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Festa Junina. A Festival of colours. Don’t colours work miracles on our soul? When combined with the intensity of music, the intensity of colours can activate our emotions in fascinating ways. Sometimes, these feelings will find their expression in movement, in other words, dance. A celebration? Since delicious food and drinks are also at hand, one of the best kind!

Festa Junina in Berlin: Colours, Sounds and the Taste of Brazil

Festa Junina, or festas de São João, are held every year to celebrate the birth of John the Baptist. Introduced by the Portuguese, the festivities are especially popular in Brazil. In Berlin, Festa Junina, fulfils the function of a cultural celebration. Influenced by the customs of the farmers, the event features traditional costumes and dances celebrating fertility of the land, typically represented by a bride, a groom and guests surrounding them in a mock wedding. Thus, the dancers act out several rural stories. Music from accordions, triangles, guitars, fiddles and drums accompany these dances known as “quadrilha.” Needless to say, a great amount of food also goes into celebrating fertility.

The festival also features several games and competitions for children and adults. One-legged race or three-legged race. Ring toss or dart toss. Whatever you pick, it is fun. Games make you laugh, and laughter brings people together. Therefore, we have chosen Festa Junina as our next student event.

From DAS Akademie to Festsaal Kreuzberg

This year, Festsaal Kreuzberg is the venue of this colourful celebration. Now, now… Have we mentioned that Festsaal Kreuzberg boasts of a secret garden by the river? A lush touch of green on the water. Just the right setting for a summer festival!

All German course participants at DAS Akademie are invited to join in on the fun. So, just meet us this Saturday at the school and let’s go together.