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Fado – Heritage of Humanity

September 27, 2018 - December 27, 2018


Fado is a performance genre incorporating music and poetry widely practiced by various communities in Lisbon, Coimbra, and Porto. It represents a Portuguese multicultural synthesis of Afro-Brazilian sung dances, local traditional genres of song and dance, musical traditions from rural areas of the country brought by successive waves of internal immigration, and the cosmopolitan urban song patterns of the early nineteenth century. Fado songs are usually performed by a solo singer, male or female, traditionally accompanied by a wire-strung acoustic guitar and the Portuguese guitarra – a pear-shaped cittern with twelve wire strings, unique to Portugal, which also has an extensive solo repertoire.

The dissemination of Fado through emigration and the world music circuit has reinforced its image as a symbol of Portuguese identity, leading to a process of cross-cultural exchange involving other musical traditions.(https://ich.unesco.org/en/RL/fado-urban-popular-song-of-portugal-00563). Since November 2011, Fado is inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The exhibition is about the incredible history of Fado – a Portuguese musical gender also know as “the soul of Portugal”. It is composed by 20 trilingual (English, French, and Portuguese) colored posters at Curtin Hall, 1st floor, left side.

The exhibit may be viewed any days and hours that Curtin Hall is open which is generally Mondays through Thursdays from 7 am to 10 pm; Fridays from 7 am to 8 pm; Saturdays from 8 am to 5 pm; and Sundays from 8 am to noon. The building will be closed on legal holidays and hours may vary during Thanksgiving break and Winter break.


September 27, 2018
December 27, 2018
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Spanish & Portuguese Department


UWM Curtin Hall atrium
3243 North Downer Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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