Twenty-five years ago, in the pre-dawn of August 25, 1988, a fire started in downtown Lisbon's Carmo
and quickly spread to Garrett
and others, destroying a total of 18 buildings of the
. Two people were killed, and 73 were injured (60 of them
firemen). Between 200 and 300 people lost their homes. Several of the
historical shops were lost. In terms of the extent of the city
affected and number of destroyed buildings, the Chiado
is considered the worst disaster to strike the city since
. A rebuilding project directed by Portuguese
has, to a great extent, returned the area to its former
glory. The exterior look of the buildings were restored, while the
interiors have been completely renovated. [more inside]
Protests spread to Portugal.
As of posting, two hundred to three hundred thousand people are currently protesting the current government in Lisbon. The majority of the complaints come from the "desperate generation"
, 20 to 30 year olds who, although educated, cannot find a job, while facing increasing austerity measures
, amidst rumors of an Ireland style bailout
. The spark that set off the protests was a youtube video of a song
by the popular band Deolinda (Portugese)
). [more inside]
The Digital Version Of The Nativity Story
, told through Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google, Wikipedia, Google Maps, GMail, Foursquare, Amazon and more. [more inside]
There was a time when it seemed that groups like Frederic Galliano presents Kuduro Sound System
and Buraka Som Sistema
would do for kuduro
what groups like Diplo
and Bonde do Role
did for Funk Carioca
: make it popular with hipsters in the United States. But it hasn't happened yet. Why?
You Are Cordially Invited To A Night Of Fados.
It's Saturday night; you're hidden deep down in one of Lisbon's fado
houses; so pour yourself another glass of thick, blood-red wine; cast your mind back to loves lost and the memory of joys that will never return; take out your most tear-absorbent handkerchief and prepare to indulge in the most melancholy, poetical and maudlin of all urban songs
: Lisbon's Fado
... [More inside.