Last Monday I travelled to Coimbra. It's 50 km from where I live. A woman was handing out flyers and invited me to enter a new Coimbra's fado house. I was pleasantly surprised by the discovery. Fado ao Centro is a very nice place. I lived in Coimbra for several years and listen to fado several times but it never crosses my mind to hear fado of Coimbra at home. Why? What makes sense for me is to go out and see and hear fado in its own environment. Perhaps thinking of people like me, a group consisting of current or former students of Coimbra had the idea to create the Fado ao Centro, a space where people can listem to fado right in the middle of the historic city centre and at very convenient times. Fado sessions occur during the day so even the older population more reluctant to leave home at night can go there and enjoy it. The room is cozy, with a sober but welcoming decoration. In one of its walls there's a permanent exhibition on the history of fado and its interpreters, which can be visited for free. During fado sessions curtains of the windows are closed and the room plunged into darkness and that's typical of night serenades, recreating thus an intimate ambience, the ideal setting to hear the song of Coimbra. The show's at the final of the day also includes a taste of wine port. Visit the website of Fado ao Centro where ou can listen to some fado and enjoy some photos of the performers.
Fado ao Centro is in the centre of the city and Tricana woman statue.
Inside the room.
The spot where students play and sing.
Permanent exhibition on fado's history.