In the week that another edition of the MED Festival should take place in Loulé, canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Municipality, in order to keep alive the presence of one of the biggest events of its kind in the country, prepared some initiatives, so that the public can live it, even if in a different way.
Thus, the streets, squares and lanes typical of the historic quarter are already decorated with unmistakable colored cloths that, year after year, welcome the public that visits Loulé to enjoy concerts and all the artistic fusion linked to the cultures of the world.
The Festival logo was also placed in some areas that usually host MED shows such as the Castle, the Market or the Cloister of Convento Espírito Santo.
And because this year it will not be possible to experience live shows that are surprising, sometimes explosive, sometimes intimate, but always unique, the experience will be made through memories. During the four days (from the 25th to the 28th of June), some videos will be launched online, through the Festival's Facebook, that bring memories of the best moments of the MED, in a kind of “Best Of” for those who follow this event and that this year feel the nostalgia for absence.
The Municipality stresses that “the MED Festival is an anchor event for Algarve tourism, with a very significant return on the economy of the region, particularly in our municipality, but it is also an element that is already part of our sociocultural life. Unfortunately this year, due to this health crisis that we are experiencing, it will not be possible to carry out MED in the usual way. However, the City Council could not let this moment pass by because of the importance and full relationship of affections that connect the Louletan community and lovers of the world's music to the Festival ”.
It should be noted that, starting in January next year, there will be a series of online concerts that will make known the artists confirmed in the 2021 poster, as well as a band contest in which the winner will guarantee a performance at the MED 2021 Festival. .
On the other hand, the artistic moments integrated in the Cineteatro Louletano program, with the seal “Off MED”, and which have since been rescheduled, will happen in the coming months. This is the case of Cristina Branco's concert, in which the artist presents her latest work, “Eva”, to take place on October 5th.
MED is a World Music festival that asserts itself as a European reference, with a differentiating concept and a strong identity that has allowed it to reach high levels of international notoriety. Annually, at the end of June, the Loulé History Zone is invaded by sounds from different parts of the globe but also by colors, flavors and smells that reflect the cultural diversity that is the hallmark of the event.