Sad but true. The less-than-satisfactory global economy has taken its toll on one of the Algarve’s most popular events for 2011. Following is an excerpt from the official Loulé press release:
Municipality of Loulé Algarve cancels Noite Branca/White Night 2011; municipality prefers not to compromise the quality of the event
The Municipality of Loulé, the organizer and promoter of the White Night, has made the decision to cancel the initiative this year. The decision is based on the need for fiscal restraint of the municipality, since this is an event that involves a great investment and that, being free, does not generate direct financial returns. Thus, the municipality chose not to compromise the quality of the event with a simple issue, and postpone its implementation. The municipality hopes to resume organization of the event as soon conditions allow.
Portugal Confidential hopes to see you at White Night 2012!!
The event marks the end of the Summer season in the Algarve. The entire Loulé city center from the old market, to the castle, to the old town and beyond, are decorated with white. Street performers mingle with and perform for the crowd. Stages are set up in strategic locations for a variety of music intended to chill spectators on the warm evening night. Shops and restaurants are open late too, often providing discounts and specials for the festive evening.
Of course, the dress code is strictly WHITE. And, surprisingly, everyone rises to the occasion with attire…from simple to silly…of pure white.
For this editor…this is truly an event not to be missed. White Night grows and becomes more fun year-after-year. Everyone is in great spirits. A superb way to enjoy a late Summer evening. See you there.
Location: from Largo S. Avenida Francisco José da Costa Mealha, passing across the Historic Zone of Loulé. Just look for the castle and you will see the crowds.
More information: Noite Branca Website
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