The Fado of Coimbra, Fado ao Centro House – Cultural Center

The Fado de Coimbra is a highly stylized genre of fado music originated in Coimbra. Among its most notable and historical adherents are guitarist Carlos Paredes and singer Zeca Afonso, while the Orfeon Académico de Coimbra (the oldest and most famous academic choir in Portugal) and the Associação Académica de Coimbra are important organizations that promote the culture and stylings of this subgenre of music. In addition, Coimbra has a contemporary music, boasting several live music venues, and some of the most popular clubs and music festivals in Portugal. Moreover, theConservatório de Música de Coimbra, musical departments of the Associação Académica de Coimbra and the music programmes of the Faculty of Letters are noted by many of top music schools in the country.

Orfeon Académico de Coimbra, the oldest and most famous academic choir in Portugal, an autonomous organization of the students’ union Associação Académica de Coimbra, established in 1880 by a law student of the University of Coimbra (UC), and the fado section of UC’s Associação Académica de Coimbra itself, are important organizations in Coimbra fado promotion and preservation.

According to tradition, to applaud fado in Lisbon one would clap his hands, while in Coimbra cough as if clearing the throat is the typical way.

Fado ao Centro® is a Cultural Center committed to promote Fado from Coimbra, with daily LIVE concerts at 6:00 pm.


A magical space with a unique atmosphere were you can find the most genuine and traditional Fado from Coimbra everyday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm

Only the best musicians of the city play in the center and Fado They are selected According to the highest standards of this 160 year old tradition.

Even if you can not witness the concert, do not miss the oportunity to visit our space and get to know a little bit more about Fado from Coimbra. There are always musicians playing and rehearsing so you can change experiences and learn more about the Portuguese Guitar and this unique musical tradition.

Bewtween 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm we have the “Afternoon Rehearsals” with our regular musicians. You can always pass by, watch and play Them que anyone want’s to bring Their Own instrument is welcome to join Also!

At 6:00 pm we start our daily 50 minute long concert of Fado from Coimbra. If you are interested in Attending our concert, we strongly advise you to make a reservation in order to Ensure your seat.

Do we not serving any kind of food, so we are totally committed to the concert itself, enabling the genuine atmosphere and cultural and musical experience unique in Coimbra!

Following the work que Has Been held by this Cultural Association, you’ll find different exclusive editions of books, CDs and DVDs related to Fado from Coimbra. Fado is the Centro®, Undoubtedly, the place to visit in Coimbra!

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