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Centenary celebrations for Olhão's most famous poet

olhaoCentreJoão Lúcio Pousão Pereira, know by all as João Lúcio, was outstanding as a poet and a lawyer who died as a result of the Spanish ‘Flu pandemic in 1918.

It is estimated that about 500 million people, one-third of the world's population, became infected with this virus, and the number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide.

João Lúcio died in his native Olhão on October 27th, 1918 at the age of just 38, leaving a body of work that makes him one of Portugal’s foremost poets.

Olhão will be celebrating arguably its most famous son, from Friday, October 12, at 5:00 p.m., with the opening of the exhibition, "Family ties: between the Alentejo and the Algarve" in the António Rosa Mendes Municipal Archive, recalling the poet's Alentejo and Algarvian family roots.

The exhibition is split between the Archive building and the space opposite the Paços do Concelho.

On Saturday, October 13, at 5:00 p.m., there will be a ‘Recital in memory of João Lúcio,’ at the Chalet João Lúcio, by musicians Eduardo Ramos and Jorge Soares.

From 15 October to 30 November, at the municipal library, there will be an exhibition, "The work of João Lúcio" in which some of the poet's most famous works will be displayed.

At the Municipal museum, a João Lúcio exhibition will be launched on October 18, at 5:30 p.m. with portraits, iconography and sculpture merging with his poetry.

On Sunday, October 21, at 3:45 p.m. there will be a poetry reading at the Cultural Re-Creative Republic Association 14 and the launch of a study of the poet, "O Criador de Fantasmas," (The Creator of Ghosts).

To close the programme that marks the centenary of the death of João Lúcio, on Saturday, October 27 at 7:45 pm, a symposium in honour of the author will take place at the Cultural Re-Creative Republic Association.

João Lúcio Pousão Pereira is considered the greatest exponent of the poetry of Olhão. Having studied law, in 1905, he published "O meu Algarve," a work that immortalised him as one of the greatest figures of the Algarve poetry.

João Lucio designed and commissioned the famous chalet in Pinheiros de Marim, a rare surviving example of Symbolist architecture in Portugal.



João Lúcio Pousão Pereira

Born: July 4, 1880, Olhão
Died: October 27, 1918, Olhão


João Lúcio chalet, Pinheiros de Marim




0 #3 Ed 2018-10-10 08:29
Quoting Peter Booker:
Is the chalet open to the public, Ed?

It is used for a variety of educational purposes so is not a closed door. The first floor is the head office for Polis Litoral Ria Formosa Society which, thankfully, is to be extinguished on December 31st.

I have wandered around the very pretty entrance and vestibule areas, and visited the lower floor for a bonsai exhibition/workshop, but could not have free access to all areas.

You could email if you want greater access.
0 #2 Peter Booker 2018-10-10 07:34
Is the chalet open to the public, Ed?
-3 #1 Martin Smith 2018-10-09 16:02
Judging by the total balls up when arranging the purchase of what we later discovered was a partly illegal house; our then lawyer, nowhere near Olhao and sadly still breathing, must have seen himself as a born again João Lúcio. He also gave us so much flowery words; real poetry about a mythical life in Portugal, that we should have recorded and put down on paper. To pay for our current lawyer.