Hot Rhythms throughout the year
With “Afro-European” influences, jazz is music which flows freely and impromptu. It is a sound that once appreciated, you never want to leave.
Apart from bars and clubs which offer live jazz music, there are several jazz festivals during the year across the region.
The season starts in May with the festival Maio Lindo Maio in Portimão. There are concerts in the Amphitheatre of the Fairs and Exhibitions Park, near the renovated river waterfront area. The Lagoa Jazz festival takes place in June at the Parque Municipal do Sítio das Flores in Estombar.
Summer is the best season for concerts and festivals. In July, the Loulé International Jazz Festival welcomes famous Portuguese and other internationally renowned musicians, and sponsors jam-sessions and records fair. This occurs in the Cerca do Convento. There are also the Jazz Nights in Alvor in July.
The Lagos Jazz Festival takes place in the warm August evenings. This also includes workshops and Jam Sessions. There are concerts at the Lagos Cultural Centre, and jazz performances throughout the city.
Faro ends the year in the best fashion with the Faro International Jazz Festival “Jazz no Inverno” (Winter Jazz), featuring Portuguese and internationally renowned musicians at the Lethes Theatre.