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"Bairros" is a point of
arrival, but also of departure. It is not complicated: it is a process.
For years we've known we wanted
this and for years we've known we want more.
It started six years ago with
stages that welcomed the whole city, making simple what many complicate: to
create a Festival that is the face of the city.
But that is not enough, and we are
not naive. We don't just want to celebrate those who are selected but to
understand the detours of this journey. After all, who gets to reach the stage?
The printing press? The exhibition? The right to decide.
To annually present a Festival that
lives from the artistic and cultural diversities of the urban space implies
understanding it. To know who is left by the wayside and why.
What is popular across the city?
What is popular only in certain segments of the city? How and when do these
different expressions clash? How can we understand the various emergences and their processes?
For the general public, some of
these answers are on the Festival's poster, but we don't want them to hide
In fact, since the first edition of
the Festival, children, young people and professionals from territories
projected to a spatial, social and cultural segregation have participated in
its multiple facets: music, visual arts, talks, workshops, volunteering,
audience or using Iminente's venue as a space to develop their activities.
In 2020, at the peak of the
pandemic crisis and confinement, and not by chance, we left our venue and went
to establish a base in four territories across Lisbon: Alta de Lisboa, Bairro
do Rego, Vale de Alcântara and Vale de Chelas.
Our local interlocutors encumbered
us with contemporary information. As a consequence of the confinement, a
generalised institutional retreat was going to have repercussions on children
and young people's activities in the summer of 2020. We already knew we would
be going into the field to make the Festival nonspatial, knowing the conditions
only made us less shy.
That year, four workshops
circulated between the Panorâmico and the neighbourhoods, we were all audience
and actors, and we created the most important thing in that itinerary: a
Thus, it was completely natural
that this year "Bairros" was created, a programme curated by Festival
Iminente, Geração Com Futuro, Passa Sabi, Associação de Moradores do Per 11 and
Grupo de Jovens do Per 7, with the support of the Aga Khan Foundation Portugal.
We planned a 4x4x4: four workshops,
four neighbourhoods, four artistic expressions. The resolution of the
mathematical puzzle was left to the local organisations that developed the
workshops according to the scarcity or abundance of opportunities, in
complementarity or contradiction, through desire or need.
This landscape of creation made up
the whole summer of 2021 in these territories, providing new places for
dialogue between artists, residents and organisations. We were more than one
hundred and twenty and many more at the open days, a final, local and
aggregating celebration that symbolizes all they have to offer the city, via
"Bairros" but also in everyday life.
There is no recipe for this
outcome. it is not just about present or absent skills, it is about
relationships, about processes.
We were often at the most basic and
essential. The summer evenings of open-air cinema, the soapbox car rides or the
popular marches. Between doors we touched matters, we finished paint buckets,
we pasted photographs, we decorated interiors and we tore down walls that
seemed definitive. In the street we made our bodies make sense in the
landscape, we messed with the city's portfolio, we filmed, photographed and
gave new meaning to the places we have always known.
What you see here is the
consolidation of all this community work, through the pieces, the photographic
records, the drawings, the videos and the conviviality.
"Bairros" is the description of a path to the limit of what
can be recorded, the rest is in each one of us.
Partners: Associação de Moradores do PER 11, Associação Passa Sabi, Caminhos Activados, Associação Geração com Futuro
A co-organization with Câmara Municipal de Lisboa and Fundação Aga Khan
Project supported by the BNP Paribas Foundation - Dream-up
Official Sponsors: Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, Sagres, Truphone