The Iberian Mask Festival is back this year, taking place in Belém for the very first time. Mask-wearers, revellers and caretos will roam freely through the Jardim da Praça do Império.
EGEAC and PROGESTUR are presenting the 12th International Iberian Mask Festival, a celebration full of history and symbolism, with masks featuring large.
These expressions of folk beliefs, based on pagan traditions, are rarely seen outside their original settings, but are now set to take over the city. In colourful, flamboyant, devilish and gargoyle-like disguises, the masked revellers promise to put on a vibrant display in Lisbon.
The high point will be the 12th Iberian Masked Parade, planned for 6 May, involving 36 groups and over 650 participants. This year, to mark Lisbon’s status as the Ibero-American Capital of Culture, Colombia and Peru have been invited to take part in this major celebration of Iberian traditions.
Alongside the bright pageantry of the masks and other costumes, the event will showcase delicacies and handicrafts from the participating regions, along with cooking demonstrations, street performances and music, with folk rhythms rooted in Europe’s past, including traditional music from Asturias by the Real Banda de Gaitas de Oviedo.