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The “freshness” of the 60s: Espinho International Music Festival continues to “rejuvenate” and celebrates “pioneerism” with more than 20 concerts

Summer is currently synonymous with festivals. But it wasn’t always like this and one of the oldest in the country emerged in 1964, when the Estado Novo froze the country in a stuffy and muzzled cultural environment. It was in this context that the first edition of the Espinho International Music Festival (FIME).

“The Academia de Música de Espinho had been created in 1960 and, by the hand of director Mário Neves, gave rise to this festival that was developed and maintained uninterruptedly until 1976. Then, there was an interregnum and it was only resumed in 1985, now with a renewed breath and a different programmatic approach”, begins by telling Alexandre Santos, director of FIME, ready to celebrate the 60 years of an existence guided by constant “pioneerism†.

A 50th edition starts this Friday and there is more than 20 concerts Not to be missed until July 22nd.

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Francesco Giganti

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