In this year's edition, 16 masters of the art of immobility, divided into 14 artistic frames, will incarnate characters based on different themes, such as the nativity scene, mythology, the great personalities of history, religion, in a route that will stretch across Rua Coronel Figueiredo, Rua 25 de Abril and Largo 5 de Outubro.

This edition will highlight two anniversaries, the celebration of the centenary of José Saramago's birth (1922-2022) and the 25th anniversary of Mother Teresa of Calcutta's death, which will be marked with two live statues.

As usual, the live statues will be the subject of two votes, one by visitors and the other by a jury, where visitors will be able to vote for their favourite statue. At the end of the event, there will be a prize for the best statue, chosen by the public, and another prize for the best statue, chosen by a jury.

This event, a pioneer in the south of Portugal, has been in the city of Lagoa for the past eight editions, and aims to divulge and dignify the artistic creation of this unique performing art, and at the same time animate the centre of Lagoa and stimulate local commerce during the Christmas season.

On Friday, 16th of December, you can visit the Living Statues between 3pm and 6pm. On Saturday, the 17th of December, you can visit the Living Statues between 10am and 1pm with admission being free on both days.

"The Living Statues is a unique event that has been attracting many visitors’ every year, contributing to help and promote local commerce. I believe that this year's edition will once again be successful and so we count on everyone’s visit”, affirmed Luís Encarnação, mayor of Lagoa.