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Santo Cristo festival returns this weekend

A weekend celebration of Azorean culture this year includes the Portuguese singer José Malhoa as the main act.

The Santo Cristo festival, held for free at BAA field, will also treat guests to a host of local artists.

The festival runs tomorrow and Sunday with Malhoa joined by McCannon “Mox” Cassidy, In Motion Dance, Jessica Frias, Amalia Ponte and the Vasco da Gama Folklore dancers.

BAA field will open from 9pm, while Sunday opens with a 1.30pm mass at St Theresa's Cathedral in honour of Santo Cristo.

The ceremony will be followed by a procession of the sacred image of Christ through the streets of Hamilton to BAA, where festivities resume at 5pm.

The bash will include a bazaar with prizes, an auction of animals and produce, refreshments and Portuguese doughnuts for sale.

Raffle tickets will be on sale throughout the festival with a draw to be held at 9pm on Sunday.

Prizes include two motorcycles, a weekend stay at the Hamilton Princess, an espresso machine and a 43in 4K television.

Santo Cristo, which dates to 1700 in the Azorean city of Ponta Delgada, has been celebrated by the local Portuguese community for many years.

The festival is organised by Vasco da Gama, the Portuguese Cultural Association and the Santo Cristo Committee.

Proceeds will support the Portuguese School of Bermuda and the Portuguese Pastoral Council of the Catholic Diocese.

The 2017 procession for the festival of Santo Cristo (File photograph)

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Published May 04, 2018 at 9:00 am (Updated May 04, 2018 at 8:59 am)

Santo Cristo festival returns this weekend

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