Archive for May, 2008

Music stars invade Lisbon this summer

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Lisbon Lisbon is ready to rock this summer.  This weekend is the first part of the 5-day festival Rock in Rio-Lisboa.  The notorious singer Amy Winehouse was the first international star to reach the stage (although one hour late), and after that was Lenny Kravitz’s turn to get the Lisbon crowd rocking.  On the electronic side of the festival, the highlight of the day was Paul Van Dyk.
The following days will bring Alanis Morissette and Bon Jovi, and the famous DJ Carl Cox, along with Tokio Hotel, Joss Stone, Rod Stewart, and DJs David Morales and Dimitri from Paris.
On June 5th it’s Metallica’s turn, which will be on stage after Machine Head.  The following day will bring Muse, The Offspring, and Linkin Park, which will offer their harder sounds while Sasha & Digweed entertain dance music fans.
If you can’t make it to this festival, there is an opportunity to go to another one in July.  The annual Super Bock Super Rock takes place on July 9th and 10th, this year welcoming Iron Maiden, Slayer, Beck, Mika, Duran Duran, and DJ Tiesto.
On the same day will be the first of three days of the Optimus Alive festival, presenting Rage Against the Machine, The Hives, Bob Dylan, Within Temptation, Neil Young, Ben Harper, among others.
But before that on July 4th, James Blunt’s concert takes place in the Campo Pequeno arena, also the stage for Lou Reed on July 19th.
Finally, at the end of the season, Madonna returns to Lisbon after her 2-night concert four years ago and her world-premiere performance of “Hung Up” in 2006’s MTV Music Awards that took place in the Portuguese capital.  This time her concert will be open-air, in Parque da Bela Vista on September 14.

Non-expensive Culture in Lisbon

Monday, May 26th, 2008

LisbonThe UK Post Office recently issued their first annual Cost of Culture survey, which analises 10 culture capitals, 9 of which are located in Europe. The survey looked at a typical short cultural city break to each of the cities and the price of entry to three top museums or art galleries, three heritage sites, tickets to an orchestral performance, opera and ballet, and a free attraction.

Lisbon was judged to be the 3rd-cheapest culture capital of those surveyed and “best value overall” in the eurozone, together with Amsterdam.

The cultural sights in Lisbon included in this survey were the world-class Gulbenkian Museum, the Museum of Ancient Art and the Coach Museum. Tickets were bought to performances of “Bernstein & Friends” at the São Carlos National Theatre, “Tosca” at the São Carlos National Opera House and the National Ballet Company’s performance of “Carmina Burana” at the Coliseu dos Recreios.

The three heritage sites chosen are really a must for any visit to Lisbon: Lisbon’s icon, the Belem Tower, the majestic St. Georges Castle and Sintra’s Pena Palace (a short journey from Lisbon). Together with these unmissable sights, the free attraction was the emblematic Jeronimo’s Monastery.

Coming on top of Mario’s recommendations on how to enjoy Lisbon for free, this highlights once again the fact that Lisbon is one of Europe’s cheapest capitals, and if you need persuading any further that Lisbon is the place to go, also one of its safest.

The first few months of 2008 have seen Lisbon in a number of surveys, all favourable. In January the New York Times places Lisbon second on its list of top 53 places to visit in 2008, a Mercer Consulting survey showed Lisbon to be the cheapest European capital in 2007, and Yahoo & Sherman’s travel voted Lisbon 3rd in their list of top 10 places to visit for 2008.

You surely don’t need any further encouragement to Go Lisbon!

Post Office Survey