Corals and popular music groups will perform in restaurants and streets of Aljustrel (Beja) during the 3rd edition of the project ‘Cante à Mesa’, to be held between Friday and Sunday to promote the cante alentejano.
According to the promoter, Aljustrel House, in the district of Beja, the project intends to informally promote the cante alentejano, Heritage of Humanity, in establishments of restoration and public spaces and to the population and visitors of the county.
The project, co-financed by community funds, also aims to boost the catering establishments and “contribute to the development of the economy” of the county, “helping to boost the cante alentejano more and more.”
The third edition of the project will count on the participation of 16 choirs and popular Alentejo music groups, of which seven will be performing on Friday and Sunday in 12 restaurants and the rest on Saturday and Sunday, in public spaces and streets of localities of the county.
The activities of groups in public spaces and streets will take place in the villages of Aljustrel and Ervidel and in the villages of S. João de Negrilhos, Messejana, Carregueiro, Corte Vicente Anes and S. João do Deserto on Saturday, and in the village of Rio de Mills, on Sunday.
The participating cante groups from Alentejo are Rosas de Abril, S. João de Negrilhos, Spring Flowers, The Margins of the Purple, Aljustrel Miners, Aljustrel Female Songs and The Cicadas of the Aljustrelense Republican Education and Recreation Center.
Malta D’Arrufa, Vozes do Sul, Modas & Campaniça, Calma e Vento Sul, Beira Serra, The Improvisados, The Cruise, Cante dos Bacos and Maravilhas do Alentejo are the popular Alentejo music groups.
The Cante Alentejano, a collective song without the use of instruments typical of the Alentejo, was classified as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on November 27, 2014, thanks to an application submitted by the Câmara de Serpa and by the Regional Entity of Tourism of Alentejo and Ribatejo.