The municipality of Faro was awarded the "Best Autonomous Cultural Program Award" on Wednesday at the "Authors Prize" of the Portuguese Society of Authors (SPA).
"Why Faro? Due to the remarkable growth in the quality and quantity of cultural offer, bringing to the Algarve a dynamism that is no longer seasonal and has received a very important membership of the population, "said Tó Zé Brito, vice-president of SPA, at the ceremony held at the Centro Cultural de Belém and broadcast live on RTP2.
The Mayor of Faro, Rogério Bacalhau, received the award on behalf of the municipality, highlighting "the commitment of cultural agents working with dedication throughout the Algarve region and the technicians of the municipality, capable of doing much with little."
"It is a prize that shows that there is an Algarve beyond the sun and the sea. Who wants to be at the level of the best that is done in Portugal and in Europe; which encourages us to increasingly support the cultural sector; which encourages us to the challenges of the future: to continue to focus on culture as a factor for the development of societies and which motivates us to present the application for European Capital of Culture in 2027, "said the mayor.
The Alameda Beer Fest, Baixa Street Fest, Faro Guitars Festival, Jazz Days and Festival F are some of the city's main events.
In the area of Heritage, the Roman mosaic of the Ocean God was classified National Treasure and finished the restorations of the statue D. Afonso III, the Renaissance portal of the former Convent of Our Lady of the Assumption and the Hermitage of Saint Anthony of the High.
Faro also received the «Surrealism Exhibition», with the Millennium BCP Foundation, and the tile exhibition of the Ramalho Ortigão collection, among many other initiatives in the area of fine arts, especially the partnerships with Serralves and the Museum of Fine Arts Seville.
On the other hand, the Theater of the Figures received more than 50,000 people in 2018.
"The SPA Award is awarded to the Municipality of Faro after a year with various cultural initiatives, which reflect the growing involvement of the community, various communities and associations in the municipality. Signs increasingly mobilizing towards the goal of making Faro the European Capital of Culture in 2027, "said the farense autarchy, in a statement.