Faro welcomes Rooftop Festival this July

Faro welcomes Rooftop Festival this July

Third edition of the ‘Açoteia – Faro Rooftop Festival’ brings summer sunsets to 35 rooftops, featuring 200 different activities

The ‘Açoteia – Faro Rooftop Festival‘ will welcome the summer sunsets on 35 rooftops across the city, with around 200 activities planned for the two days of the festival, taking place between July 5-6 (Friday and Saturday). Activities include concerts, poetry readings, live radio broadcasts, gastronomic experiences, flea markets, rooftop film screenings, and exhibitions.

Residents and tourists will have the opportunity to experience the city from a different perspective, exploring many different rooftops that are normally inaccessible to enjoy something new.

The festival’s name comes from the typical Algarvian flat roofs that were traditionally used to dry fruits, fish, and collect rainwater. These can be found across the Algarve, giving many homes their unique regional twist.

The festival aims to “revitalise unused spaces in the town and enhance their creative uses” with three main themes: culture, sustainability, and community.

For the first time, the ‘açoteia’ of Carmo church will be open to the public, with stargazing events and kora (an African instrument) concerts, as well as the view tower from the municipal museum.

Faro Council and the municipal theatre organised the initiative, which is also supported by the European Creative Rooftop Network (ECRN), which Faro is a member of, along with several other European cities, such as Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Antwerp, Chemnitz, Nicosia, Belfast, and Gothenburg.

The first edition of the festival took place in 2019 and featured 18 rooftops. Around 7,000 people visited the 35 participating rooftops at the festival’s second edition in 2023.

The festival starts at 6pm on both days. Tickets cost €5 per person for each day and can only be purchased on-site. Certain rooftops offer free admission to children under 12.

Article originally published by Michael Bruxo on Portugal Resident.


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