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Sebastianas are back for another year full of animation

Freamunde, 11 and 16 July

The festivities of the city of Freamunde, celebrated in honour of Saint Sebastian, take place this year between 11 and 16 July. With more than 120 years of history, the Sebastianas have been growing in importance and dimension.

Initially a religious feast in honour of Saint Sebastian, they are now a mixture of the sacred and unholy feasts, with a cultural and animation part much more marked, but without ever losing the popular root. Over the past few years, they have been getting greater public participation, being currently one of the largest cultural, traditional and tourist events in the north of the country, having attracted in recent editions more than 500 thousand visitors!

In 2024, the animation is in charge of several artists, such as Cais Sodré Funk Connection, Paulo de Carvalho and Banda de Freamunde (Cultural Week), Expensive Soul, Tiago Bettencourt, Dillaz, Ana Moura, Moullinex, Rui Vargas and Nuno Lopes highlighted.

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But the animation of Sebastianas goes far beyond music. The “Bombos Night”, a free mess with more than 1,500 revellers playing the drum, is one of the strongest and with a tradition of 20 years! Fireworks and pyro-musical is one of the most appreciated traditions, having even born the pyrotechnic concept of “final à Freamunde”.

The Majestic Procession in honour of Saint Sebastian, with 15 “andores“, extends along a route of more than 2km through the streets of Freamunde typically decorated with an extensive and majestic carpet of wooden ribbons painted in various colours (waste from the furniture industry in the region).

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There would be no Sebastianas without the Allegorical March – this year under the theme “Freedom – with several moments of animation such as samba schools, drum groups, circus animation and floats, the latter produced in the workshops of Sebastianas by volunteers who dedicate their time and art to the community, another of the highlights of Sebastianas.

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The Sebastianas program includes PUTRICA, the Public Art Festival of the city of Freamunde, which aims to raise awareness of the integration of art in urban space. The project, with more than 10 years, aims to intervene and rehabilitate imagistically vacant spaces and mischaracterized urban identity, giving them new cultural and artistic values.

The Curator of the Festival is Freamundense Frederico Draw, who every year invites artists of national and international renown to participate in the event. In 2024, they accepted the invitation Alma, Andrarte, Draw, Dub, Glam, Fedor, Godmess, Malibu Ninjas, Mesk, Pedro Podre, Quê, The Caver, Third, Thunders, Virus and Trip.

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The Sebastianas are always preceded by the Cultural Week that, in 2024, takes place between 5 and 10 July with various activities and concerts performed by cultural associations of the city, but not only.

Do not miss all these activities and many more. Admission is free and animation is guaranteed.

Always confirm with the concert hall or promoter the conditions of access, confirmation of the date or time, ticket place of sale, price, and availability.

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