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São João de Braga gets everyone moving

Until June 24th, São João de Braga is back in the city and it is the joy of raids that, this year, takes centre stage in the festivities. The first Saturday of Braga’s Sanjoaninas is marked by street entertainment and sporting activities.

The second day of the São João de Braga festivities begins at Praça da República and the Municipal Market, with entertainment groups performing. This is followed by the eagerly awaited “Braga Capital do Cavaquinho” Festival, at Largo de S. Francisco, which will continue throughout the afternoon. While the second novena to São João Baptista is taking place, the Culture Division of the Municipality of Braga is responsible for the guided tour “Festivals of São João de Braga”, within the scope of the ITINERARIUM program – Knowing Braga through Heritage. In turn, at 10:30 am, Praça da República welcomes, with open arms, the rhythm of the “Todos ao Bombo” initiative. Then, the Alameda do Estádio Municipal is filled with the XVI Mini-Hondas Meeting.

After an exciting early afternoon, with the traditional moments “Rodopiada de Gigantones e Cabeçudos”, in Praça da República, and “Despique de Bombos”, in Rua do Castelo, the Dr. Gonçalo Sampaio Costume Museum opens its doors at the first sanjoanina creative workshop “Tradições de São João” – plastic arts workshop, based on the published book “Tradições de São João”, with illustrator Soraia Oliveira.

The afternoon is also marked by the typical São João de Braga Malha Tournament and the much-desired Black Pig Race, an obstacle course, both taking place in Parque da Ponte. In the centre of Braga, the Dr Gonçalo Sampaio Costume Museum opens the exhibition “Rusgas: A Rusga Joaquim Janeiro” and the Antena Minho / Correio do Minho Popular Festival begins. Simultaneously, the Museu do Traje Dr. Gonçalo Sampaio hosts the second Sanjoanina creative workshop “Cancioneiro Sanjoanino Bracarense” – a workshop on traditional songs, based on the published book “São João Hoje – Cancioneiro Sanjoanino Bracarense”, with Catarina Silva and Rebeca Rego.

During the night, Carlos Ribeiro, presenter José Figueiras, Tiago Maroto and Catarina Campos are responsible for the entertainment at Parque da Ponte. The Sanjoanina after-party returns to Pópulo, a space dedicated to young people, with lots of music in the mix, which, on the second day, features entertainment from Bons Velhos Tempos.

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