The Portuguese Summer Choral Festival is held in the capital and largest city of Portugal, Lisbon. Being Europe's second-oldest capital, Lisbon was once home to the great explorers like Prince Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama, over time becoming a truly global city due to her importance in finance, commerce, trade, entertainment, arts and culture.
In 1755, a massive earthquake together with fires and a tsunami devastated much of Lisbon. Under the guidance and vision of the Marquise de Pombal, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, Lisbon was rebuilt from the ground up with new architecture that had anti-seismic features in what is now known as the Pombaline style of architecture. The new city was rebuilt with well laid out grids and streets in the Baixa area and is now what you would see in Lisbon today. The heart and soul of the great age of exploration, modern tourists will discover the beauty of the picturesque capital, where rolling hills, the Tagus River and Atlantic Ocean flank the shoreline.
The activities of the Summer Choral Festival are concentrated in the Belém cultural district where modern architecture juxtapose with Manueline-style monuments. The serene inner cloisters of the 16th century UNESCO World Heritage Site Mosteiro dos Jerónimos will feature as a backdrop for participants of the festival to perform in; this is in contrast to the modern auditorium of the Centro Cultural de Belém where participants will partake in competition. Located also in this district is where you can find the world famous and original Portuguese egg tarts or Pastéis de Belém.
The festival is also part of the annual Festas de Lisboa festivities organised by EGEAC. Held in June, the festival is a time where tourists and locals alike converge in Lisbon in a month long celebration of local and foreign art, music and culture. The streets, chapels, squares and various art venues come alive with an explosion of art and music in an annual celebration you would not want to miss.
For more information about Lisbon, do visit the official website of Turismo de Portugal at http://www.visitlisboa.com.