As I talked about in a previous post, recently there was a small but crowded arts festival in Porto called Serralves em Festa. In that post I focused on the contemporary dance performance that I watched, so I thought it was time to share a selection of the rest of the photos I took with Zoe.
This year, Serralves em Festa will be the only “summer festival” I attend (last year, it was as well), as I’ve been too busy to go to the others. I used to go to an average of three festivals every summer, even working in a few of them selling merchandise. I stopped going for a number of reasons, but the main one is that I have so little time for vacation now that the mere thought of spending it all in a loud crowded place leaves me mentally exhausted. Serralves em Festa is different, though, as 1) it has a variety of art performances, including museum exhibitions, theatre plays, circus and dance performances, and of course, concerts; 2) it’s free; 3) it’s crowded but not that loud; 4) my friends still go; and last, but definitely not least, 5) it’s in my hometown, so I sleep at home. And, at this point in my life, sleeping in my own bed, instead of in a tent with drunk people making noise just a few feet away, is an absolute blessing.