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?)