Intangible Heritage

Amarante has an interesting intangible heritage associated with music, as one can see by the region’s characteristic musical instruments – in the way they’re built and played –, its rich folk song repertoire and its popular and ethnographic manifestations. These are portrayed by, for example, local folklore groups’ traditional costumes and by the celebrated drum (‘bombos’) “face-off” that happens during the June Fest.

The Amarante Municipality has supported initiatives concerned with the preservation and recognition of this kind of immaterial heritage, launched by cultural associations and local music groups.

On the other hand, it has taken measures for the rehabilitation and valorisation of local musical instruments, such as sponsoring their acquisition and restoration, and measures in support of education and of research projects.

On a more occasional basis, the Municipality also promotes other kinds of actions as further to value the region’s musical heritage. For instance, in 2015 it associated with the celebrations for the centenary of the death of local composer José Coelho dos Santos, by supporting a quadrilingual publication on the author, which included music sheets and a CD.