Living Statues of Lagoa

In what has become a popular annual Christmas event, the Municipality of Lagoa hosted 15 performers in December. Living Statues are a popular form of busking throughout the world and are common on the busy streets of Lisbon, as well as in the Algarve during the height of the tourist season.


Coffee with the legendary Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa

The Christmas event was a great opportunity for us to experience several performances in one location. Along with friends we enjoyed a sunny Saturday morning in this town which is about 15 minutes from Portimão.


A perfect morning for enjoying the performances


An elaborate costume

There weren’t nearly as any people as we expected so we had plenty of time to interact with the performers and appreciate their talents. The costumes were amazing and very well crafted, obviously representing many hours of work in preparation.


The Ice Queen

The patience and discipline required to carry out this form of street performance is significant. The performers remain totally still until surprising a passerby with an unexpected movement or sound. Their abilities and costumes are rewarded by tips from the audience. Usually a tip is acknowledged by some form of gesture or activity.

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It becomes even more challenging as a couple


A recording accompanied this DJ

We were impressed by the originality and variety of performers in Lagoa. Watching the rapt faces of children as they waited for a movement or a blinking eye was part of the pleasure. of course there are always those who sometimes go too far in trying to create a response but for the most part everyone seemed to enjoy the performances.


The post man was particularly good


A friendly bar maid


The use of pedestals is common

We try to repay street performers who go above and beyond in originality and talent and on this occasion there were several who caught our eye and appreciation.

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Even Napoleon was portrayed

Hopefully Lagoa will continue to sponsor this performance in future years and we will be certain to return next holiday season.


Bare feet added to this performance



About Tim & Anne Hall

We sold almost all of our belongings and left our home in Nova Scotia in April 2016 to experience as much of the world as we could. We spent over a year slow traveling in Latin America and Europe, and are now living happily in the Portuguese Algarve, Portimao to be specific. We are gradually chnging the focus of our site to feature images of Portugal. Stay tuned - its a work in progress.
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9 Responses to Living Statues of Lagoa

  1. I just wrote a little bit about the living statues in Havana. This whole event in Lagoa looks amazing! I had to really look at the one of Pessoa to be convinced he was living (still not convinced!). I love the queen with the baby, and Napoleon is very smart – at least he can move his legs a little. I always worry they’ll get skin cancer from all the makeup. Great post!

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    • timannehall says:

      Thanks Alison. We have enjoyed your Cuban series and especially the last one with your perspectives of the street art there. The living statues are quite amazing and take an extra amount of dedication. The amount of makeup they use is significant so you’re probably right to be concerned about the effects. Best wishes to you both.

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  2. Jen Hall says:

    Hi guys! I am still trying to wrap my head around the preparation and patience the performers must go through. Very cool! Hugs from the east coast xo

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    • timannehall says:

      Hi Jen and thanks for the comments. It was neat to see so many in one place as typically there are a couple on the streets of Lisbon or one of the towns here. They seem to be gaining popularity worldwide and there is even a world championship now held in the Netherlands. Take care.


  3. Joe says:

    I am happy to see the recognition of these under-appreciated costume and makeup artists. I am not sure why, but I must admit that I usually ignore them on the street. You have inspired me to stop next time to admire their talents and considerable efforts.

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    • timannehall says:

      Hi Joe. Happy New Year to you both! Until last year we tended to pass by rather quickly as well. As with many things, once you take the time (or have the opportunity) to slow down and pay more attention things look different. We do appreciate the considerable effort and wrk that goes into their performances. Cheers!

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  4. Such fun to relive the day: the gorgeous sunny weather, the wonderful performers and of course, a day spent with friends! Anita

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  5. Jean Pulley says:

    Hi guys,
    Could you please tell me what was in the background of the picture of the “Post Man” ?
    All the very best for 2018 from Alberta!!!


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    • timannehall says:

      Hi Jean and a very Happy New Year to you as well. In the background was a lady entitled “Celtic Goddess with Harp”. She was a living statue who played the harp when people gave her a tip. She is seated in a small pavilion. Cheers, Tim & Anne


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