Zeiterion Performance Arts Center is hosting the Street Festa – Viva Portugal on Saturday, May 4. This year’s 4th edition of the festival brings once again the tastes, sights, and sounds of Portuguese culture and heritage to downtown New Bedford. The event is free, and you don’t have to be Portuguese to participate in this family-friendly festa. All are welcome!
The Viva Portugal – Festa is part of the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center recreational program and has the support of the Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford, Luso-American Foundation for Development (FLAD), DeMello International Center, Art Institute of Portuguese Contemporary Culture, Luso Financial, and NEA National Endowment for the Arts.
The festival begins at 1:00 p.m. and lasts until 7:00 p.m. The program includes culinary demonstrations, folklore, fado, music including the performances of Fall River’s Santa Cecília Band, the popular musical group – Band Faith, the comedians group – The Portuguese Kids, dances of the folkloric ranch – Discovery Language Academy and, at 8:00 p.m. the famous fadistas from Portugal, Camané and Ana Sofia Varela, will perform at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center.
VIVA PORTUGAL STAGE
Folkloric Dance: Discovery Language Academy Folkloric Dance Performance Group
David DeMello and guitarristas perform fado – the evocative, soulful music of Portugal
Portuguese Kids Comedy Troupe: highlighting the funnier side of growing up as kids of immigrants
Band Faith: An eight-member Portuguese-American band
St. Cecelia Marching Band
Camané and Ana Sofia Varela perform at The Zeiterion. Tickets available at the box office.
Watch cooking demonstrations with celebrity Portuguese chefs! See how they create dishes and sample a taste. The chefs are available to sign books after their demonstration.
Maria Lawton cooks a fresh cod dish in a garlic, onion and tomatoes. Known as the “Azorean Greenbean,” Maria has made it her quest to research and recreate the classic recipes of her Azorean heritage for her book, “Azorean Cooking,” now in its eighth printing.
Maria Dias, Cook Book author, Creator of Tia Maria’s Blog, and Chef. Creating hundreds of Portuguese dishes made easy for anyone to cook! Her cook book “Taste Portugal, 101 Easy Portuguese Recipes” will be available for purchase.
Feed your wanderlust! See what’s it’s like to be in Lisbon with photos, videos and Portuguese pastries. Presented by UMass Dartmouth’s Tagus Press and Sagres Vacations.
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PORTUGUESE FOOD & DRINK
The Madeiran Feast: caçoila and linguiça sandwiches and free hot dogs for children
Portu Galo: Portuguese sandwiches and small bites
Day of Portugal: malassadas, cod fish cakes, favas
Ginga! Try the Portuguese sour cherry liqueur served in a chocolate cup on Spring Street
Full Bar: located on Spring Street
Beer & Wine: served by the Feast of The Blessed Sacrament on Spring Street
Pastries & Coffee: served in the Taverna at The Zeiterion.
Mini-Whale Boat Races! Hosted by the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society
Soccer with the New England Revolution! Put your soccer skills to the test with their accuracy kick game!
Read! Browse through a children’s collection of Portuguese books and magazines from the Casa de Saudade Library.
Imagine! Get swept away in the Portuguese-English bilingual story hour by the Casa de Saudade Library.
Crafts! Create paper puppets with Portuguese cultural symbols like the iconic rooster, known as the Galo de Barcelos.
Face Painting! Or as we say in Portuguese “pintar a cara”
Play! Try your hand at jenga, korn hole, and Connect Four
Viva Portugal Partners
Azorean Maritime Heritage Society
Club Madeirense S.S. Sacremento
Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford
New Bedford Day of Portugal
Discovery Language Academy
Prince Henry Society of New Bedford
Tagus Press, Center for Portuguese Studies, UMD
The City of New Bedford
The New Bedford Whaling Museum
The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
Destination New Bedford
Portuguese American Archives
New Bedford Fishing Heritage
Viva Portugal Sponsors
DeMello International Center
FLAD – Fundação Luso Americana
Consulate of Portugal in New Bedford
Arte Institute of Portuguese Contemporary Culture
Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
NEA National Endowment for the Arts
8:00 Camané and Ana Sofia Varela perform at The Zeiterion. Buy tickets here!