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A “nest” of heritage and traditions of Figueira da Foz



Microninho is an organization based in Figueira da Foz, whose main mission is to transform ideas into business and help candidates to the job market, which it has been doing with merit and quality since 2011, with those who do not have credit facilities or lack knowledge of management, marketing and other business skills. The intervention of this Social and Innovation Incubator is worth knowing(here), but this article is not really about that, or we were not on a tourism and culture portal…

It so happens that Microninho has also been carrying out a magnificent and still little-known work of enhancing and promoting the cultural heritage of Figueira da Foz. A discreet but valuable work that the Incubator’s technicians have been developing and takes shape mainly on the organization’s YouTube channel, in an Arts & Crafts playlist where well-produced short videos are published, based mainly on interviews with the still living protagonists of these heritages.

Figueira da Foz Traditions: Fogaça do Bom Sucesso

In this channel, inaugurated in early 2021, we can already get to know the following products, practices and crafts from Figueiredo: the Fogaças do Bom Sucesso, the Kings Day, the Eels of Lavos, the Embroidered aprons from Buarcos, the Papas de Moado, the art of Cofo, the history of Theater in Tavarede, a Lamprey fishing, the Paião tailors, the Figueira da Foz salted fish, which we recently talked about here on Meet, and the Xávega Art.

The last short film about the traditions of Figueira da Foz will be published on the channel later this month, but the first episode is already available on Microninho’s Facebook and Instagram, where we learn all about Arroz Carolino de Mallorca.

An excellent documentary repository, which aims to stimulate entrepreneurs to resume some of these traditions from a business and wealth creation perspective, being also the best way to preserve them: to ensure that there are those who know how to do them. In addition to the videos, the incubator has also promoted other actions to disseminate and empower local agents, such as webinars dedicated to the theme “Arts, crafts and local products” and Arts and Crafts Workshops, putting artisans and keepers of traditions in contact with entrepreneurs and all interested public.

Do you want to know the living memory of Figueira’s intangible heritage treasures? Invest some time in this Microninho project. We leave here a “sniff”, with the episode dedicated to the Buarcos Aprons, a beautiful distinctive mark of the territory that deserved better protection and dissemination:



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