Faro gets new theatre as 'National Capital of Culture'

in Algarve · 11-09-2004 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Portuguese Minister for Culture, Maria Joao Bustorff, announced last week that the 'Faro National Capital for Culture' programme will be presented to the public at the 2005 Carnival, though he has officially confirmed a theatre is in store for the city as part of the project.

Faro was declared as the next 'National Capital of Culture' in July of this year by the Committee of Ministers, therefore leaving a relatively short time to commence preparations. Minister Bustorff did however certify the construction of a new theatre, purpose-built for the event, having signed the theatre's contract along with Faro Mayor José Vitorino, 'witnessed' by Minister for Tourism Telmo Correia, and António Lamas, responsible for the 'National Capital of Culture 2005' Faro programme,
According to Lusa, the minister guaranteed that the theatre "would be completed as soon as possible" and, "is a key element of Faro being the 'National Capital of Culture 2005'". The theatre is predicted to be ready by March 2005, and represents a government-funded investment of 623 thousand euros, plus a further five million euros from European funds through the Operational Culture Funds.
Mayor Vitorino also revealed that, along with the 'Municipal Theatre', a Cultural Centre would also be developed by renovating two of the city's old municipal buildings, the 'Casa das Figuras' and the 'Solar do Capitão-Mor' Minister Correia confirmed he is "totally available" to collaborate with the project, assuring his commitment to "qualify national tourism, linking it to areas such as culture and sport", before Minister Bustorff rounded-off by saying "next year Faro will be the Capital, will serve to develop the whole Algarve region".


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