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Sunday – planting trees in the Mata forest, near Tavira

Trees for planting

Around twenty people came to the Mata forest, near Tavira, (including one family with two small children) to plant trees on Sunday, 26 November. Young people and some people with years behind them mingled and worked together on a warm morning and into the afternoon. Around seven nationalities were represented, including Portuguese, Italian, German, Belgium, Swiss, French and British. The focus was the land. The aim was to not only.. Read More

Planting trees for resilience – Sunday 26 November 2017

Planting trees in the Mata

Five years ago a group of enthusiastic people, some dreamers, some with solid plans and hopes came together in a forest near Tavira, to plant trees. Some brought along their skills. Others brought tools and labour. The idea was born out of a small community group of friends who wanted to be part of a global vision under the umbrella of the Transition Movement. So what is the Transition Movement?.. Read More

New – History tours of Tavira

IMTours1

As part of her master’s degree, Isabel Macieira has published several studies about the History of Art. She is the author of the book – “A Pintura sacra em Tavira, séculos XV a XX – estudos e inventário” (The Sacred Painting in Tavira XV to XX centuries). As a teacher between 1983-2014, she developed with various groups an awareness of local history involving the natural and built environment. So it.. Read More

Burguer King Lear – tumultuous play and an opportunity for reflection

Burguer King Lear

As part of the commemoration of Shakespeare’s death 400 years ago this year, a film version of the play King Lear was shown on Wednesday 22 November in the library in Tavira. Produced in 2006 by Director João Garcia Miguel, this interpretation conveys an inner and outer turmoil that arguably reflects current global themes. While validation of love is the theme of Shakespeare’s King Lear, the decision to ostracise which.. Read More

International literary evening at Tavira library – Wednesday 16 November

Tavira Biblioteca

A mixture of Portuguese, Swedish, German and English, poems, stories and songs will be shared tomorrow night in Tavira Library (Wednesday 16 November) (6:30 doors open for 7:00 start). A few of the 15 Swedish writers visiting Tavira this week, will share their latest work alongside local writers and six students from the Escola Secundária Dr. Jorge Augusto Correia.  The students will perform poems by Álvaro de Campos – the heteronym of the Portuguese.. Read More

November – Writers and Art in Tavira

Tavira Biblioteca

A group of Swedish writers are in Tavira this week, 12-19 November 2016. The group are called “Magic – writers without boundaries.” Led by Barbara Fellgiebel from Algarve Friends and Literature Association some of them will be peforming their work along with local writers at Tavira Library on Wednesday 16 November (6:30 doors open for 7pm start). Jazz music on piano will welcome people to this International literary event. The Portuguese writer.. Read More

Swedish writers get creative in Tavira in November

Tavira river and town

Fifteen Swedish writers will visit Tavira from 12-19 November 2016 for a week of literary and networking events. Barbara Fellgiebel from Algarve Literature Friends Association (ALFA) will lead the published writers who are planning to share some creative moments with locals. This includes readings and having fun! A Swedish Literary Salon in Moncarapacho has been organised for Sunday 13 November at 2 pm, taking place at the Monterosa olive farm… Read More

Onshore or Offshore – Oil, Gas, Drilling in the Algarve

no oil gas demo Tavira

Neptune would probably not be happy with what is being planned 40 kilometres off the coast of Faro. Portuguese media are reporting that despite every Mayor in the Algarve being against offshore oil exploration, drilling for gas may start in October 2016. Antonio Costa Silva, president of the Executive Committee of the Partex Group, said there will be no oil platform in front of the beach. Everything will happen on the seafloor… Read More

Bringing the churches to life – A Igreja Matriz de Santiago, Tavira

Igreja Santiago cmt

“Igreja” in Portuguese means “church” and today the A-Z writing challenge is I, so I am drafting a post about a couple of the churches in Tavira. Not all churches in Tavira are used for religious practice. Some have metamorphosed into museums and from that has developed an initiative called “Music in the churches.” These events are organised by the Council (in Portuguese – Camara) or by the Academia de.. Read More

Fracking, flowers and water

Wildflowers 2016

It is the time of year when the wildflowers overtake the hill. Yellows, purples and green intermingle with red and orange. I have just been sitting among the flowers, thinking about this post. The theme is supposed to be fracking. It’s an unpleasant word with destructive consequences. I do not want to write about it, but I will mention what is going on, as fracking in the Algarve could potentially.. Read More