The event, which has been described as “pioneering” by the organisers, will involve a dozen stages across the city rooftops focusing on art, sustainability and community.
Music, dance, cinema, exhibitions and theatre for the entire family are all scheduled to take place, while there will also be several workshops held in the various locations.
The event came about following the First European Meeting of Rooftops, which was held in January and brought together a group of people from Faro and the Algarve, as well as people responsible for rooftop festivals in other European cities.
Following the meeting, Faro Municipal Council has now launched this new initiative to help rediscover the city’s rooftops, formerly used for drying fruits, collecting rainwater or for neighbours to socialise.
“The Açoteias (rooftops) are part of a culture of the south and their uses have been diverse over the years, however the new dynamics of urban life have caused the Açoteias to lose these traditional uses,” said Paulo Santos, Vice president of Faro council in the culture sector.
He continued: “Nowadays, cities around the world are looking for environmentally responsible and sustainable solutions for these spaces and this is also the goal of the festival, to allow citizens to look at the rooftops from the point of view of their cultural potential.”
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