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Events and festivals
The regional tourist office, Porto & North of Portugal Tourism, supplied the data for this month-by-month roundup of events and festivals in Porto:
In January, takes place, with concerts of "erudite music." Another highlight is the traditional "Janeiras" singing, when groups of New Year's carolers sing traditional songs in the streets or from door to door.
February brings Fantasporto, a.k.a. the Oporto International Film Festival. The event, which runs from late February through early March, is designed "to promote films that seek new forms and methods of filmmaking."
March offers the, which has attracted traditional-music performers and aficionados from Portugal and abroad since the early 1990s.
Depending on the year,occurs in March and/or April. Most of the festival action takes place outside Porto in the Minho (including the city of Braga, where the locals go all out with religious processions, a surrogate Christ dragging a cross, etc.).
Porto has a long history as a textile center, and May'sputs a new spin on an old tradition with runway shows that emphasize both new and established designers.
Other May events of interest to English-speaking tourists include the university'scelebration (which includes a parade of students floats), " " (carpets of flowers in the road for religious processions), and the " " or International Theatre Festival.
June 24 is the Guardian article calls "one of Europe's liveliest street festivals." Porto & North of Portugal Tourism writes: "The night of St. John's does not require any organizing or grand attractions. It begins prior to the day, with cascades, decorations on common patios and in the streets. On the night of the Saint, people go out into the street and celebrate, playing with the traditional little hammers.", which a
Another June event is theor Rhythms festival, which celebrates traditional music of ethnic groups around the world.
In July comes, a series of concerts based on a more European musical tradition.
After the baroque musicians have packed up their instruments, theheats up the already warm days of August. The week-long event is designed to showcase new bands.
From late September into early October, young pianists strut their stuff at the.
Another October event is theFado song genre.(also a tradition in Lisbon), which is dedicated to the traditional Portuguese
The Portugal Fashion, which dresses international "top models" in clothes by leading Portuguese designers, and the .runs from the last weekend of October into early November, and it's followed by two other November events:
Finally, December features the(a good opportunity to buy crafts and other local gifts) and all kinds of Christmas decorations and entertainment.
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