Expression of fado

© Fado museum
Cândido Costa Pinto, 1945

A travelling exhibition on the history of fado, from its birth in nineteenth-century Lisbon to the present day, which uses posters, photographs, sheet music, musical instruments, show costumes and accessories, and so on, to illustrate the path to recognition of Lisbon’s urban song tradition.
Records, radio programmes, cinema and television heralded the internationalization of fado from the latter half of the twentieth century with Amália Rodrigues, and this form of singing has continued to flourish and is now held to be a “registered trademark” of Portugal, an icon of Portuguese identity and culture in the world.
Fado is a Portuguese musical genre characterized by a song with melancholic themes accompanied by stringed instruments.


Type of Event Exhibition
Start 28.03.2011 09:00 local time
End 15.04.2011 17:00 local time
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Focal point Delegation of Portugal/Délégation de Portugal
Organizer Délégation permanente du Portugal auprès de l'UNESCO / Permanent Delegation of Portugal to UNESCO
Contact 01 45 68 30 55/59,
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters - Siège de l'UNESCO
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Hall Segur
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