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Posted by portugalpress on August 21, 2017

Mar Shopping Algarve – the mall that is due to open next month at the IKEA complex in Loulé – is hosting a job fair between Thursday, August 31 and Saturday, September 2.

Organised in conjunction with Portugal’s employment institute (IEFP), it will give job seekers an opportunity to learn more about the vacancies on offer directly from their potential future employers.

The job fair will take place between 11am and 7pm at the IKEA store car park.

Posted by portugalpress on August 21, 2017

The FATT Festival celebrating the didgeridoo and the Australian Aboriginal culture is returning to Fontes de Estômbar, Lagoa, from Thursday, August 31 to Sunday, September 3.

Event organisers, the Associação Portuguesa de Didgeridoo (APD), describe the Fontes as “a wonderful outdoor venue with a natural swimming pool, set on the bank of the estuary”.

The festival, which opens each day from 1pm to 4pm, will feature artists from across the globe as well as a range of handicrafts, therapies, and food and drink stalls. Camping is available on site.

Posted by portugalpress on August 21, 2017

Police in France have shot dead a Portuguese emigrant who resisted arrest after allegedly “threatening several people with a knife”.

The 48-year-old man, who according to reports suffered from psychiatric problems, refused to leave his vehicle and rammed several police cars after officers ordered him to get out.

As he tried to escape, officers fired several shots as a video uploaded to YouTube shows.

The drama unfolded on Saturday afternoon after the man apparently threatened several people with a knife in the town of Montargis.

Posted by portugalpress on August 21, 2017

Faro’s Forum Algarve shopping centre has finally opened its new ‘pet-friendly area’.

The inauguration was originally scheduled for July 22 but was postponed to last Saturday (August 19), which marked International Homeless Animals Day.

Located outside the shopping centre’s main entrance, the pet-friendly area is open to dogs of any breed or size.

But it is not a place where owners can simply “dump” their pets. It has a strict set of rules, Forum Algarve’s manager Sérgio Santos told Barlavento newspaper.

Posted by portugalpress on August 21, 2017

The first stone has been laid at the Almancil crèche being built on Rua do Centro Comunitário.

The project is the brainchild of the Associação Social e Cultural de Almancil (ASCA) and is backed by Loulé council and the IKEA group (click here).

The crèche will provide places for 157 children up to the age of five and will also include an amphitheatre and several outdoor playgrounds and gardens.

It will cost around €1.5 million to bring to life, €200,000 of which is being covered by IKEA.

Posted by portugalpress on August 21, 2017

Castro Marim is hosting the 20th edition of its ‘Medieval Days’ (Dias Medievais) fair this week.

The event started on Wednesday (August 23) and is running until Sunday (August 27), allowing visitors to experience what it was like to live during the Middle Ages.

The main festivities happen inside the town’s castle, including fairs, medieval tournaments on horseback, an exhibition of instruments of torture and even a ‘royal medieval banquet’.

Posted by portugalpress on August 21, 2017

Art Academy Marina de Lagos is holding an open air cultural event, called ‘Art in the Marina de Lagos’, on September 30 from 3.30pm to 7pm.

Event sponsors Marina de Lagos and Cais J Café will present ambient music by Wale Bakare (Kapa Dois Center) alongside Bacisko Susso on the electric Kora.

The Marina de Lagos gallery will show an exhibition of works by several international artists (participants of the Art Academy) and will be open from 11am to 7pm (except Saturdays and Sundays) until October 30.

Posted by portugalpress on August 21, 2017

Safe Communities Portugal (SCP), an association dedicated to crime prevention and public safety, has produced a series of forest fire prevention leaflets for tourists.

Based on information provided by the National Civil Protection Authority (ANPC), the leaflets are in English, Swedish, French, German, Norwegian and Italian. Some of the embassies representing these countries have uploaded the documents for their nationals.

Posted by portugalpress on August 21, 2017

Swedish furniture giant IKEA is selling two of its latest environmentally-friendly creations “exclusively” at its Loulé store.

The electric Folkvanlig bike and Pendla scooter are being billed as “energetically sustainable”, costing €679 and €269, respectively, for IKEA Family members.

Store manager Abdelhak Ayadi says IKEA Loulé wants to help its customers “lead a healthier, more sustainable life”.

Posted by portugalpress on August 21, 2017

The old tradition of going for a swim in the sea when clocks strike midnight on August 29 will be celebrated once again this summer in Lagos' Cais da Solaria and neighbouring village Praia da Luz.

Known as ‘Banho 29’, the event will begin in Lagos at 3pm with several “traditional games and musical entertainment provided by Rádio Utopia”.

At 8.30pm, there will be a dance performance followed by a swimsuit competition at 9pm.

Festivities continue at 10.30pm with a performance by Portuguese singer Quim Barreiros, while the sea dip is scheduled for midnight.

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