Tourism-Dependent Local Music Ecosystems under COVID-19

The Case of Lisbon’s Fado Music Scene

Authors

  • Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros Institute of Heritage Sciences (INCIPIT)
  • Maria Teresa Lacerda INET-md/NOVA FCSH

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jwpm.23350

Keywords:

fado, tourism, heritage, COVID-19, Lisbon

Abstract

This article aims to examine the changing atmosphere of Lisbon’s fado live music scene during the COVID-19 crisis. In particular, it focuses on the effects of the lockdown measures and other public health restrictions on the casas de fado, a distinctive type of local institution where music, tourism and the quest for experiences of authenticity intersect. Drawing on in-person and remote interviews with venue owners, local association representatives, musicians and patrons, as well as on content analysis of local media sources and participant observation, this article argues that the pandemic has revealed the fragility of a local music ecosystem overly dependent on foreign tourism and institutional support for its survival. Moreover, it discusses how the changes brought about by the pandemic has impacted fado practice itself.

Author Biographies

Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros, Institute of Heritage Sciences (INCIPIT)

Iñigo Sánchez-Fuarros holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Barcelona. He is a Ramón y Cajal postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Heritage Sciences (INCIPIT), Spanish National Research Council (CSIC). His research focuses on urban sound and music cultures. He is currently the Principal Investigator of two research projects: Sounds of Tourism (PTDC/ART-PER/32417/2017) and HabitPAT (PID2020-118696RB-I00).

Maria Teresa Lacerda, INET-md/NOVA FCSH

Maria Teresa Lacerda is a musician, scientific officer at the Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos em Música e Dança (INET-md) and a PhD student in Ethnomusicology at NOVA FCSH. Her dissertation, entitled “The City is Deserted: Live Music Ecologies in Lisbon, between the Sovereign Debt Crisis and COVID-19”, explores the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Lisbon live music scenes. She is part of the research team of the FCT-funded projects “Sounds of Tourism” and “YouSound”

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Published

2022-06-22

How to Cite

Sánchez-Fuarros, I., & Lacerda, M. T. . (2022). Tourism-Dependent Local Music Ecosystems under COVID-19: The Case of Lisbon’s Fado Music Scene. Journal of World Popular Music, 9(1-2), 77–98. https://doi.org/10.1558/jwpm.23350