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Starting in late April or early May the village festivals take place across Portugal. Associated with local saints, the festivals are an opportunity to eat, drink, and generally be merry. Nowadays, the evenings are given over to bands who tour the country, playing a mixture of traditional Portuguese music and covers of rock songs.

This year Função Publika came to Oiã for the Festa em Honra de S. Geraldo. Typically theatrical, the band thumped out sterling versions of songs from Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge, traditional Portuguese music and an excellent Beatles medley. Sadly we only stayed for the first half of the ‘espectaculo’, but when we got home at about 1am they were still playing. Well done, Função Publika.

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