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Portugal was perhaps the only country in Europe where there was no international festivals of songs for young people. National, yes, there are many; but international, not. And this situation was a bit incongruous, especially at a time when several young Portuguese singers are participating in this kind of contests, in many countries – and collecting awards...

The International Song Festival of Serra da Estrela (FICSE) places Portugal on the map of major international song festivals. And, in a Europe where proliferate this kind of festivals (some of most, others of least projection), let us have the ambition of belong to the top league. Although not wanting to take bigger steps than our legs allow, we believe that the effort that the making of such an initiative requires certainly justifies that we want to give to this project a great professional rigor, which coincide, at the same time, the quality of the artistic content (after all, the essence of the Festival) and the playful side that cannot fail to be present in an event essentially addressed to children and youth.

Forgive us the immodesty, but the fact that the FICSE is the responsible for the return of Portugal to the world of international festivals forces in a way that our Festival wants to walk side by side with its most important European “partners”...

It was the dynamic action of the Municipality of Seia, soon seconded by Turismo do Centro de Portugal, which made possible the realization of this Festival. The subsequent support of commerce and industry of the region came to value an event that will surely go beyond the stage of the Municipal Theater of Seia, giving to the event an economic, touristic and cultural dimension that everyone will profit. The technical support of WAFA – World Association of Festivals and Artists (responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the most important international festivals) is the complement that enables us to predict with certainty that everything will go as planned.

The many dozens of competitors and their accompanying, Portuguese and foreigners, which will visit Seia and Serra da Estrela in the last week of August, will be very welcomed. Will meet a beautiful and hospitable region of our country, where the natural beauties and human quality go, since ever, hand in hand.


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