White Night 2018
Europe’s biggest White Night is almost here! The seventh edition of Braga’s White Night will take place from August 31st to September 2nd, 2018 and, this time, it’s highlighting environmental sustainability. During 48 hours, listen to great concerts, explore artistic installations and see innovative performances, visit museums during extended hours, enjoy family activities or simply stroll through the historic center and get carried away by the dozens of events happening all over the city.
This year - taking into account the theme - the municipality has shown a greater concern with the environment and, in order to reduce the event’s ecological footprint, reusable cups will be available at all concession stands. Environmental sustainability is also the theme of the artistic installation that will decorate the streets of Braga.
With so much to do, there won’t be time to be bored! This article will help you discover everything that will be happening during the whitest weekend of the year!
How to get here:
Our first piece of cool advice is to opt for public transportation and walking whenever possible, as this is an event that occurs in the center of the city, bringing together thousands of people. This way, you won’t waste any time in traffic or looking for a parking spot.
Just like in previous years, the TUB buses will make connections to the city center with three specific lines connecting to the parking lots of the Municipal Stadium of Braga, E. Leclerc and Robert Smith Avenue, for € 1 (round trip), all night.
CP - Comboios de Portugal will secure special tickets for 2€ (round trip) on the Urban Trains of Oporto, originating from any of the network’s stations and bound for Braga. Seeing as the Braga Train Station is close to the city center, you can easily walk from there to the 2018 White Night’s different activity areas.
Where to stay:
If you’re not from this area, but want to enjoy every second that White Night has to offer, you can stay in some of the coolest places in the city. Located right in the center of the city, there’s inBraga Hostel, with mixed and twin rooms that are all named after a color! In addition, the hostel offers several activities and, at the end of your visit, you can leave a message on the wall intended for exactly that.
Overlooking the Braga Cathedral, in the historical center of Braga, you’ll find Domus 26 Guesthouse B&B, which offers four rooms with very typical names: Bom Jesus, Catedral, Bracara and Porta Nova. In addition, there is a common area where breakfast is served every morning, with a small library that is open to everyone.
Last, but not least, a bit further away from the center for those who prefer it that way, we suggest Villa Garden Braga, a small palace dating from the end of 19th century that was fully restored, where you can enjoy a restful night, followed by a delicious breakfast.
Where to eat:
In Braga, there is no lack of places with good food and a very cool atmosphere. During White Night there are usually several food trucks scattered all over the city, where you’ll definitely be well served. For those who prefer a quieter meal, these are our three suggestions:
On Anjo Street, we suggest Retrokitchen, a retro spot where practically everything has a story. The food is simple and home cooked, making us forget that we are even in a restaurant.
On D. Afonso Henriques Street we recommend Casa de Pasto das Carvalheiras, whose dishes are created with the intention of being shared: shrimp stew, chicken rolls with mango sauce or even reinvented Braga-style octopus or cod recipes, along with many others to choose from. It’s impossible not to love this experience!
And, once again, for those who prefer to get away from the hustle and bustle during dinner, how about Dona Júlia? Located next to one of the most famous curves of the old Falperra racing circuit, at this restaurant you’ll savor great traditional Minho-style food, still served in clay bowls, but in a space with a modern decor.
After dinner, a cup of coffee at A Brasileira, located on the corner of São Marcos Street, is mandatory, not only for its traditional drip brewed coffee, but also thanks to the atmosphere that this place conveys. On the República Square, near one of the White Night stages, you can also find Café Vianna, which has been open since 1858, and where breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinners and even brunches are served and where, if you prefer, you can swap coffee for a glass of wine.
For those who are more of a sweet tooth, we recommend a visit to Spirito Cupcakes & Coffee. Here you’ll find cupcakes, cheesecakes, brownies, panna cottas, and many other sweets, along with hot and cold drinks, and various ice cream flavors, always super tasty, always surprising!
For late afternoon, we suggest a visit to the Rossio Bar, whose name is inspired by the capital of our country, and which has four different spots to enjoy: a terrace, an entrance hall, a sofa room and a patio that was transformed into a mini terrace.
At GNRation get to know Pausa café, where workshops, book launches and exhibitions are usually held. In addition, take advantage of the pause and indulge in a slice of cake and a cup of tea.
What to see, do and visit:
With a 48-hour program filled with Music, Art and Culture, there's no shortage of things to do during the 2018 White Night. In total, there are over 90 free activities that include concerts, installations, performances, museum activities, children’s programming and animation in the streets of the Historic Center.
Between August 31st and September 2nd, you’ll be able to listen to various concerts in different areas of the city. White Night on the Praça Stage begins with Gisela João and GNR, on August 31st. The next night, it will be José Cid & Big Band, David Fonseca and DJ Fernando Alvim’s turn. On the night of September 2nd, the Praça Stage welcomes “Sopa de Pedra e as vozes da Cidade”, a community project that promises unforgettable moments and that will close the 2018 edition of White Night. On the Avenida Stage, the first day (31) will feature Manel Cruz and Moullinex. The next day, it’ll be the 2017 Eurovision winner, Salvador Sobral, and Cais Sodré Funk Connection and Funkamente’s turn.
This year, Theatro Circo will also take its stage to the street, welcoming names such as Sreya, Conan Osiris, DJ Marfox and Keso, in a DJ Set supported by Super Bock Super Rock radio. GNRation will also host several concerts, such as João Mortágua, Linda Martini, Bruma and Bits em Palco.
Several museums and historical buildings in the city of Braga will extend their opening hours so that you can visit them calmly, see the exhibitions, performances and participate in workshops. An example of this is the D. Diogo de Sousa Museum which will have free admission, guided exhibition tours, a theater session and a sound installation. At the Lúcio Craveiro da Silva Library you can see the “Fotopoesia” exhibition or participate in the workshop “Do Branco ao Preto” (“From White to Black”). There will be free visits and guided tours to the different exhibitions at the Pio XII Museum, and at Casa dos Crivos, besides workshops for families and an exhibition, there will also be movie showings!
On the various streets of Bracara Augusta there will also be lots of excitement! In places like Liberdade Avenue, the streets of the historic center, São João do Souto and Santa Bárbara Squares, among others, you can watch theater, dance, a traveling circus and even magic shows! And at the end of these performances, why not take advantage and discover other iconic spots such as the Raio Palace or the Santa Barbara Garden.
During White Night there is also a program dedicated to kids. At Pópulo Square they’ll be able to participate in workshops and ateliers, as well as watch plays and musical performances. At the Tibães Monastery there will be a nocturnal visit to discover the animals that inhabit its gardens, the theater show “A Árvore Livreira” ("The Tree Book"), along with a puppet show. There will also be various activities for children at the Lúcio Craveiro da Silva Library, the Biscainhos Museum and the D. Diogo de Sousa Museum.
During the day you can also get to know the different shops located in Braga’s city center. Clothing store Antónia Lage is home to brands such as Valentino, Moschino, DKNY, Diane von Furstenberg and Just Cavalli among others, and it keeps a secret inside: an old courtyard that reminds us of other generations of locals who lived in these private homes with their interior patios. At Komono, you'll be able to find the perfect combination of glasses and watches, with many models to choose from at affordable prices, and exhibited on marble pieces that just emphasize their beauty. You can also pop in to Arcádia Chocolates, located right in the heart of Braga, where you’ll find chocolates for all tastes – the hard part will be choosing!
The 2018 White Night promises to be an unforgettable event. Between August 31st and September 2nd you can discover Braga’s coolest side. And, if you want to explore a little more of Braga, download the Braga Cool app, available for iOS and Android!
You can consult the official 2018 White Night program HERE.