An integral part of the events of the Pernambuco Cultural Nation Festival, the former Circuito do Frio (Cold Circuit), the ‘Festa das Dálias’ (Dahlia Festival) has taken place since 2000 in the town of Taquaritinga do Norte in the Pernambuco countryside.
Known as the ‘Dahlia of the Range’, due to the large numbers of this type of flower in localparks and gardens, Taquaritinga do Norteis located in the Taquara Range about 800 metres above sea level.
The city has a mild climate throughout the year. In the summer, despite the hot weather during the day, the temperature drops at night toan average of 20º Celsius. In winter, during the day, the temperature rarely exceeds 25º and at night is around 15º to 18ºon average, with some nights reaching 10ºC or below.
The Dahlia Festival is promoted by the Pernambuco Foundation of Historical and Artistic Heritage (FUNDARPE), in partnership with the Municipality of Taquaritinga, and is already part of the town’s touristic calendar. It always takes place on a moveable date in August (originally was held in July),a period when temperatures range between 16º and 18ºC.
The event programme includes dance and circus performances by popular culturegroups, theatrical plays, parades through the streets, fashion shows involving the clothing outlet mall, shows with local and national artists performed at a stage mounted in the central square, as well as lectures and workshops on cultural arts, dance, circus, literature, cultural preservation and management.
In 2008, the sixty-year anniversary of song Asa Brancaby Luiz Gonzaga was commemorated, with performances by square-dance (quadrilha) and ‘forró pé de serra’ groups, along with the 100th anniversary of ‘frevo’ music with a parade through the streets.
Several Brazilian popular music artists have performed at the Festival, such as Nando Cordel, Lenine, Vanessa da Mata, GeraldinhoLins, Reginaldo Rossi, Fagner, Adilson Ramos, Wando, Elba Ramalho, BubuskaValença, Daniel Bueno, Caju and Castanha, Jorge Vercilo, Carlinhos Monteverde, Paulinho do Acordeon, and Eduand Maraial, as well as bands like Sassarico and Exaltasamba.
The 9th and 10th Dahlia Festival, in 2009 and 2010, were opened withshow-classes from Ariano Suassuna, the Pernambuco Secretary of Culture, featuring NauandA Cadênciain 2009 and O Castelo and A Cantoria in 2010.
A huge hit with the public (with an average of 80,000 people over the four days), the event is under review by the Legislative Assembly of Pernambuco to become an immaterial patrimony of Pernambuco.
Recife, 11 march 2011.
Translated by Peter Leamy, January 2012.
FESTA das Dálias. Disponível em: <http://www.fundarpe.pe.gov.br/9-festa-das-dalias-cortejo1>. Acesso em: 10 mar. 2011.
FUNDARPE divulga programação da 10ª Festa das Dálias. Disponível em: <http://www.nacaocultural.pe.gov.br/fundarpe-divulga-programacao-da-10-festa-das-dalias>. Acesso em: 10 mar. 2011.
8ª Festa das Dálias - Taquaritinga do Norte - PE (13 a 18 de agosto). Disponível em: <http://www.overmundo.com.br/agenda/8-festa-das-dalias-taquaritinga-do-norte-pe-13-a-18-de-agosto>. Acesso em: 10 mar. 2011.
TAQUARITINGA do Norte: eventos. Disponível em: <http://www.pmtaqdonorte.com.br/eventos.html>. Acesso em: 11 mar. 2011.
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Source: GASPAR, Lúcia. Dahlia Festival, Taquaritinga Do Norte, PE. Pesquisa Escolar Online, Joaquim Nabuco Foundation, Recife. Available at: <http://basilio.fundaj.gov.br/pesquisaescolar/>. Accessed: day month year. Exemple: 6 Aug. 2009.