The diversity of Porto's festival offer did not go unnoticed by the organiser of the Iberian Festival Awards. Various events and venues in the city are nominated for the awards for the year that is ending. Voting is running until January 16th.

The year 2022 brought some novelties and several “old acquaintances” to the festival calendar in Porto. One of the highlights, according to the organiser of the Iberian Festival Awards, was the Porto Cello Festival. The first edition of the event took the sound of the cello all over the city and earned eight nominations. Four of them will be decided by public vote (Best Small Festival, Best New Festival, Best Indoor Festival, Best Lusophone and Hispanic Festival) and another four that will be decided by the jury (Best Touristic Promotion, Best Cultural Programme, Contribution to Sustainability, Contribution for Equality).

The JN North Festival earned the nomination in the main category: Best Major Festival, which will be awarded by public vote. At the same time, Alfândega do Porto, where the event took place, is nominated for Best Venue (the award will be decided by the jury).

In the Best Academic & Young Festival category, Queima das Fitas do Porto is a must: it is nominated for the award whose decision will be dictated by public vote. Lastly, there are two city events nominated in the Best Non-Musical Festival category. The Festival da Comida Continente and Porto Beer Fest are candidates for the award.

See the full list of nominees here. Voting is running until January 16th, and the Iberian Festival Awards gala is scheduled for March 11th.

The Iberian Festival Awards, organised by APORFEST – Associação Portuguesa dos Festivais de Música, annually award the best music festivals and events in Portugal, Spain and in the Lusophone and Hispanic world.

Festas de São João do Porto won the award for Best Festivity at the 5th edition of the Iberian Festival Awards, in 2020, thanks to public vote.

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