Fireworks, Music and... Everyone to the Streets

​In São João's night, the party takes place all over the city and the streets are filled with people. Among toasts and sardine barbecues, there are rituals that are not lost, such as watching the fireworks in Ribeira. This year will be almost 20 minutes display and more than 150 thousand pyrotechnics firing from the Luiz I bridge and several platforms on the river Douro.

And because without music there would be no São João, there will be more than ten stages spread throughout the city, with concerts for various music tastes, all with free access.

The night opens with an improbable concert in Avenida dos Aliados. Marta Pereira da Costa debuts live in Porto with her quintet, promising to win over the audience with the Portuguese guitar. Besides fado and national music, you will explore sounds like jazz, Cape Verdean “mornas” or Brazilian “chorinho”. In this unique concert, specially designed for this São João's party, Marta Pereira da Costa will have two special guests on stage: Gospel Collective choir and the rapper Bezegol from Porto.

After midnight, it will be João Gil's turn to go on stage and play hits he wrote, which are part of the music memory of many Portuguese people, such as "Saudade", "125 azul", "Timor", "Postal dos Correios", "Solta-se o Beijo" or "Perdidamente". With new and surprising arrangements, some of the songs will have new sounds by the voice of five renowned guests: Ala dos Namorados, Ana Bacalhau, Carlão, João Pedro Pais and Tim.

But the party does not end at dawn. As usual, after the revelry, the aftermath is with classical music on the afternoon of the municipal holiday of June 24th. Starting at 4 pm, the “Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa” returns to the largest room of the city for the São João Concert, with conductor Francisco Ferreira as musical director and trumpeter Rubén Simeó as soloist.

At the same time also begins the traditional “rabelo” boat regatta, on the Douro river. Organised by “Confraria do Vinho do Porto”, the competition will celebrate its 36th edition this year, bringing together 18 boats on a route from Cabedelo to the Luiz I bridge.

As you can see, São João of Porto’s festival is made of many festivals.


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Published 06-06-2019