The month of June came, and with it the fun in Lisbon. We are talking about the Saint Anthony’s celebrations that will entertain the city for an entire month. Lisbon will be filled by the smell of grilled sardines, tents, music and lots of colourful basil plants, ribbons and garlands.
Enjoy the festival to the maximum!
It is a moment of celebration, dance and singing dedicated to the great achievements of the fields, that are never heard of during the year. Everybody is having fun the same way, no-one is out of line when it comes to Saint Anthony’s festivities. Happiness settles in the city, a little bit in every corner. The program is already available, and we leave here a taste of what to expect in Lisbon this month.
Under the adage of the 170th anniversary of the artist Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, the program of this year’s festival was inspired by the cheekiness of the artist himself. It led to the organisation of different events and activities which will take place during the month of June. Another year of festivities in Lisbon under the authority of EGEAC, the municipality’s events company. The entity celebrates, too, 20 years of existence.
1. The Saint – Campsites and Tradition
Saint Anthony is a beloved saint of this city, and he is giving us the perfect excuse to party all month of June. As tradition goes, we have campsites in almost all the corners of the city. What we understand by a typical campsite in Lisbon – a place of entertainment, where people dance on folk music, eat sardines, steaks, sweet rice and fritters. They buy basil with a famous message on a small block dedicated to love, as Saint Anthony nudges couples towards marriage. Weddings are top of the list of the events, as well. As it is tradition by now, on the 21st of June, we have various weddings happening at the same time, transmitted live on television and celebrated by all those attending the ceremonies. This year there will be 16 couples who will tie the knot. On the 13th of June, we have the procession dedicated to the Saint. Adding to his honour, there is the exhibition ‘Saint Anthony – from popular to contemporary’, in the Espaço Arte da Terra, until the 3rd of July. We also have the exhibition of the thrones of the Saint Anthony taking place on the 4th and the 5th of June.
2. Let the Pimba in Peace
The 10th of June is an important day, as well. The country celebrates Portugal’ Day and the entire city will attend a unique concert – a tribute to the Pimba music. We understand by Pimba a more folk type of music, pretty much criticized by the lack of quality. However, this Pimba is sang by the comedian Bruno Nogueira and by the singer Manuela Azevedo, accompanies by the brilliant Metropolitan Orchestra. The event is out of the ordinary and the music is reinvented by famous artists of Jazz and Classical Music.
The 10th of June, at 22h, in Terreiro do Paço square
3. The Popular Marches
The popular marches are part of the tradition for more than 8 decades now, and they represent the various neighbourhoods of the city. Rivalry emerges between different groups which prepare themselves an entire year, paying attention to visual aspects, choreography and music. The inspiration theme comes from the artist Bordalo Pinheiro, who celebrates its 170th anniversary. The marches will occur on the night of the 12th of June in the Avenida da Liberdade, and counts on the participation of the Boavista neighbourhood, which is attending for the first time this year.
The 12th of June, at 22h, in the Avenida da Liberdade
4. The Shopping Theatre
Launched seven years ago, this project awakens the traditional shops of Baixa through theatre. The Shopping Theatre presents short plays within the interior of the old shops of Baixa, as a way of giving another type of identity to these spaces. At the same time, trying to make them not disappear from our memories. In each shop, an author is invited, that through a study of its space and history, imagines a fiction story that could be part of the memory of the place, its historical and commercial identity.
During the days: 16th, 17th, 18th, 23rd and 25th of June, in the shops of Baixa Pombalina
5. Fado in the S. Jorge Castle
There are three fado concerts during the night, in the São Jorge castle. The shows make the best of the hot summer nights with music, surrounded by a magical scenery. On the 16th, Carminho will be present, following by José Manuel Neto and guests the next day, closing with Ana Moura, in the last night.
During the days: 16th, 17th and 18th, at 22h, in the São Jorge castle
Free entrance – Depending on the capacity and by acquiring tickets from the 30th May to the 5th of June, at the ticket office of the São Jorge castle.
6. Buraka Som Sistema in the Closing Ceremony
Buraka Som Sistema will close the festivities in Belém, as a way to say farewell to this musical project belonging to the stages. On the 1st of July, the group will ‘lock with a key of gold’ the Festivities of Lisbon which will entertain the city for a month, ending, at the same time, its worldwide detour. However, this will not be a definitive ‘goodbye’ for Lisbon. The month of July is promising, as well, with lots of events waiting to happen, music shows, visual arts and rhythms that will continue to energise the city.
The 1st of July, at 22h, in the Torre de Belém garden
Translation by Ioana Bota