[4>12 /05] The Eurovision spirit is not restricted to the Altice Arena, where the semi-finals and the grand finale of the festival take place, it can also be found in the Eurovision Village at the Terreiro do Paço.
The party atmosphere will go on for nine days, with a daily musical and artistic programme that will range from DJs through street entertainment to classical music in a space created to be a “living room” for all Eurovision lovers. The Beatbombers will play on the opening night, 4th May, followed the next day by DISCOTEXAS which introduces Lisboa at night in a show that initially resembles a DJ set with a narrative component in which the hosts tell the story of music and dance in the city in a collective celebration of the Made in Portugal electronica that emerged in the 1990s and continues to this day. On the 6th May, there are shows paying tribute to three of the biggest names in Portuguese music: Simone de Oliveira, Carlos Paião and Doce, with the festival’s opening ceremony being transmitted live. The South Atlantic is the geographic focus for the action on 7th May, with Africa and Brazil coming together for a night of performances by Banda do Mar and Waldemar Bastos. Then, on the 8th and 10th May, all eyes will turn to the Eurovision Festival’s semi-finals, which will be shown live on the giant screens installed in the Terreiro do Paço. Europe is celebrated on the 9th, while on the 11th Orelha Negra and CAPICUA take to the stage. The final day, 12th May, is dedicated to the final, with a live transmission that will bring people right to the heart of the action now that tickets for the show in the Altice Arena are sold out. In the words of Eurovision’s creative director, Gonçalo Madaíl, the festival is “an atomic bomb of pop and a lot of fun, and it is going to invade the city”. 4th to 12th May, from 10am to 12am, Terreiro do Paço (metro: Terreiro do Paço). Free entry.