Teatros del Canal, Madrid, present the fourth edition of the Fado Festival, which will take place in the Red Room from 19 to 21 June with concerts by Mísia, Gisela João and Carlos do Carmo. As well as these acts, the festival programme includes an exhibition, films and conferences.
The Portuguese Ambassador in Spain, José Tadeu da Costa Soares, attended the opening of the Festival, alongside the coordinator of the artistic programme, Rocío Casado, and the Festival organizers, Álvaro Covões and Frederico Carmo.
The Ambassador, José Tadeu da Costa Soares declared to The Diplomat that it “is one of the great cultural events” that Portugal organises in Spain during the year, “and it touches upon only one element of the Portuguese cultural panorama; the fado”.
In addition he underscored that “the fado is well received outside Portugal, even more so in Spain, because of the similarities it shares with what is sung in Andalucía”. He added that this Festival has “a great reception, because it sells more than 90% of the available tickets and because it has quality singers”.
The Portuguese diplomat concluded that Spain and Portugal currently enjoy very good communication, but in the cultural aspect “it seems they turn their back on each other”, and because of that, this event favours a coming together between the two neighbouring countries.
Mísia will open the Fado Festival in the Sala Roja, Thursday 19 June. This self-taught musician revolutionised this type of song, modernizing it, and because of this in Portugal she is referred to as “the anarchist of the fado”.
Friday 20 June, we will be able to enjoy what many critics consider to be the most important voice to flourish in the fado since Amália Rodrigues, Gisela João, whose first album has already left a mark on the contemporary fado.
Finally, Saturday 21 June, the chief ambassador of Portuguese culture, Carlos do Carmo returns to Madrid to present his latest work, Fado é Amor. Accompanied by the trio of musicians José Manuel Neto (Portuguese guitar), Carlos Manuel Proença (fado viola) y José Marino Freitas (acoustic bass) and some guests, he presents what has been termed a journey through the last fifty years of the history of Portuguese music. For this one off performance in Madrid he will bring guest musicians Cristina Branco, Marco Rodrigues, and Raquel Tavares.
In addition the Festival is enhanced by conferences and film projections. More information available on the Theatre website.