As the days grow warmer and the academic year draws to a close, one of Porto's most anticipated events approaches: Queima das fitas. This legendary festival, steeped in tradition and brimming with energy, promises an experience unlike any other. Whether you're participating in a study exchange or an Erasmus+ internship, the ESN Porto team has compiled essential insights about Queima das fitas and reasons why you absolutely must join in the festivities with the locals during your Erasmus journey.



Let's time-travel through Tradition and Symbolism: This epic celebration isn't just your average party. It's a tradition that has stood the test of over a century, evolving from its humble beginnings in 1911 into the spectacular event we know today. At its core, Queima das fitas pulsates with the spirit of Porto's student community, symbolized by the iconic cortejo – a dazzling parade where students decked out in their academic regalia march proudly through the streets, honouring the deep-rooted heritage of their university.

But wait, there's more! Beyond the glitter and glamour, Queima das fitas holds profound significance. The burning of ribbons isn't just a spectacle; it's a powerful symbol marking the symbolic close of the academic year. This age-old tradition pays homage to the diverse faculties of the university, serving as a moment of reflection and celebration for the hard work and dedication of students throughout the year.

Let's party with Diversity: Queima das fitas isn't just any festival – it's a wild celebration of diversity! Picture this: around 400,000 students from all walks of life come together to dance, laugh, and make memories. It's like a massive mixer where borders and differences disappear, and friendships are forged in the heat of the moment.

Creating lasting Erasmus memories: From May 4th to the 11th, Queima das fitas is set to light up QUEIMÓDROMO with eight days of electrifying festivities! The main celebration party is where the action unfolds, and you won't want to miss out. But here's the deal: you'll need to secure your spot by purchasing your daily tickets in advance.

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Get ready to dive into a whirlwind of excitement! Imagine yourself jamming out at concerts, cheering on athletes at thrilling sports competitions, and immersing yourself in the vibrant energy of street performances. From the pulsating rhythms of live music to the adrenaline rush of rooting for your favourite team, Queima das fitas promises an experience like no other. P.S. Keep an eye out for ESN Porto – we'll be there to join in on the excitement!

So, mark your calendars, grab your tickets early, and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime at Queima das fitas!