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The Music Festival is back to the city until December.

In times of crisis, culture is normally forgotten. But, this is not the case in Coimbra. This year, thanks to the efforts of the organizers, especially the City Council, the FESMUC – Music Festival of Coimbra is back. The artistic director of the event, Augusto Mesquita, ensures that the festival “was not easy to do”. However, “the culture will be, even in these distressing circumstances, an essential value”, adds the director.

Although the program has already started in October, music continues to play in November and December. This month, there are several shows that you can enjoy. The calendar begins on the 2nd, with a piano recital by Ilaria Loatelli in the Conservatory of Coimbra, at 9:30 p.m. At the same time, but on the square 8 de Maio, the Dixie Gringos – Jazz Band start to play.

The next day, at 9:30 p.m., Vladimir Viardo carries another piano recital, also at the Conservatory. The music spreads, at the same time, in other locations. On the 4th, always at 9:30 p.m., the Conservatory receives the Classical Orchestra of Espinho. In the same place and at the same time, but on the 9th, the acclaimed António Rosado gives a piano recital.
The 10th is also a day to celebrate music with several shows around the district of Coimbra. In the city center, again at the Conservatory, it’s the percussion ensemble Drumming’s turn to play. The day after, at 6:30 p.m., the emsemble Palhetas Duplas is also playing at the Conservatory.
On the 17th, at 9:30 p.m., take some time and go to the Sé Velha to watch a majestic Meeting of Sacred Music, which will feature the Chamber Choir “Canticus Camerae”, the Choral Poliphonico of Coimbra and the group White Voices, from the Martiniana Academy. If you want to see the complete program, please consult the official festival’s website in

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