Festival - Tomar Living Statues


13 September 2013


On Friday morning, opposite S. João Church, the Madonnari Street Painting team (Naples) will begin a large 3D painting which will be developed in the course of the event.

The Madonnari are urban artists that paint on street pavements using charcoal, chalk and pastel. The term Madonnari comes from their origins in Italy, around the 16th century, when folk artists painted colourful madonnas in Rome's squares. 


The Living Statues arrive at night with the return of some of the best performances from the previous year. In the historic quarter, 8 artists will bring 7 medieval everyday scenes to life. All the award-winning participants from 2012 will now turn the walk between “Capela de Santa Iria” and “Praça da República” into an unforgettable experience.


The fantasy of “Histórias aos Quadradinhos” (Comics) also comes to ”Praça da República” where 8 of the 20 Living Statues performed by children in 2012 will  also be present for this year’s festival.


After breaking the world record of staying more than 5 hours suspended in the air, using only one single support, António Santos / Staticman returns to the Festival and will surprise everyone with an air-suspended  Living Statue.


The weekend evenings will last late into the night. There are many outdoor cafés to enjoy as well as magical live performances with music, jugglers and fire eaters all around the area.

14/ 15 September 2013 


From the troubadours and Fernão Lopes to Camões and Pessoa and to Saramago,  Tomar Living Statues Festival makes a journey through the History of Portugal guided and told by our great writers. 


From the Christian Reconquest to the 20th century the past is told in magical words and comes to life in 20 scenes recreated by 43 guest artists.

In the streets and gardens of the historic centre, along the river banks or among the shades of “Mouchão Park”, discover 15 scenes that will appeal to everyone's imagination.


On foot along the medieval walkway or riding on the free bus, the Festival goes up to “Castelo dos Templários” (Castle of the Templars) stopping at “Capela de  Nª Senhora da Conceição”. From here, after a visit to "Romeiro" (a literary character), head towards "Porta do Sol". At dusk and in the evening the medieval walls will be the setting for 4 more striking moments from our History and Literature.



After this journey to the past we are counting on the public's vote to elect the Festival's 3 best scenes. The following criteria will be used: Immobility, Expressiveness and Make-Up.

Only one scene per ballot may be voted on for the vote to be valid. The results will be announced in “Praça da República” at 20:00 on Sunday.

There is free admission to all the performances in the programme of the 4th Tomar Living Statues Festival.


On Saturday and Sunday mornings Mouchão island will host "Histórias aos Quadradinhos" (Comics), one of the Festival's highlights.

In the afternoon, close to the playground along the left bank of the river, children can have fun at "Via Verde Júnior" with games, bouncy castles, face painting and many other activities...


In this oasis for families with babies and small children there will be a Baby Care Area equipped with all the facilities for parents to provide their little ones with all the necessary care and comfort. 


 “Tomar Living Statues Photo Contest” will take place during the Festival. The subject of the photos entering this competition can be any one of the performances and activities presented during the event. Anyone can enter!


Interested in taking part? Download the rules and the registration form, and then come to the Festival to take pictures, have fun and take part in the competition. 


At the stroke of midnight the Living Statues leave. After a perfect day, night life begins all around the outdoor cafés of the historic city centre.

Music and the magic of fire will bring the party to life. You will find them everywhere, from the old "Rua Larga" (Marquês de Pombal) along "Corredoura" (Serpa Pinto) all the way to Praça da República. Here the Madonnari Street Painting artists will be creating a large 3D painting during the entire Festival.



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