Andanças is a festival for the promotion of popular music and dance as the primary means of learning and exchange between generations, knowledge and cultures. Always up-to-date, Andanças aims to revive the social habits of “living” the music and to resume the practice of popular dance events. Andanças implements this focusing on traditional dances, from Portugal and from all over the world, always considering the recovery of musical and choreographic traditions, but also mixing them with contemporary elements.
At Andanças it is possible to learn more than fifty different types of dances:
A result from the synergy between people around the world, who are eager to share their knowledge. From Portuguese, African and American dances to the various European dances: From Hungarians, gypsies, Baltics, Belgians, Italians, Basques, Catalans, from Poitou, the Balkan, Galicia, the Mediterranean region, etc. Besides encouraging the curiosity for diversity, Andanças is trying to remind, that the popular music is (also) a synonym of identity and often a symbol of survival.
Every year since 1996, Andanças unites people from all over the world in a spirit of sharing, meeting and sustainability, as an alternative to other summer festivals. It provides room for dancing, making music, and to experiment, but also for sharing and exchanging ideas for a better world.
The 4 Pillars of Andanças
Dance and Music
we want to sustain and extend the experience of social dances as a festive expression of social cohesion,
learning from each other, keeping the tradition alive and recreating it,
at Andanças, which by now has a life of its own,
and which is contagious
we want to keep Andanças independent of political, commercial or financial ends;
we want a place, where everyone feels motivated to contribute to a common goal,
not paid for their work, but compensated in a fair and creative way,
no matter if individuals, companies or public institutions
we want to continue establishing an Andanças community,
with the people, our partners and the citizens,
and we want to take part in the local development.
we want to keep our aesthetic and ethic principles,
and we want to create a place free of pollution,
for our participants to experience and spread good social, economic and environmental practices.