An international regular and rich artistic program that contradicts the seasonality of the region. A brand for the territory to become an artistic, cultural and touristic reference. A chance to discover the local cultural heritage through the performing arts and a singular way to travel through the mountains, beaches and villages.


LAVRAR O MAR promotes during the low season, a cultural dynamic in the various localities of the St. Vincent’s Coast and up in the mountains of Monchique. Through a creative and artistic intervention, residents and tourists are invited to discover a local identity that regenerates and renews itself by the hand of the arts.

LAVRAR O MAR consolidates its brand to the region through the fusion of contemporary artistic practices and local ancestral knowledge. It happens in nature (valleys and beaches), historical and contemporary buildings (restaurants and bars, municipal swimming pools, distilleries and local organizations). A different experience to discover the cultural dimension of the region, based on its singularity and distinctive natural beauty.distintiva.
LAVRAR O MAR establishes in the region a cultural and touristic route of an european dimension, by promoting transformative encounters in a continuous human sharing between artists, locals and transient foreign populations. We believe that Culture is an asset of exceptional value for tourism.

The program presents unique dance, music, theatre and new circus performances that will happen regularly during autumn, winter and spring, in carefully chosen and non conventional venues. To see, to visit, to experience and to return!


In 2018, we began with artistic residences between January and March, on subjects such as the medronho firewater, the ocean, power and work.

Our program eclodes again on board of a truck TIR, welcoming VIAJANTES SOLITÁRIOS, an intimist play with direction by Joana Craveiro - Teatro do Vestido, which is based on personal testimonials of long-distant drivers, “real road philosophers”.

AS NOITES DAS FACAS LONGAS puts forward a new approach into the mysterious world of this alchemical fruit, medronho. The authors Afonso Cruz and Sandro William Junqueira, and other actors, actresses and musicians will come. An unforgettable journey through the distilleries, through its hidden narratives and romances, to end the story presented last year. To reveal the last drop of this drama. All and only in the mountains of Monchique.

MAR ADENTRO is a community art performance that will gather who dreams with diving to be filled by the waters’ experience and what it can bring as a sign of what drowns us, floods us and saves us also. A swimming pool that contains the wild ocean with its huge waves and storms, this time human storms and that may be transformed for these single nights, into a big Aquatic Theatre setting, wrapped up in holographic mist.

CANTINA results from artistic residences in winter with a maturation time.
The result, a piece of culinary theatre, in which locals and artists participate, will be offered to the audience’s tasting over spring, from May 19th to the 22nd. Drawing inspiration from a text by Bertolt Brecht about power and work dynamics, this piece is born by the hand of the Belgium company LAIKA, which last year brought us PEEP & EAT and that now develops this creation with us, also in co-production amongst others with Antwerp and Valletta 2018, European Capital of Culture.

Between April 24th and 29th we’ll have the contemporary circus again, this time at Campo de Futebol dos Malhadais, in Odeceixe. A performance that shows us a breathtaking relationship between animals (two horses, a crow and three birds) and humans. A rather sensitive and emotionally intelligent dialogue to think about the place of men and animals in the world’s bigger picture. It’s BESTIAS, by the french-catalan company Baro d’Evel.

At last, by the Monte Clérigo beach, an unique and magnificent concert, CREDO, by Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio, led by the composer Mario Tronco. An inter-religious intercultural oratoria that leads the audience to one of the most stunning landscapes of this region to listen to the gods approaching the sun.

And finally, CLOWNS, inquiring about the identity between the man and the artist, reflecting about what it means to be a clown nowadays. A performance that may result tragicomic or, to say the least, unpredictable.

Artistic direction and programming Giacomo Scalisi e Madalena Victorino
A project by COSANOSTRA Cooperativa Crl.


Artistic Direction and Programming
Giacomo Scalisi e Madalena Victorino

COSANOSTRA Cooperativa Cultural

Management consulting
Adelaide Rocha

Telma Antunes

Executive production
Cecília Galvani, Olga Sancho, Sara Palácios, Teresa de Brito

Technical Direction
Joaquim Madaíl