Lisbon’s Oceans Festival This Year Presenting Lauryn Hill and Estelle Concerts, Free Museum Visits and Other Free EventsTuesday, July 27th, 2010
This year’s edition of Lisbon’s Oceans Festivals starts this weekend and will last until August 14, with a rich schedule of free events throughout the city. Many of them take place in the city’s main squares and as close to the river as possible. This is, after all, an event meant to celebrate water, the oceans and the cultures around them, although this year it will also mark the centenary of the Portuguese Republic.
The festival starts with a concert by singer Lauryn Hill and will go on with performances by Estelle, special Fado nights, street entertainment, special museum activities, and a fireworks show synchronized with music by the river on the final night.
The opening shows this Saturday are in Comercio Square at 9PM with a stage for Lauryn Hill and Estelle. The Fado nights will begin on the following night in Municipal Square, and continue on the 2nd, 5th, 8th, 9th, 12th and 13th of August at 10PM. Some of Fado’s top-selling artists will be performing, including Mafalda Arnauth, Cristina Branco, Kátia Guerreiro and Joana Amendoeira.
Another square in the center of the city with special activities is Camões Square which will be transformed into an “aquarium” and a venue for poetry recitals and other events.
From the 5th to the 12th of August the city’s museums will also open at night, offering special exhibitions and events, also free like everything else related to this festival.
For the complete schedule of events see the festival’s official website: http://www.festivaldosoceanos.com/