With a whiff of summer in the air, the Festivities of Lisbon offer a welter of entertainment activities that will invade Lisbon’s oldest neighbourhoods, luring lure thousands of people into the streets.
Santo António - Lisbon’s patron saint - overseas the city’s festivities that reach their highpoint on the evening of June 12, with a procession of popular marches through the Avenida da Liberdade. On the afternoon of June 13, a procession in homage to the popular Saint - who is believed to foster marriages - winds its way through the streets around the Sé cathedral and provides a special religious flavour to the festivities.
June is the main month of these festivities, but they also extend throughout the summer, including a wide variety of events such as fado, jazz and other musical performances, fado in the city’s trams, cinema and theatre festivals, sports events and exhibitions.
Festas de Lisboa opening show: Firebirds starts off Festas de Lisboa’12 by recreating an air race with six daring pilots and their bizarre flying machines. This theatrical street performance will draw a route through the center of the city, accompanied by the live music of the French band Fanfare le Snob. Created by the Titanick Theatre, Firebirds is inspired by Humanity´s innate characteristic of overcoming its limitations, in the constant search for new goals and challenges and represents a wild fight to get the best position upon arrival. In a tribute to the Lusitanian Heritage, the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity and the values associated with the historical legacy of Portugal, the end of the show is marked by a Fado interpretation by the band Frei fado d’El Rei, with lirycs by the Portuguese writer valter hugo mãe.
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