The 14th Alkantara Festival, a biennial international festival dedicated to the performing arts, will be held in the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, between May 25 — the coming Wednesday — and June 11.

The shows will take place in a total of eight venues, including three theatres.

The programme features more than 20 performances from Portugal and abroad, including from Japan, Israel, Democratic Republic of the Congo,  Argentina, Brazil, France and Belgium, among others.

João dos Santos Martins; Sofia Dias & Vítor Roriz; Cláudia Dias; Gonçalo Waddington and Luna Pena are performers from Portugal.

In an editorial posted in the festival’s website, Thomas Walgrave and the Alkantara Festival team say many of the featured artists “have one thing in common: their looking back is never nostalgic, but always critical, delicate and sharp, often with a serious sense of humor”.

The 14th Alkantara Festival is an initiative of the cultural organisation Alkantara Associação Cultural, funded by the Portuguese Government.