5th Punkada open Clap Your Hands festival in Leiria

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A show celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band 5th Punkada opens the Clap Your Hands festival on Saturday, which runs in Leiria until March with another three nights and six concerts by new names in national music.

Jointly promoted by the Fade In association and the Omnichord production company, Clap Your Hands “celebrates national music from the most varied aesthetic geographies”, the organization says.

Kicking off the festival is the band 5.ª Punkada, founded and maintained by users of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Coimbra 30 years ago.

The show in Leiria is another part of the celebration of three decades of music by 5.ª Punkada, a project which, according to Fade In, “has proved that there are no limits to making dreams come true”.

The concert program includes the presentation of a new single, which anticipates the album to be released in March of this year, and the documentary “Com amor, medo” about the band that, in 2023, went on a European tour for the first time, as well as being invited by Coldplay to open one of the shows at the Estádio Cidade de Coimbra.

The quintet’s guests in Leiria are musicians Débora Umbelino (Surma), Vítor Torpedo (The Parkinsons, Tédio Boys) and Rui Gaspar (First Breath After Coma).

The Clap Your Hands festival then continues on February 2 with two concerts at the Miguel Franco Theatre: the live debut of the Sangue Suor project, by the three drummers Susie Filipe, Rui Rodrigues and Ricardo Martins, and also Terrible Mistake, a new group that brings together musicians from Leiria “to explore new paths for the song format”, says Fade In.

On March 8, Margarida Campelo will perform at Clap Your Hands, on a night when she will also play with one of the ensembles that resulted from the Omnilab project, which brings together new talents from Leiria in a co-creation residency.

Closing the festival on March 28 is the new proposal by Alexandra Saldanha and Nuno Duarte, from Unsafe Space Garden. According to Fade In, Santa Lúcida stands out for its “aesthetic boldness” in its “vocal and semantic exploration of the Portuguese language”.

The first part of the last night is in charge of Leonardo Pinto, a 15-year-old creative who made a name for himself at the first Omnilab session and who is also making his live debut at Clap Your Hands.

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