Festival Med #1

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Urban Sketchers Algarve got the Municipality of the small Algarvian town of Loulé to invite a group of sketchers to record one of the largest and most peculiar events in the southern part of the country – Festival Med. It started out thirteen years ago as a Mediterranean music fest, but went on to become a well-known world music festival. The peculiar thing about Med is that it happens on several stages inside the old town. A complex system of guards and fences keeps out those without ticket – thus, inadvertently recreating the market tribute system of medieval towns.

A Câmara Municipal de Loulé, através dos Urban Sketchers Algarve, convidou desenhadores Portugueses a visitar e desenhar a cidade durante um dos maiores e mais peculiares eventos no sul do país – o Festival Med. O que começou há treze anos atrás como um festival de música mediterrânica, veio a tornar-se um reconhecido festival de música do mundo. O especial do Med é que é realizado em diversos palcos no interior da cidade antiga. Um sistema complexo de guardas e grades mantém aqueles sem bilhete fora da cidade – inadvertidamente recreando o sistema de tributo mercantil das cidades medievais.

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Of course one of the entry points of the premises had to be the iconic – and nearly centennial – Loulé’s market. Inside, the fishmongers, fruit sellers, palm readers and meat cutters got the tourists’ attention, while these stepped inside seeking shelter from the sun. The sidestreets were covered with colorful cloths to mitigate the extreme heat. All the while, busy sketchers sketched all their way to lunchtime.

Claro que um dos pontos de entrada no recinto, ou na cidade, teria de ser o icónico – e quase centenário – Mercado de Loulé. Lá dentro, peixeiras, fruteiros, videntes e talhantes chamavam a atenção aos turistas que entravam, abrigando-se do sol. As ruas laterais estavam cobertas por grandes lonas coloridas, para mitigar o calor extremo. No entretanto, desenhadores ocupados desenhavam o seu caminho até à hora do almoço.

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Author: Pedro Loureiro

I was born on the southwestern-most tip of Europe, in Lagos, Portugal. A childhood of legos and sandcastles led me to architecture school, but an adolescence of doodling drove me to sketching and later to illustration. I like to sketch, to travel and to chop vegetables into tiny manageable bits. I also like maps. The older the better!

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