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3rd edition of Festival Imaterial received around 6000 spectators in nine days

Imaterial returns to Évora from 17 to 25 May 2024

In this edition, the Festival Imaterial reached 5750 spectators, fulfilling the initial objective of overcoming, on a large scale, the number of participants in the previous edition.

At the Festival’s closing ceremony, both Francisco Madelino, President of the INATEL Foundation, and Alexandre Varela, Vice-President of the Municipality of Évora, reinforced the notable growth of the Imaterial Festival in relation to the previous edition, even assuming that some of the objectives they had defined for this edition were largely exceeded.

For 9 days, the rooms that received the various moments of programming were filled with the public and were almost always sold out, providing an unparalleled meeting of cultures and moments of reflection. A festival that, through music, conferences, cinema, and the perspectives on tradition that result from it, led the people who participated in this edition of Imaterial to meet new ways of thinking of ourselves as a collective.

The Imaterial Festival, a project organized by Évora City Council and Inatel Foundation, with artistic direction by Carlos Seixas. is back in Évora for its 4th edition between the 17th and 25th of May 2024. With this video, it is possible to relive some of the extraordinary moments of this edition of Imaterial. The rest remained in the memory of all those who visited the Festival, which represents a place of resistance against all discrimination, a place of freedom, a challenging place for critical thinking, and an inspiring place for that other Art of existing: Wandering.

The last day was also marked by the awarding of the Immaterial Prize to Paulo Lima, a Portuguese anthropologist who works on heritage as a form of political and civic intervention. Convinced that heritage is everywhere – you just need to know how to listen to it, interpret it, and amplify its vitality and dignity.

The night of May 27th, the last day of the festival, ended with Os Ganhões de Castro Verde & Paulo Ribeiro, who offered the audience the show “O Cante não cai do Céu”, joining the fashions of the traditional songbook with a set of new compositions worked by Paulo Ribeiro based on poems by Manuel da Fonseca, João Monge, Tiago Rodrigues or Patrícia Portela, in a perspective of renewing the cante repertoire, bringing new perspectives on a song that is Cultural and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

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