Portuguese music speaks for itself in the village of Cem Soldos. From the very young to the very old, Bons Sons has activities for everyone!
The picturesque village, not far from Tomar, is the venue for this festival in mid-August. It sets out to be a platform for the dissemination of Portuguese music. Embracing all genres and open to all generations, the audience discovers emerging projects and rediscovers established musicians.
More than a festival, Bons Sons is a unique experience since the festival venue is the actual village, which accommodates eight stages, perfectly incorporated into its streets, squares, churches, and other local facilities, each with a differently themed line-up.
This integration in the village setting doesn’t stop there, since the inhabitants themselves are involved in organising the festival, welcoming and supporting the visitors. A special sharing between hosts and visitors, which encourages a closer relationship with the audience by providing an unrivalled experience of a musical event.
There is a wide variety of activities on offer: sessions of music for children and pregnant women, visits to the donkey corral, traditional games, arts and crafts fair, workshops on making musical instruments, short films and performing arts. Members of the public are also invited to show their talent and take to the “Garage Stage” to perform. Bons Sons provides, free of charge, the stage, the technical conditions and the chance for any person or group of friends to play for a fair number of spectators. This is a unique opportunity for original projects to début and test the response of the public, but above all, to celebrate the music in a relaxed and festive atmosphere.
The careful selection of the programme, the unique site that is Cem Soldos and the local people’s involvement in staging the Festival are the features that distinguish BONS SONS from the national cultural fare.
After getting to know the village Cem Soldos as the palm of your hands and having enjoyed concerts on all stages, it is worth saving a day to take a walk around.
Very close to the Festivals, you should visit Tomar, known for the strong connection to the Order of the Templars that had an important influence in the History of Portugal. In addition to the emblematic monument of the Convent of Christ and Templar Castle, classified as World Heritage, there are other points of interest, such as the Igreja Matriz de São João Baptista, the Mouchão Park, where the Nabão River passes, the Mata dos Sete Montes, The Church of Santa Maria do Olival, where the tombs of the various templar masters are found, and the Convent of Santa Iria. You can also visit the old Synagogue, the curious Museum of Matches and a Nucleus of Contemporary Art, to see the collection of one of the most important Portuguese art historians of the 20th century, Professor José-Augusto França.
But there is more to do and know nearby, such as taking a boat trip or taking a dip in the bay of Bode Castle, passing by the Templar village of Dornes, on the edge of the River Zêzere, or going towards the Tagus River, passing by Vila Nova da Barquinha and Tancos, and discovering the castle of Almourol, right in the middle of the river.
√ Walk around in Tomar
√ Discover the symbols of the Templars
√ Tasting the Fatias of Tomar (a tipical local desert)
√ Cross the Tagus river and climb to the Castle of Almourol
√ Enjoy the view of the River Zêzere in Dornes