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'Bon appetit! Eating in Roman and Medieval Islamic times in Southern Portugal

'Bon appetit! Eating in Roman and Medieval Islamic times in Southern PortugalAlgarve Archaeological Association talk on Tuesday 10th January 2017 - 'Bon appetit! Eating in Roman and Medieval Islamic times in Southern Portugal: comparing zooarchaeology and literary sources'.

On Tuesday 10th January, the Algarve Archaeological Association (AAA) will be presenting two lectures, in English, by Professor Maria Joao Valente. The first lecture will be at 2.30pm at the Museu do Trajo in Sao Bras, the second lecture will be at 5.45pm at the Convento de Sao Jose in Lagoa.

December newsletter from Carvoeiro.com

carvoeirobeachAre we already at that time of the year again?  I must be getting old(er) because it feels like 2016 has flown by and while the interweb keeps on telling me it has been the worst year ever, it feels actually like it has been a good one on the whole down here in Carvoeiro.

Sometimes it can be a pain living in a place that most people can’t point to on a map (Do you mean Puerto Rico?) but when the world appears to be going a bit mad it can be a nice feeling to be off the radar a little and that’s the way I like it here.

Dramatic challenge - A Portada Theatre Group brings George Bernard Shaw's comic play to Loulé.

Miguel Cosme plays ‘Bluntschi’ and Samantha Birnie as ‘Raina’A Portada’s next appearance is at Cine-Teatro Loulé on Friday, December 16th and Saturday the 17th. Their new production is of 'Arms and the Man' by George Bernard Shaw. Although it deals with serious subject matter it is the nearest Shaw ever got to farce and is acclaimed as his wittiest comedy. Written at the end of the 19th century its anti-war message was the 'Blackadder Goes Forth' of its time.

Concert at Quintinha da Música, Tavira with pianist Nikola Meeuwsen - Dec 11

Nikola MeeuwsenAt the age of five, Nikola heard a recording of Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto, played by Vladimir Horowitz. At that moment he knew that he wanted to play the piano and his enthusiasm and talent for the piano flourished. His breakthrough came when he won the 2012 Steinway Competition in the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, together with the audience´s prize. In 2014 he won the “Concertgebouw Competition” and in 2015 he finished second in The Young Pianist Foundation Competition.

Pollen: The Musical review - The Algarveans blossom

Pollen: The Musical review - The Algarveans blossomPollen:The Musical is Ian Carfrae's brainchild and it was a pleasure to be there at its birth tonight (October 20). I could never imagine that the Algarveans would be up to successfully performing another musical (Honk being the first), but tonight proved just how wrong I could be. 

Celebrating the Life and Work of Alvaro de Campos - Talk by Peter Kingdon Booker, Oct 10th

Celebrating the Life and Work of Alvaro de Campos - Talk by Peter Kingdon Booker, Oct 10thThe Municipal Library in Tavira is called the Biblioteca Municipal Álvaro de Campos. Who was Álvaro de Campos, and why should the Library be named after him?

He was not in fact a real person at all, but an idea in the mind of Fernando Pessoa, who may be the best of Portugal ́s poets since Luís Vaz de Camões.

Irish Ambassador visits Algarve

Her Excellency Orla TunneyHer Excellency Orla Tunney, Irish Ambassador to Portugal, visited the Algarve last weekend with her husband and children. 
On Saturday 3 September the Ambassador and her husband attended the St Patrick'0s Society End of Summer Party to enjoy an evening with Society members and their friends.

A Summer Festival filled with fun, foam, fabulous food and funky music!

A Summer Festival filled with fun, foam, fabulous food and funky music!On the 13th August, under a brilliant azure sky and a sizzling golden sun, Boavista hosted its first Summer Festival which was enjoyed by local residents and guests holidaying on the resort. The event got under way with a refreshing welcome drink, aptly named ‘summer lovers’, provided by the José Repolho winery.

To compensate for the soaring afternoon temperatures, guests were able to chill out in inflatable pools of water or frolic amidst clouds of silky foam. For the more energetic, games of aqua football were organised while the dance floor came alive with ‘Zumba’ led by Ana Leal and Saúl Maurício. The rhythmic reggae sounds of Jahlita Friends enticed people to boogie the afternoon away in a convivial atmosphere.