Thursday, 21 September 2017
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Escola de Dança de LagosFifteen dancers ages 10-16 with four qualifying choreographies recently represented the region in the Portuguese team that travelled to Jersey, Channel Islands for the Bloch Dance World Cup.

Whilst once upon a time the cry ‘the Cossacks are coming’ would have induced panic, the Cossack troupe of the Escola de Dança de Lagos came back to the city of Lagos to cheers and congratulations for bringing with them silver medals in their Junior category with 87.0 points and the Children’s duet of Afonso Gouveia and Sara Nascimento won bronze medals with 85.0 points.

PollenRehearsals are in full swing for the most unique theatrical presentation on the Algarve this year. The Algarveans Experimental Theatre group is 25 years old in September and they wanted to stage something really special to mark this anniversary.

Pollen: The Musical was been written by Algarveans’ member, and professional musician, Ian Carfrae. The genesis of the musical started back in the days when Ian performed all over the world as part of the New Vaudeville Band with his co-writer, Bobby Hay-Smith. Ian has always enjoyed writing and arranging music and has been known to have a secret bottom drawer of songs that has never seen the light of day. Why? Ian is a perfectionist with his music and unless it is right it does not get performed.

sardinesGood news for those that need a financial nudge to visit the Olhão Seafood Festival this August, the ticket prices have gone down to just €5 for the first three days and €8 for the last three as there are top performers booked.
 
The 9th to the 14th of August sees one of the city parks transformed into a seafood and music venue with the Ria Formosa as a backdrop.

oilgungeThe Algarve’s Communist party is organising a public session in Faro on the 'big oil debate.'

"Oil and gas in the Algarve: study, assess, consider, decide,' will be held at the Clube Farense in the Algarvian capital on July 8th, at 21:30 hours, organised by the directorate of the regional Communist Party.

St Patrick’s Society annual Bloomsday CelebrationOn Thursday 16th June a small contingent from St Patrick’s Society of the Algarve travelled to Lisbon for the annual Bloomsday Celebration. On this day every year the Irish Association (Lisbon) and the Lisbon Players act out scenes from James Joyce’s world famous book, Ulysses. 

ASB Organiser David Shirley congratulates Ludwig and Kilian on completion of their epic ride from GermanyOn Tuesday 14th June David Shirley, in his capacity of Group Organiser the Algarve Senior Bikers, was asked to verify the arrival of brothers Kilian and Ludvig Hein in the Algarve, who completed a ride through all weathers from Germany via France and Spain to arrive in the Algarve in brilliant sunshine.

Almancil rider Irina Rodrigues, representing APPC FaroAfter selection by their respective schools, 16 riders represented the Algarve competing in Lisbon on June 2nd for the Championship in Special Olympics Equestrian, for riders with learning difficulties.

More than 70 riders from throughout Portugal congregated at the Sociedade Hipíca in Campo Grande for a fun but challenging day. Well trained horses were supplied by the GNR, complete with an officer in charge of each horse, for the trainers to select the most suitable ride for their pupils.

St. Patrick’s Society Monthly WalkMonchique River - May 28th, 2016. The day promised to be wet and fortunately didn’t deliver.  The storm clouds and accompanying rain passed over before the 10am start time, and at 5 past 17 walkers set off in sunshine for a most enjoyable 2hrs walk which took in cork forests, black pig breeding smallholdings, a roman road and aquaduct, and a communal laundry house.