Festival of São João 24th June

The festival of São João happens on all the islands 24th of June. It’s a typical and interesting event, linking the sacred and the profane, with creative masks colouring the processions along the beaches and in the city centre.  Men walk in boats and will ask for change, so make sure you have some with you.

The festival of Sao Joao is a passionate affair involving folk dancing, singing and street parties. A fire is lit to warn off evil spirits and protect the fertile land as women dance the sensual Kola Dance while calling out their song as the sound of the drums becomes louder and more intense.

The jovial street parties involve a symbolic representation of pirates who stole from the local people. Performers dress up in costumes representing ships, demanding gifts from passers by.