humanity” by Luís Reina opens at the Islamic Center of the Municipal Museum. The exhibition highlights 24 sites of global importance, recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites, and captures the essence of the Iranian people – welcoming, resilient and full of life. The exhibition is enriched with pieces from the Berardo Collection, providing a deeper insight into the art, culture and history of this ancient country.

The program for the 24th includes, at 16pm, a visit to the exhibition center of the Former Hospital of Espírito Santo de Tavira, guided by Alexandra Rufino, senior Cultural Heritage technician at Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Tavira.

Opened last June, it values ​​the memory of the old Tavira Hospital, presenting an overview of its history, from its foundation to its nationalization. The visit will highlight the history of the institution, covering topics such as the first health services, medicine in the modern period and the development of health policies in the XNUMXth century.

The program culminates, at 17:30 pm, at the Igreja do Espírito Santo de Tavira (S. José) with the concert “Sons of Heritage: A Harmonic Journey through the Accordion”, presented by accordionist Gonçalo Pescada (soloist in orchestras from several countries and assistant professor at the Department of Music at the University of Évora).

This musical moment includes a variety of pieces for accordion, bandoneon and accordina, including works by T. Murena, Édith Piaf, Astor Piazzolla, A. Villoldo, E. Donato, A. Vivaldi, D. Scarlatti, G. Rossini, V. Vlassov and V. Monti.

On the 22nd and 23rd of September, entry to the Tavira Municipal Museum is free.

Guided visits have a limited number of participants, registration is free and mandatory (up to two days before the start of activities), here


As European Heritage Days are an annual initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union that involves more than 50 countries, as part of raising awareness among European people about the importance of safeguarding Heritage.
In this sense, each country annually prepares a program of activities at national level, to be carried out in September, accessible to the public free of charge.
The theme chosen this year to promote JEP across Europe is “Living Heritage”.
The idea is to alert and sensitize Europeans to the importance of practices, places and objects that are now part of our cultural heritage and have been transmitted from generation to generation, adapting, but continuing to be alive and constantly recreated by communities and groups, adjusting to their changing cultures, landscapes and the places they inhabit.


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