Portugal is in the spotlight this weekend on June 15 in Chartres, with the annual Saint-Jean Festival

Portugal is in the spotlight this weekend on June 15 in Chartres, with the annual Saint-Jean Festival

The Committee of the Portuguese National Association (CANP) of Chartres organizes its annual Saint-Jean celebration on Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16 at the Basse Bourg Stadium in Chartres.

Every year for more than forty-five years, the Committee of the Portuguese National Association (CANP) of Chartres organizes its Saint-Jean celebration, at the Basse Bourg Stadium, in Chartres. The festive event will last all weekend, from tomorrow, 9am until Sunday, 6pm.
In the program of celebrations, football tournaments, pétanque, music, folk group, ball and restaurants.

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“Now it has become a sporting and cultural celebration.”

Mario Matias, President of CANP, explains the development of the event: “It was a very sporting tournament because in the beginning it was a football tournament. Now it is a sporting and cultural celebration. We still have the football tournaments, but we also have activities over the two days. A typical Portuguese group will host Two days of celebration.

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The CANP was created in 1971, when Portuguese living in Chartres wanted to create a meeting point. “The first head office was in the basement of a house in rue Faubourg-la-Grappe” in Chartres, before the city assigned them headquarters.

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“I have known CANP for forty years, arriving at the club at the age of twenty. “At that time, the association was known for football,” Mario Matias recalls. The association is known today for its cultural involvement and activities. It organizes meals every month, bringing together about a hundred people, And barbecue parties and picnics. “Last Saturday, we went to Madam nightclub without any embarrassment. We were forty-six people.”

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Growing fame

Over the years, the association has seen its reputation grow dramatically. Today, the association has more than two hundred members and nearly thirty directors. “Every weekend we sign up one or two new members through word of mouth.”

The growing interest in the association has greatly diversified the membership profile: “More than 50% of the members are French, not Portuguese.”
Thus the association became more Franco-Portuguese than Portuguese.
Portuguese language courses for children and adults are very successful. A few years ago, only seven or eight students were enrolled there. Today, this number has quadrupled to about thirty students. This development demonstrates the growing enthusiasm for Portuguese culture and language.

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