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Posted by portugalpress on January 09, 2018

Al-Mutamid, one of the Algarve’s oldest and most established music festivals, is returning to the region this month. Bringing a variety of world music with it, the festival will see bands performing in Lagoa, Vila Real de Santo António, Loulé, Albufeira, Silves, Lagos and Olhão between January 26 and February 24.

Musical group Samarcanda, which performs traditional music from the Maghreb (northwestern Africa) and the Middle-East, will take the stage first at the São José convent in Lagoa on Friday, January 26. It will perform the following day at VRSA’s António Aleixo cultural centre.

The festival will return a week later with the Abu Tamam Ensemble, known for their take on Middle-Eastern music and dance, which will perform on Friday, February 2 at Olhão’s municipal auditorium and the following day at Silves’ Mascarenhas Gregório theatre.

Lagoa’s municipal auditorium will welcome the festival yet again on Friday, February 16, this time with a show by Vandalus, an ensemble that combines flamenco with oriental music. The group will put on a show the next day at Albufeira’s municipal auditorium.

Al-Mutamid comes to a close with two shows by Al-Bashirah, which will bring a mix of Arab music, Sufi whirling and Tanoura dance to the Cine-Teatro Louletano in Loulé on Friday, February 23 and Lagos’ cultural centre on Saturday, February 24.

All shows start at 9.30pm.

The festival is organised by Ibérica Eventos e Espectáculos and named after the great poet Muhammad Ibn Abbad (Al-Mutamid), the third and last ruler of the taifa of Seville in the 11th century. He was named governor of Silves when he was just 12 years old, and after the death of his father Abbad II al-Mu'tadid in 1069, he inherited Seville as caliph. He died in Aghmat, south of Marrakesh in Morocco, in 1095 after being dethroned seven years earlier.

Tickets, with varying prices, can be booked at the venues: São José convent (282380434); VRSA cultural centre (281510045); Olhão auditorium (289700160); Silves theatre (282440800); Lagoa auditorium (282380452); Albufeira auditorium (289599645); Cine-Teatro Louletano (289414604); Lagos cultural centre (282770450)



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