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Although winter and rainy days has begun in Portugal, the country is still full of events, especially in the capital. It i possible to catch anything from musicals, sports, and cinema, to religious and cultural events.
On November 10, “Corrida Sempre Mulher,” a running and walk event, was held in Lisbon to support women with breast cancer. The participation fees was collected by The Portuguese Association to Support Women with Breast Cancer (APAMCM). The race is not only for women but men and children can also register for this yearly event. The participants got free t-shirts and free transportation was provided to collect the participants from different parts of the city to the starting point of the race. The good news for many of the participants on the day of the race was the sunny forecast with no chances of rain.
On November 11 every year, the Portuguese people celebrate “São Martinho day” all over the country, which is equivalent to St. Martin’s Day in other European countries. A special festival in Golegã region occurs every year. The celebration consists of eating roasted chestnuts with figs and walnuts around a fire while drinking traditional alcoholic drinks such as jeropiga and Água-pé. In the same region a national horse fair occurs which is the most important horse related festival in Portugal featuring equestrian games and competitions. Golegã is a small village belonging to Santarém district about 121 kilometers north of Lisbon. The village is well connected by roads and trains with other parts of Portugal.
CINANIMA Festival will also take place in November. It is one of the main festivals for animated cinema in the world. The festival has taken place in the town of Espinho since 1976 and is recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences which gives the well reputed international award known as the Oscar. The festival is also associated with other activities besides film screenings such as exhibitions, workshops and performances. Espinho is located 23 kilometers to the south of Porto. The town can be reached by train, public buses and car from any part of the country.
The Lisbon & Estoril Film Festival is yet another festival not only for cinema but also for literature, music and visual arts, previously attended by Toonari Post. The screening will be in Lisbon and Estoril which is about 30 kilometers to the west of Lisbon at different venues. Normally the festival focuses on awarding the best European movies but starting this year, the organizers have expanded the premises by opening up the competition to non-European film makers. Some of the events will happen parallel on the same days of the festivals including concerts, debates and lectures. This year the official awards are Best Film Award, Cineuropa Award and Special Jury Award while MEO Award is a parallel award which is given to the best short film. This award was started in 2008 by a partnership between the festival and MEO which is part of PT the telecom provider in Portugal.
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