Jorge Sampaio, former Portuguese President dies 10 September 2021. R.I.P.

Portugal mourns the loss of a giant Dr Jorge Sampaio (1939-2021) who was President from 1996 to 2006. Prior to that he was Mayor of Lisbon. A lawyer, an exceptional man who fought for justice and good causes not only in Portugal but also internationally, a president to the Portuguese people regardless of one’s politics and position he was open to all, an exemplary politician with a long career in politics, an old school gentleman.  He was 81 years old. Condolences to his family and may he rest in peace.

FEIRA DO LIVRO LISBOA 2021 – BOOK FAIR 2021

The Lisboa Book Fair (Feira do Livro de Lisboa) is holding its 91st edition from 26th August to 12th September 2021. Publishers with various stalls will be selling their books at special prices. Open Monday to Friday from 12.30pm to 10pm, Saturday 11am to midnight, Sunday 11am to 10pm.

Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy 2021 Cascais (2nd Year): June 4th and 5th

On 4th and 5th June 2021 the 2nd Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy will take place in Cascais beginning at 9am at the Marina de Cascais with the firing of cannon at 11am from the Forte de Santo Antonio de Barra. As in last year’s event the race is to focus on awareness to projects on marine conservation and protecting the oceans, one of the Mirpuri Foundation’s main themes.  It has the support of the Cascais Town Council and the Clube Naval de Cascais. This weekend also coincides with the stopover of The Ocean Race Europe which includes 12 VO65 and IMOCO 60 vessels starting on 6th June at 1pm. During these pandemic times wearing masks and social distancing still apply for everyone.  Further information at https://mirpurisailingtrophy.com/ 

Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy (1st): 27 and 28 June 2020 Cascais to Sesimbra

The 1st Mirpuri Foundation Sailing Trophy will take place on 27th June 2020 starting at 10am in Cascais (Clube Naval) and sailing to Sesimbra.  Ends on 28th June 2020. Organized by the Mirpuri Foundation with the Clube Naval de Cascais and the Cascais City Council (CMC) this is a plastic-free sustainable regatta which aims at bringing awareness to marine conservation and the oceans.

CURT WILSON ALUMNI BIG BAND Cascais July 2019

The Estoril Coast was treated to a unique concert on Friday 19 July 2019 at the Teatro Mirita Casimiro in Monte Estoril.

Organised by the Cascais Jazz Club The Curt Wilson Alumni Big Band entertained the audience with great music from the big band days. There was a guest appearance from well-known Portuguese saxofone player Nana Sousa Dias as well as Jean-Marc Charmier who played trumpet, both regulars at the Cascais Jazz Club.

For an hour Curt Wilson and his band entertained us with non-stop jazz and big band music. The band get together every few years as Mr Wilson’s band comprise, as the name implies, his former students.  All are professionals working in other fields such as doctors, dentists, Vice-presidents of corporations. When we asked him if they got together often Mr Wilson’s reply was that they only had a few days to rehearse as they all live in different states in the US from Texas and Chicago to Boston and have other jobs. The result however was a superb evening of nostalgic and memorable music of jazz and big band.