Terras sem Sombra March agenda: Prizes, Serpa and Odemira

Terras sem Sombra is proud to have been nominated for the Iberian Festival Awards in the categories of Best Small Festival and Best Cultural Program, considering a recognition to the work that has been developing throughout these fourteen editions.

In March, Terras sem Sombra toured two more counties of Baixo Alentejo, Serpa (March 3 and 4) and Odemira (March 17 and 18), where the two upcoming concerts deepen the emotional and musical ties between Hungary and Portugal.

In Serpa, the festival presents in a world premiere the Ten Hungarian Popular Songs of Fernando Lopes-Graça, 64 years after they were composed, highlighting the relations between some works by the extraordinary luso composer Fernando Lopes-Graça and the popular Hungarian songs in who was inspired. This concert puts together, with the interpretive guarantee of the Liszt Academy, Portuguese and Hungarian artists, with the lyrical singer Cátia Moreso and the Magyar singers Hanga Kacksó and Áron Vára, accompanied by the pianist Nuno Vieira de Almeida, and Béla Szerényi, in accordion, flute and “tárogató”.


In the concert of Odemira, the protagonism belongs to the Vena Piano Trio. This ensemble, which is arousing great interest in European stages, brings together artists from three countries, all of them trained at the highest level in the Liszt Academy: the pianist, Andrea Fernandes, is Portuguese and collaborates with the Budapest Opera, while the violinist and the cellist, Erzsebet Hutas and Kamila Słodkowska, are respectively Hungarian and Polish. The Portuguese composer Eurico Carrapatoso joins the concert, sharing the program with masters of the 19th and 20th centuries: Kodály, Hubay and Chopin.

Saturday afternoons are dedicated, from 3:00 pm, to find the extraordinary monuments, generally inaccessible to the public.

In Serpa, on March 3, Terras sem Sombra opens the doors of the Convent of Santo António, one of the most notable examples of late Gothic architecture in the Alentejo and a milestone in regional history. The visit counts on the guidance of António Martins Quaresma (historian) and José António Falcão (art historian).


As for Odemira, the target is one of the windmills of the “Moinhos Juntos” site. This equipment, recovered by the Municipality, is able to grind. Visiting it offers an opportunity to know a protoindustrial heritage worthy of attention, but also to reflect on the sustainable use of renewable energies, one of the great challenges facing today’s society. With the guidance of Ana Tendeiro Gonçalves (anthropologist), António Martins Quaresma (historian) and José Matias (museum technician), on the afternoon of Saturday, March 17th.

Both programs are closed on Sunday with the safeguard of biodiversity initiatives which are going to practice to theory. In Serpa, we will know and defend the olive groves with 2000 years that produce an olive oil much appreciated for its unique characteristics, with the agronomist engineers José Pedro Fernandes de Oliveira and Francisco Garcia. And in Odemira, we set out to discover the geography and biodiversity in the cliffs, agricultural fields and clumps of Cape Sardão, which represents a habitat of great interest for wildlife. The advisors are Rita Balbino (biologist), Carlos Cupeto (geologist) and António Martins Quaresma (historian).

All activities are free.