Portuguese American Journal

27th Annual Bread & Roses Festival – Lawrence, MA

Portuguese American Fado singer, Ana Vinagre, and her guitar ensemble will perform at the 27th Annual Bread & Roses Festival to be held in Lawrence (MA) on Labor Day, Monday, September 5.

The performance will take place from 4:00 to 4:45 PM on the Carmela Teoli stage, at the North Common Park.

The Bread and Roses Festival, which occurs every year on Labor Day, celebrates Lawrence’s ethnic diversity and labor history, namely the historic 1912 landmark Bread and Roses Strike led by immigrant women.

The multicultural festival memorializes the historic event with a variety of music and dance, poetry and drama, ethnic food, historical demonstrations, and walking and trolley tours, all on or starting from Lawrence’s Common.

The event is organized by the Bread and Roses Heritage Committee, Inc., a non-profit, all-volunteer organization. Admission is free.

Ana Vinagre was born in the fishing town of Figueira da Foz, mainland Portugal. She began singing Fado at age 13. In 1972, she immigrated to the United States with her husband. The couple settled in New Bedford (MA).

The Bread and Roses Heritage Committee is seeking  volunteers to organize the 2012 centennial of the Bread & Roses Strike. With plans still in the works, the Bread & Roses Heritage Committee is committed to making the 2012 festival its biggest yet with world-renowned performers and guests.

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