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More than 40 artisans in the public’s return to the centenary Handicraft Fair of Romaria d’Agonia
Starting this Saturday, the Public Garden of Viana do Castelo will receive 43 artisans from the municipality in the centenary Handicraft Fair of the Pilgrimage of Senhora d’Agonia, after their absence in 2020, due to the covid-19 pandemic. Between typical embroidery and filigree, from Minho cuisine to traditional handicraft items made from gourds, the meeting is once again scheduled with the public.
The fair, which dates back to 1917 and usually precedes the beginning of the Pilgrimage, opens on Saturday, August 7th, at 4:00 pm, with free entry, subject to the maximum number of people staying in the venue, in compliance with sanitary rules.
The artisans, exclusively from the municipality of Viana do Castelo, have a nine-square-meter stand and the items to be exhibited feature at least 50% of handcrafted or manual work in their final product, in addition to the traditional Minho gastronomy exhibitors.
Handcrafted items in gourds, entirely handmade and with motifs and inspiration from the typical costumes of Viana do Castelo, rope work, fabric hardened with the rope filigree technique, covered with gold leaf, silver and bronze or even the traditional ones Viennese costumes and accessories, Viana dolls, scarves, shirts and embroidered vests make up the exhibition and sale, which will fill the city’s main garden over the next two weeks.
The event will run until the 18th of August, from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm, from the 19th to the 22nd of August to take place from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. At the same time, the digital exhibition of the Handicraft Exhibition of the Festas de Nossa Senhora d’Agonia, launched in 2020, to make up for the absence of the fair due to the pandemic, will continue to be available. This online directory, which integrates the official page of the Pilgrimage, allows artisans to promote their products, art and contacts, as was the case in previous editions of the fair, with a portfolio and photographs of their work.
The Fair-Exhibition of Handicrafts of the Festas de Nossa Senhora d’Agonia dates back to 1917, when the first exhibition of regional handicrafts took place, reaching the present day as an anchor event in the city, with dozens of artisans.
Simultaneously, also on Saturday, the street exhibition, photographic and documental, “Memories of the Romaria d’Agonia”, which tells the story and evolution, showing even its most emblematic moments, will be on display in the Public Garden. ‘QR Codes’ and mobile phones allow you to travel along the several decades of the Pilgrimage.
Also on Saturday, at 10:00 am, the Festas Committee, VianaFestas and the Municipality of Viana do Castelo will open to the public the Information Post dedicated to the Pilgrimage, installed in the Antigos Paços do Concelho building, in Praça da República.
As has happened in recent years, during the month of August, the space will receive an exhibition with all 46 poster proposals for the 2021 party, which 30 authors presented this year to the organization, including the winner, designed by graphic designer Ricardo Miguel Ferreira, to which the butler Renata Guisantes gives her face.
The Romaria d’Agonia will take place this year from August 19th to 22nd, with a program that includes moments only online and some with audiences.