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Book Launch of ‘Crossing Cultures in the Western Algarve’

Book Launch of ‘Crossing Cultures in the Western Algarve’On Friday 14th December at the cafeteria of Lagos Cultural Centre at 18.30 there will be a launch of the book ‘Crossing Cultures in the Western Algarve‘ by Lagos resident Lena Strang, available both in English and Portuguese. The event, which is open to the general public, is supported by the local council. The President of Lagos Câmara will be present.

Having written main feature articles for ‘Tomorrow’ magazine for over six years, Lena has interviewed a variety of local people about their lives. She has also done research into historic buildings and places of interest in the region. These stories have now been collated into book form.

Following on the success of her first book ‘Touching Lives: Remarkable People and Places in the Western Algarve’ published three years ago, she decided to launch a second volume.

Here she focuses on the richness of the cultural heritage and the experiences of people in the different communities in the region. The wide ranging chapters include exploration of the riches found buried deep in the Bay of Lagos, the passion for the graceful Lusitanian horses, the discovery of royal ancestry by a local resident, amongst many others. She has also examined the lives of people living on the margin of society such as the nomadic gypsies in the region as well as the established resident gypsy population in Lagos. She also explored the history of the ‘Indians’ of Meia Praia and their situation today.

There will be a presentation (in both English and Portuguese) and a short film will be shown about the personalities featured in the book. Refreshments will also be served. There is an opportunity to acquire signed copies. The book, with over a hundred colour photos, retails at €10.00.

Everyone is welcome. As it is near Christmas it may well be a perfect opportunity to stock up on presents too!