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Leading from the future as it emerges – U-lab course


Jim and I have recently become interested in taking a course called U-lab and fortunately the course is going to happen in Tavira. How cool is that? The U-lab course created by MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is being rolled out across Portugal beginning in April 2018 and Tavira is on the list for it to be delivered in English, (in other towns it will be in Portuguese). The course.. Read More

Copacabana – Panoramas of Rio de Janeiro

Since September 2012, Portugal along with Brazil, has been celebrating the year of Portugal in Brazil and Brazil in Portugal.  The celebration “Year” has involved a range of artistic and scientific exchanges between both Countries.  The aim of the year is to showcase a young, modern and innovative country, in which the economy, the arts, science and business play a central role.  The celebrations continue until Portugal Day, on 10th.. Read More

The route of cork

Did you know that there is an interpretation room in São Bras do Alportel Museum, dedicated to Cork?  The town has a long history of its production and extraction as well as the creative use and development of the product.  This room is where the Cork Route Tour starts, if you sign up with the Rota da Cortiço Association.  They offer a range of tours for the young and those.. Read More

Books, London Book Fair and Tavira reading “flash mob”

A couple of years ago a few book enthusiasts organised an event for young people at the Library in Tavira.  The idea was that children of different cultures would come together and share their favourite books and read in their own language from those books.  Children practiced their reading aloud to an audience and each other and on the performance day they were very excited about being heard and being able to.. Read More

Maria João in Tavira for improvisation workshop

A unique opportunity is available to work with the colourful, Maria João in Tavira on 25 and 26 May 2013.  “She is the best contemporary Portuguese jazz singer” so says Tela Leão “and will be coming to help people explore jazz improvisation”.   “16 people have already signed up and there are only 4 places left” . Maria will be sharing her extensive knowledge and the tactics she uses to.. Read More

Photo exhibition in Alportel – Portugal seen by its Foreigners

A group of friends have come together, some who are members of the Algarve Photography Group and others who sing together in the Sâo Bras Choir, to create an exhibition of photography in Alportel Museum.  The exhibition was launched on Saturday 6 April with the support of São Bras do Alportel, Camara, who provided publicity and covered the cost of the launch. The exhibition is called – Portugal seen by.. Read More

Diggers and Dreamers – Making a difference in Tavira

The three day “Festival of the Tree” organised by the Tavira Transition Movement, took place in the Library in Tavira and in Mata Santa Rita, during the weekend of 22-24 March.  The main attraction of the festival was Aviram Rozin from Sadhana Forest Auroville, India.  People from many nationalities came together, to learn from his successes and failures.  He shared techniques for growing trees whilst conserving water.  His work in.. Read More

Seascape – A new photography exhibition

This week a new exhibition is being launched. The theme is “Seascape”. The launch will take place at the São Bras Museum. The Algarve Photography Group “is a remarkable, fun and dynamic group of people who have come together to share what they love doing and that is taking good photos”, says Mary McClay the Chair of the group. Mary and the group work together every two months to organise.. Read More

Have a “Red Nose” night

It is that crazy week that happens once a year and that involves you wearing a red nose. This year you can watch the event and have your own fun along with other red nosers at the Bela Romao Croquet Club near Tavira. The club opened its doors in June 2012 and since then, has organised many opportunities to meet with friends, eat good food, relax, play and just have.. Read More