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September is traditionally a period of new beginnings, of returning, of starting over. At this year’s Lisboa na Rua, we invite you to a month of intense cultural programming in which we aim to challenge social and spatial conventions.

So come and enjoy a concert, which would be at home in any of the world’s great concert halls, in the open air, in what is known as the Vale do Silêncio (Valley of Silence), but which, on that night, will be filled with the music of the cantata Carmina Burana, performed by the Gulbenkian Orchestra, the Gulbenkian Choir and the Instituto Gregoriano de Lisboa’s children’s choir.

We urge everyone to cast their inhibitions aside and get out onto the streets and dance. That’s right. Even if you’re a not natural on the dance-floor, don’t let that stop you from dancing through the city’s parks and squares. Every weekend, there’ll be open classes for various styles, from lindy hop to flamenco, from kizomba to forró. Over the month, we’ll be dancing in different geographies, both symbolically and literally.

And as we can’t say no to a good party, why not help us celebrate the 20th birthday of the Orquestra Jazz de Matosinhos? One of Portugal’s most celebrated orchestras will be giving a concert at the Largo da Ajuda alongside a guest who has just the lungs needed to help blow out the candles – singer Manuela Azevedo. We’re also bringing jazz orchestras from elsewhere to provide music on those kinds of Friday evenings that already taste like the weekend.

We promise to cool down the temperature (but not the fun) at the Estufa Fria de Lisboa (Cold Greenhouse) to the beat of Lisboa Soa’s sound art performances and installations. In this their second year, they invite us to stop and reflect on the city and its sounds.

Lisbon will also be host to many imaginary cities projected onto the screen of CineCidade, which we’ve installed in the garden of Palácio Pimenta in Campo Grande. This is our Saturday night fever: we’ll be unveiling cult classics, some more well-known than others, by directors who have gone down in the history of the seventh art.

At this edition of Lisboa na Rua, we’ve brought back the Festival Zona Não Vigiada, which takes independent sounds to Zona J, in Chelas. And we suggest an extended foray into the neighbourhood which has recently received a library which promises to get people talking; the Biblioteca de Marvila is offering a multidisciplinary programme designed with the Maria Matos Teatro Municipal.

And find out about the many, many other events in the following pages: from fado concerts to circus art, from theatre and visual interventions in the public space to stage readings
for children.

This is a distinctive, free and open-air programme that sees us bid farewell to the summer and welcome in the autumn without the cloud of seasonal depression.

Join us in experiencing this great city, which surprises us by never knowing its limits.

 

The EGEAC Board of Administration