Lisbon’s Oceans Festival

Festival dos Oceanos, LisboaTonight at midnight marks the start of this year’s Oceans Festival. It’s an event that takes place every year in the summer in Lisbon, with a number of special shows and activities lasting for a couple of weeks. Since 2009 is the International Year of Astronomy, this year’s festival will also focus on that field, as the exploration of the oceans centuries ago would not have been possible without the aid of the stars. So tonight Rua do Ouro downtown will be lit up in what look like Christmas lights during the day, but that in the darkness of night will have the effect of a planetarium.
Most of the events will take place by the waterfront districts of the city, and will include free visits to museums, hot air balloon rides, conferences, exhibitions, and music concerts. Those concerts will be by Portuguese artists and international guest James Morrison.
On the 9th of August an extra-special event will be the creation of the world’s largest painting, taking up five kilometers in total, with the theme being the stars, the oceans, and space. You may check out the entire program at the official website www.festivaldosoceanos.com

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