The year of the rooster

The year of the rooster

As part of the 54th Worldwide Sketchcrawl, Portuguese Urban Sketchers met in the most international square in Lisboa to join and sketch the Chinese New Year celebrations. There is no formal Chinatown in Lisboa, as opposed to many other cities in the western world where the Sketchcrawl will take place. But the Martim Moniz square is doubtlessly where the Chinese community is most present in the country. What stops it from becoming a proper Chinatown is that many more immigrant communities share the square as a hub, and they all add to the cultural…Read more
Blossom / Florir part #5

Blossom / Florir part #5

(previous article / artigo anterior) Besides the reward of having thousands of people from all around the world appreciating their work, there's another incentive for the townsfolk to invest in a good design, fine detailing and a perfect execution: at the end of the Festas do Povo de Campo Maior, one of the streets is elected the most beautifully decorated street. Para além da recompensa de ter milhares de pessoas de todo o mundo virem conhecer e apreciar o trabalho feito, há outro incentivo para os nativos investirem numa boa decoração, com detalhe e execução…Read more
Blossom / Florir part #4

Blossom / Florir part #4

(previous article / artigo anterior) While the locals go about their lives, working and/or maintaining their streets and the tourists meander the themed streets of Campo Maior, another group of locals work around the clock, making sure that everybody is safe and emergencies are immediately taken care of - the Voluntary Fire Corps. Enquanto os residentes trabalham e/ou cuidam das suas ruas e os turistas percorrem as ruas engalanadas de Campo Maior, um outro grupo de nativos trabalham 24 sobre 24, tratando que todos estejam seguros e que as emergências sejam imediatamente atendidas -…Read more
Blossom / Florir part #3

Blossom / Florir part #3

(previous article / artigo anterior) Campo Maior is in the mouth of many people in the region. TVs broadcast footage from the busy streets during the festivities side by side with reportages boasting the success of the municipality in the business and social arenas, although some of the locals might have a different opinion on the matter. Campo Maior está na boca de muitas pessas da região. As televisões transmitem imagens das ruas movimentadas durante as Festas, lado a lado com reportagens sobre o sucesso do município nos sectores económico e social, apesar…Read more
Blossom / Florir part #2

Blossom / Florir part #2

(previous article / artigo anterior) It was still weekend, so the hordes of tourists flocked to see the streets of Campo Maior blossoming with the intricate paper flowers, still fresh from the Enramação. Cameras, smart phones, tablets and selfie sticks of all kinds, colors and shapes - much like their targets - were continuously aimed and shot both at the details of the flowers and the general panorama of each street. Some were aimed at these unfortunate boys who, because coming home late at night and not wanting to disturb their sleeping fellow travellers, decided to…Read more