Câmara Municipal de Évora

ARTES À RUA Festival

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One city, one stage for all arts
Actors, visual artists (from sculpture, photography, painting or performance), singers, composers, dancers, musicians and many others, totalling about 300 participants from over 12 countries, are the protagonists of the performances and artistic interventions of “Arts à Rua - Public Arts Festival”, which will take place in Évora, from 13th of July to 5th of September 2019.
This edition, the third, strengthens the application process for Évora to the European Capital of Culture in 2027.
The new creations mark its programme, both for the invitations made to renowned artists and producers, as well as for the challenge made to young figures from the art world. As well as the option of scheduling shows for children and families, or the continuity for the preference of the enjoyment of public space.
Promoted by Évora City Council, the festival is developed in partnership with artists, creators, agents, programmers and audiences. It emerges and is materialized under a narrative of tolerance, peace and interculturality, resulting from the autarchy’s reading of the arts: as a way of emancipating citizens and enhancing creativity and all expressions of thought, in other words, as way of transforming society and the world.


An idea remains an idea until it is put into practice. And only then, when it leaves the page or imagination and takes on real thickness, do we finally get to know it and understand its identity. Imaterial was born following the attribution of Intangible Heritage of Humanity status by UNESCO to Cante alentejano, the major musical expression of the Alentejo region; and from the will to promote dialogue between this music that sounds like the voice of the land worked from sunrise to sunset, and so many others that, in different geographies, embody local traditions. We already knew this: this Festival would reinforce the certainty that borders (political, geographical, cultural) are nothing but imaginary lines. And that differences, whenever they exist, should be a reason for enchantment, not for mistrust.

What we only suspected was how much Évora, whose historical center is a World Heritage Site, would provide the perfect scale for the meetings made possible by the Imaterial - music as a collective sharing, stories as narratives that come out of the songs and extend beyond the stages, singing as an extension of the dining table, the streets as natural places for music to be heard and to mingle with the city sounds. A scale that allows for proximity between musicians and audience, a scale that reminds us how tradition, as a transmission phenomenon, reinvented in the Imaterial through personal views of what it can mean today, cannot be made up of a museological or sacred matter.

Tradition, in Festival Imaterial, is conjugated both in the present and in the future. It is discussed and claimed so that it is kept alive and active. So that everything we carry as heritage might lead us to new ways of thinking as a collective. Because there are no thoughts without listening.

participating in

  • WOMEX 2023
  • WOMEX 2022
  • WOMEX 2021
  • WOMEX 2019
  • WOMEX 2018


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