Sunday, 14 February 2016
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St Patrick’s Day Celebration Dinner and Dance - Mar 19thThe St Patrick's Society of the Algarve was founded December 2002 - “To promote social activities for Irish people and their friends”.

Join us at this years' St Patrick’s Day Celebration Dinner and Dance at the Pestana Viking Hotel, Armação de Pêra on Saturday 19th March 2016.

The Valentine QueenA new play features the pious Portuguese Queen consort, Philippa of Lancaster and her marriage to Dom João I on Valentine’s Day in 1387. 

To be staged at various venues across the Algarve, the tragicomic production of ‘The Passionate Pilgrim’ can be seen in April. The play’s narrative begins at Porto Cathedral on the couple’s wedding day. It describes their happy marriage and introduces the audience to their much heralded third son, Prince Henry the Navigator. Accompanying his mother on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela many outlandish and amazing religious experiences occur!

Russian Classics - Feb 20February's classical concert hosted by the Friends of the Museu de Traje in São Brás de Alportel sees the welcome return of the Italian pianist Tommaso Cogato together with the Belgian cellist Dirk Vanhuyse, playing a programme of the Russian composers - Prokofiev, Glazunov & Rachmaninoff.

February Concerts at Amigos de MúsicaThe first Amigos’ concerts of 2016 will be truly exciting and varied. These will be performed by Paul Silverthorne, the distinguished British viola player and Aglaia Tarantino, the Italian pianist.

On Tuesday February 16th. Paul and Aglaia will give a concert with music by Beethoven, Schubert, Britten and Brahms.

On Thursday February 18th. Paul and Aglaia will play music by Tartini, Bowen, Prokofiev and Stravinsky.

Algarve History Association Talks: Gibraltar by Peter Kingdon BookerLong the target for a takeover by the Spanish state, Gibraltar has now been under British administration for 312 years, in fact since 1704.
This story is about the importance attached to The Rock over the centuries by the Moors, the Spanish and principally by the British. It may not be widely known that Gibraltar has suffered long and exhausting sieges over the years by both land and sea, and that it has survived because of the incompetence of the attackers as much as the determination of the defenders.

Classical Music Concert at Quintinha da Música with The Lacerda Quartet - Feb 28I am delighted to announce the return to the Algarve of The Lacerda Quartet.  The quartet  has performed here on a number of occasions and I am delighted that they are returning with such a beautiful programme. 

The Lacerda String Quartet was founded in 1990 and is one of the leading string quartets of Portugal. Besides standard repertoire, with a special emphasis on Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, the Lacerda dedicates much of its attention to great and unjustly neglected Portuguese masterpieces.

Alisa Lim A Po & Sophie Dickens Exhibition at Conrad AlgarveArtCatto, in association with Conrad Algarve, invites you to an exhibition of works by Sophie Dickens and Alisa Lim a PO, with guest speaker Ben Austin.

The event takes place on Thursday 11th February 2016, from 7.30pm, and the exhibition will run until Easter.

The Lost Hobbits are played by Maria-José da Silva and Isabel PereiraDr. Frankenstein’s Monster is on a Quest - but the road is a long and confusing one and full of the strangest creatures. However, perhaps his luck has changed when he meets a pair of Hobbits, since they do at least have a map. (BILBO Show me the map - ah! we are in the middle of a dark cloud, in the middle of the Evil Darkness! FRODO No, no, that’s the stain from where you spilt your last cup of tea!)
But, unfortunately, we all know that where there are Hobbits, there is sure to be Gollum close behind...