The festival of the Here and Now

After so many trips and rides, there is the will to lay down the backpack and settle, here and now, and put our feet on the earth to create roots; even during confusing times there is the need to celebrate! We are living, and this is our present!

Thus FESTANÇA was born! Taking HitchFest’s ride (the mother project), with its essence, the focus on traveling and on living and sharing experiences remains.

We have found a magical place on a river bank of Rio Ovil!
We are waiting for you, enjoying the shade of the oaks,
where together we will build a home for life,
using permaculture as a basis for living in harmony.

Festança – the meaning

Festança [feshtansa] is a huge huge feast! In our case it will also be a monumental one! Wait to experience!

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(Participate – Do you want to play, give a workshop, volunteering, or other thing at Festança?)


Like HitchFest, Festança gives you the possibility to participate in it sharing all your knowledge, all your dedication, and all your energy! 

Would you like to give a concert or workshop? To have a stall? To help in the decor team, building up the festival, or volunteering during the event? To participate in any way? Let us know! Fill up one of the forms:

Performers Application Form

Presentations and Workshops Application Form

Art Exhibitions Application Form

Volunteer Application Form

Handicrafts/Food Market Application Form

(HitchFest 2019 – how was it?)

The Story

HitchFest – hitchhiking Festival – was a meeting about traveling, ecology, activism, self-discovery and awareness, and was the predecessor of Festança!

It took place in 2017 and in 2019 at the north of Portugal. There, we shared knowledge and experiences collected on the road. We learned to know ourselves, to trust in life and to act in order to transform the world.


Between July 31 and August 4 of 2019, we chose to laid-back with our backpacks on the river banks of the river Rio Sousa, in Lousada, Portugal.

Hitchfest 2019 was a stunning festival where we praised the community well-being, and where each one of us contributed with what we had: a free and conscious donation at the entrance, volunteering in the kitchen, leftover fabrics for the decoration of the festival, a concert, a workshop…

Between 2 and 3 thousand people enjoyed the this festival held in the park Parque de Merendas do Ameal. They were coming from the nearest village and from the most remote corner of the world.  It’s a lot of moments that are difficult to forget!


(HitchFest 2017 – How was it?)

THE STORY (cont.)


In August 2017, in Marco de Canaveses, the 1st ever Hitchfest took place. Over one thousand persons visited the festival. 

The program took place for five days, filled with presentations, concerts, workshops, performances, group dynamics, exhibitions. It was a time to share about different ways of traveling and places of the world, about activism, ecology and self-discovery.

Five days that gathered inhabitants of the nearby communities, young people from all over the country and travelers hitchhiking from places like Istanbul or Copenhagen.

The festival itself was voluntarily created and organized by a small group of passionate travelers, who didn’t know each other before.

Magical connections were made!



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