Portuguese folk festival Fado is ready for Wrexham return


Jonathan Grieve

A Portuguese folk festival with roots dating back to the 1800s is gearing up for a return to Wrexham.

Fado involves traditional folk music songs with poetic lyrics relating to darker elements of love, death and sadness.

The event, due to be held at the Memorial Hall in Bodhyfryd on March 4, hopes to encourage integration and inclusiveness between the different communities of Wrexham.

Organiser Iolanda Viegas said: “It is an opportunity for all the communities of Wrexham to come together to celebrate something special.

“The event isn’t just aimed at the Portuguese community within Wrexham, as that would be boring; we want everyone to attend.” 

Previous events have been funded by the Portuguese government and saw hundreds of people from different backgrounds attend.

This year’s festival has been given a boost with the award of a £2,000 grant from the Big Lottery Fund Wales.

The event also aims to educate not only the history behind Fado but to also support integration within Wrexham, Miss Viegas added.

Performing on the night will be Grupo de Fado Noites de Coimbra with Jose Ribeiro and special guests.

Fado is a form of music characterised by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor, and infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia.

It appeared during the early 19th century in Lisbon, and is believed to have its origins in the port districts like Alfama, Mouraria and Bairro Alto.

Tickets for the event are priced at £5 and £7 on the door.

l For more information or to reserve tickets, contact Iolanda Viegas at iolanda@clpwic.co.uk.

Tickets are also available from the Algarve restaurant in Overton Arcade, High Street, Wrexham.

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