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10th Edition Verão Azul – 2021

10 is a round number and it can be rather explosive. After a delicate period for the whole society, we have reached Verão Azul’s 10th edition.

This year we are betting on Portuguese artists to address the Environment, Human Rights, Equality and Employment. Alex Cassal stages an apocalyptic scenario to set up intimate meetings in a library; Pauliana Valente Pimentel takes us to visit the way of life of gypsy / romani communities of Loulé and Faro; Miguel Bonneville connects mathematics with the human body and its erotic potency; Catalan duo ZA! takes a look at the region’s contemporary employment practices in a commission for a fun circuit-concert, and we will close with a party and BlackBambi. All these artists we have followed and supported in 2020.

Thinking of our younger audiences, and will be offering insights about humanity with António Jorge Gonçalves and LBC Soldjah; or the almost-complete series of Sérgio Pelágio‘s Magnetic Stories, purposefully selecting those stories that address the environment, democracy, and dream.

Showcasing our local artists, and will present 3 new creations or re-creations by Carolina Cantinho & António Guerreiro, João Caiano & Martim Santos, and José Jesus & Flávio Martins.

We will be inviting people to acknowledge the social role of art in Luciana Fina‘s disappointment-film, which will open a discussion on the Environment, and exhibiting the precarity of the professional world of artists with the Galeria de Arte Ambulante (Travelling Art Gallery), set in an old Mercedes-Benz, that prompts a discussion on its works of art, and promotes an interaction with the audience.

And we will have talks, debates and workshops to make everyone think about how important is to go on living… without blowing up!

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