Évora hosts an Intangible Festival, to celebrate a Heritage thought and lived

    From the 18th to the 26th of June Évora becomes the stage for music and cultures from all over the world. Festival Imaterial brings us names from Portugal but also from Mali, Turkey, Italy, Azerbaijan, Hungary and Mongolia.

    “Local music is part of the history of peoples, they define and identify them, help to tell their lives and fix them in what is unique. They survive through direct transmission and provide new generations with a cartography that signals where they come from and the identity heritage that is passed on to them”. This is the motto for the Festival Imaterial which, from June 18th to 26th, will fill the Garcia de Resende Theater and the Évora Public Garden with music and conversations from all over the world.

    The Intangible Festival starts from the notion that music exists in space and dialogues with it, “that cultures are related” even when we want to ignore them, being a living organism that continues in constant formation, “weaving a line that connects, in permanence, past and present”. This is what anyone visiting Évora will find: an open stage of synergies, which shows us that the other is us, born in another circumstance.

    Ballaké Sissoko (Mali), Aynur (Turkey / Kurdistan), Cuncordu & Tenore Orosei (Sardinia), the Évora Singing Group with artistic direction by Ernst Reijseger and Fargana Qasimova (Azerbaijan), are some of the names that join Jon Luz & Maria Alice, O Gajo, Lavoisier, Mónika Lakatos, Aldina Duarte or Mustafa Saïd to bring music to the city’s historic spots. In addition to music, this event also presents other initiatives for sharing among the participants, the result of the purpose of bringing the built and immaterial heritage into dialogue.

    On the 24th of June, an international conference on Intangible Heritage of Humanity takes place, bringing together world experts in this field (journalists, programmers and influencers). On the 25th of June, the presentation of the IN2PAST research laboratory, whose headquarters will be the University of Évora, takes place. The scope of this structure goes “from the landscape to the arts, from monuments to museums and archives, passing through public memory policies.” The laboratory is funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology with the involvement of Universidade Nova de Lisboa and Universidade do Minho. The festival also hosts the Iberian Music Meeting, between the 24th and 26th, which bring to the festival conferences, round tables, workshops, speedmeetings and showcases.

    @ Gerador

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