For the night year, the city of Loulé in the central Algarve hots the Festival Med International Music Festival. 18 bands from across the globe, from as near as Portugal and Spain and as far as Mail and Jamaica, will entertain crowds with traditional, ethnic and contemporary music. The event plays out over two nights, 29 & 30 June, under the warm southern Portugal night skies.
Festival Med is the abbreviated name of this event more formally known as the Mediterranean Festival. What started out as a celebration of sights, sounds and taste of Mediterranean culture, has evolved into one of the largest world music celebrations in Portugal.
Despite the grand staging of world music at the festival, there is still room on performance spaces around the city for music such as reggae, blues, samba and soul. Chamber and classical music can also be found here.
The program for major artists is below…
19:30 – ORQUESTRA DO ALGARVE (Portugal) – Igreja da Matriz
20:30 – RARE FOLK (Espanha) – Palco Bica
20:45 – BLUE DOT (Portugal) – Palco Arco
21:30 – A JIGSAW (Portugal) – Palco Castelo
21:45 – PAUS (Portugal) – Palco Cerca
22:45 – CHEICK LÔ (Senegal) – Palco Matriz
23:30 – THROES + THE SHINE (Portugal) – Palco Castelo
00:00 – A CURVA DA CINTURA with ARNALDO ANTUNES, TOUMANI DIABATE & EDGARD SCANDURRA (Brazil + Mali) – Palco Cerca
01:15 – SMOD (Mali) – Palco Matriz
01:30 – IRICK Deejay (Portugal) – Palco Castelo
19:30 – AGRUPAMENTO DE MÚSICA DE CÂMARA (Med Classic) – Igreja da Matriz
20:30 – THE MENCIAL PROJECT (Spain) – Palco Bica
20:45 – SHELLA NA GIG (England, USA, Spain) – Palco Arco
21:30 – NORBERTOLOBO (Portugal) – Palco Castelo
21:45 – A CARUMA (Portugal) – Palco Cerca
22:45 – JAMAICAN LEGENDS with ERNEST RANGLIN, MONTY ALEXANDER and SLY & ROBBIE (Jamaica) – Palco Matriz
23:30 – YOU CAN’T WIN, CHARLIE BROWN (Portugal) – Palco Castelo
00:00 – BOUBACAR TRAORÉ (Mali) – Palco Cerca
01.15 – SANY PITBULL (Brazil) – Palco Matriz
01:30 – CLUBE CONGUITO (Portugal) – Palco Castelo
Those who like food as much as music will be happy too! Mediterranean flavors are celebrated with cuisines of Spain, Greece, Morocco, Egypt, Italy and of course Portugal, all available. Also, celebrity chef Chakall returns with a space of his own to dazzle, entertain and delight hungry guests.
Color and creativity are on display in the craft stalls lining the streets and alleys. Mediterranean-inspired crafts, from traditional to contemporary, are available. Visitors can browse through jewelry, textiles and clothing, as well as objects characteristic of various world cultures such as Aboriginal didgeridoos, the African djambés or water pipes, and tea services typical of the Maghreb countries.
Praça da Républica, Loulé
Phone: +351 289 400 811
€ 12.00 – per day