Portugal: Lisbon’s fado suffers the full brunt of the health crisis
07 December 2020 | 7:08 am
"Many fado houses have closed, others haven't reopened since the first lockdown... I don't have any money left for anything, and the subsidies, we've been forgotten, there are none," laments Sonia Santos, a singer plunged into disarray by the closure of most fado houses in Lisbon, a city under curfew deserted by tourists. Singers or musicians, known as "fadists" are bearing the brunt of the economic and social impact of the second wave of the coronavirus epidemic.
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Sheltering in their homes in Kyiv and Baryshivka, Ganna from the Dakh Daughters cabaret troupe and rapper Alyona Alyona speak to us about the cultural sector's role amid the war in Ukraine. The Dakh Daughters' participation in an upcoming theatre production in France is now hanging in the balance; Ganna tells us why the all-female punk cabaret has always dealt with politics and current events in their performances. And as one of the only rappers to write and perform in her mother tongue, Alyona Alyona explains how her Ukrainian cultural identity has become an important facet of her music.
16 May 2022
This year, France is celebrating Portuguese culture with concerts, exhibitions and performances from the country's top artists. To mark the occasion, FRANCE 24's culture show Encore! takes you on a musical voyage to Lisbon. The Portuguese capital has a sound like no other European city, where a boom in music influenced by African beats is eroding social barriers and making waves internationally.
21 May 2022
Portuguese officials confirmed five cases of the monkeypox disease. The viral infection, rarely found in Europe, has also been reported in Spain and Britain.
15 Nov 2022
Lisbon is the best city for digital nomads in 2022. Portugal ranked 4th in the ranking of countries for digital nomads in 2021 and became the only European country to be included in the top 10 countries for expatriates to live.
25 Nov 2022
Richarlison scores stunner in Brazil's win over Serbia as Portugal edge thriller against Ghana. Richarlison scored a stunning brace to help Brazil defeat a stubborn Serbia 2-0 after Portugal and Switzerland secured wins earlier.
3 Dec 2022
Two more teams qualify for the World Cup last 16, meaning that there are still 13 squads looking to book their place. If you thought the matches were exciting so far, they're bound to get even tougher over the coming days. Portugal make it through with a double from Bruno Fernandes, as do Brazil despite Neymar’s absence. Plus, Cameroon come from behind in a 3-3 thriller against Serbia, while Ghana beat South Korea 3-2.
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The majority of Portugal fans believe that Cristiano Ronaldo should not start for the national team at the World Cup. In a recent survey conducted by the Portuguese sports newspaper A Bola, 70% of fans said he should be dropped. Ronaldo has struggled to make his mark in Qatar, and has looked off the pace and out of shape.
The beaches of Portugal, known worldwide in the surfing scene, are becoming increasingly popular surfing spots among people with a disability.
While many European countries are struggling to tackle a rise in drug trafficking and drug use, some are looking to Portugal for inspiration on how to successfully reform their judicial and medical response. In July 2001, Portugal decriminalised the personal use and possession of all illegal drugs.
In September of 2022, Spain announced that it would no longer fully honour the Albufeira Convention, a treaty on water transfers to neighbouring Portugal. Extreme drought has left Spanish reservoirs at a third of their average capacity this year, a situation not seen since 1995. Portuguese farmers are finding the decision difficult to accept, while environmentalists say it creates a major ecological risk.
Japan's Kazuyoshi Miura continues his playing career in Portugal a month shy of his 56th birthday.
Northern Portugal is believed to contain the largest lithium reserves in Europe. These resources have attracted the attention of some of the world's largest mining companies. London-based firm Savannah Resources wants to open the continent's biggest open-cast lithium mine in the village of Covas do Barroso by 2026.
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