Portugal in World War I with Peter Booker - Friday 26 May at 11:00 or in Lagoa on Tuesday 30 May at 18:00.

As the centenaries of the First World War disappear behind us, it is important to remember that Portugal also played its part in this dreadful conflict. There are memorials to the war dead in many parts of Europe, in northern Portugal and also here in the Algarve, particularly in Lagos, Loulé and Tavira. In his presentation this month, Peter Booker relates the history of the war and Portugal´s participation on the Western Front. Find out how Portugal played its part both in Africa and in Europe. Why did Germany declare war on Portugal? Why do the war memorials in Portugal show dates which are different from the history of the war? Did Portugal achieve its war aims? After years of conflict, what were the outcomes for this small nation? Join Peter Booker in the municipal libraries in Tavira on Friday 26 May at 11:00 or in Lagoa on Tuesday 30 May at 18:00.

Bach Concert Sunday 28 May at 17:00 at Quintinha da Música, with Varoujan Bartikian.

An extraordinary opportunity has arisen to hear live some of the music written by Johann Sebastian Bach for solo cello. Our friend, the principal cello at the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, will play three of Bach´s cello suites, BWV 1007, 1008 and 1009. These works are thought to be the greatest of Bach´s musical achievements. They are technically demanding, and it was not until they were re-discovered and first recorded by Pablo Casals in 1938 that they became at all well-known. He has played at the Quintinha in a piano duet, and a string trio and a string quartet. His repertoire is enormous, and we are privileged to welcome his talent once again in the Algarve.