Folk dancing and singing from other regions
The Portuguese cultural richness is expressed by a great variety of ways of dancing and singing, from the North to the South of Portugal. From the influences of nobility to other peoples that inhabited our territory, we will witness an amazing ethnographic richness, compared with the country dimensions.
Fishermen region, people dance in a break between labors on the beach; their exquisite costumes include the traditional seven skirts women wear. The fishermen, the tragedies with sunken vessels and their daily life are the inspiration of quite a lot of fado song, some of which you will listen after the dancing.
In the north bank of Tagus river, Ribatejo marshland, where breeding cattle is made for many generations. Here a very unique culture is born, and the fandango, a dance of competition between men, resemble the sound of horse.
Beira Baixa bears poor soil, in which pasture became one of the most common ways of life. With few men as most would emigrate, the women were left on their own. They would sing accompanied by the tambourine sound, a poor percussion instrument, made of goat skin, stretched in a wooden set square. Their voices would echo at a distance, in the low valleys standing in between granitic mountains.
Trás os Montes
On the small village of Miranda do Douro, surrounded by mountains and isolated by the Douro River that makes frontier with Spain, Tradition from Celtic invasions at lower middle age were kept. Those warrior dances and costumes make un huge contrast with dances from other parts of the country.
In Coimbra, the ancient Portuguese University town, the fado took the form of a ballad, usually sung by students to demonstrate their love for someone or to the city.
In the northern part of the country, between the mountains and the sea, lay the origins of Portugal. This is the only Portuguese region where the whole population still holds on to their traditional dress. The strength of their ways made the Vira, the most typical of their dances, the most common known Portuguese folk dance.
Fado´s hits and Lisbon "marchas"
We finish the night with some of the most popular ever written fados and a form of song related to fado, Marchas. Those are lighter than usual and enhance the virtues of Lisbon neighborhoods, and make part of the dispute between different neighborhoods that occur in Lisbon, during Saint Antony holidays.