“Over 40 candlelit symbols will be displayed in seven areas, highlighting Ibero-American mythology, traditions, gastronomy, and religion”
– July 7, 2023 | Photos: Lagoa Council
The eighth edition of ‘Mercado de Culturas à Luz das Velas’, a candlelit market is taking place in Lagoa until July 9.
The festival celebrates a different culture every year with a unique theme. This year’s theme revolves around ‘Ibero-American Cultures and Rituals‘.
The event brings together around 60 artisans exhibiting their works throughout the town, and several musical and dance performances are expected.
Among the confirmed acts are Son de Cuba (Cuba), Mariachi Mezcal (Mexico), Lídia Brandão, Grupo Muzenza, Batucada Som Brasil (Brazil), Viento Nuevo (Ecuador), La Porteña Tango (Argentina), and musician José Luís Pastor.
Over 40 candlelit symbols will be displayed in seven areas, highlighting Ibero-American mythology, traditions, gastronomy, and religion.
According to organizers, the symbols will be placed at the entrances and throughout the market, creating a “visually stunning spectacle.”
Visitors will also be able to visit São José convent’s exhibition room, featuring a photography exhibition entitled ‘(En)cantos do Brasil’, as well as an altar representing Mexico’s ‘Dia de Muertos’ dedicated to Frida Khalo.
Meanwhile, the convent’s cloisters will become a ‘Carioca’ bar offering Brazilian cuisine. Outside the bar area, there will be picanha (Brazil’s popular cut of meat) on the grill and other culinary specialities.
The market area opens at 7pm and stays open until 12.30am, while the candles illuminating the symbols are lit at 8.30pm. Admission is free.
“Mercado de Culturas à Luz das Velas is an event of rare beauty that has attracted thousands of visitors in previous editions. I am convinced that this year will be the best edition ever, and I invite everyone to visit Lagoa during these days,” said Lagoa mayor Luís Encarnação.
This year’s edition of the market, which has become one of Lagoa’s biggest summer events, is expected to attract over 50,000 visitors.