Theatre piece on one of Brazil’s biggest environmental disasters and a photo exhibition inaugurate Verão Azul

Verão Azul 9th edition – International Arts Festival, takes place between October 17th and November 2nd, in the cities of Loulé, Faro and Lagos. The Associação 289 in Faro hosts, on Friday October 7th, at 6.30pm, the inauguration of André Príncipe’s Expats, returning to Verão Azul, this time in a solo exhibition format.

© André Príncipe

Also on Thursday, in Loulé, Verão Azul presents Mining Stories, for the first time in Portugal, from the Belgian duo Silke Huysmans and Hannes Dereere, at 9.30pm at Cine-Teatro Louletano. This documental theatre play talks about what was once considered Brazil’s biggest socio-environmental disaster. On November 5the, 2015, a dam on the Brazilian municipality of Mariana broke, causing a mud flood that devastated several villages. Silke Huysmans grew up in Minas Gerais and twenty years later Huysmans went back to Brazil with Dereere for the construction of this intriguing journey, that visits memory, politics, religion, and storytelling. The ticket for this performance is 5€, and it can be bought online or at the Cine-Teatro Louletano’s box office.

At Cine-Teatro Louletano’s dressing rooms, between 6pm and 8.30 pm, it will be possible to watch the premiere of In Between, by Polish artist Paulina Szcesna. This is a 20 minutes performance between artist and one member of the audience, a back-to-back encounter where you can’t look back. In Between is presented on October 17th, 19th and 25th, at Cine-Teatro Louletano and at Teatro das Figuras, in Faro, October 18th, 24th and 26th, between 6pm and 8.30pm. With free entrance, participants should register in advance, by email via

The first day of the festival closes with the inauguration of Verão Azul’s meeting point in Loulé, where João Caiano and Martim Santos spoken word project A journey to the building of Universes, by 2Mikkers – Imaginário e Lágrima will be presented. the show will take place at 11.30pm, with free entrance, at Solar da Música Nova Auditorium, located at Loulé’s Music Conservatory – Francisco Rosado.