Opinion article by Débora Gonçalves, Facilitator Faro2027
New European Bauhaus (Within The Festival)
What have we done? What are we doing? What plans do we have for the future?
Faro2027 and the Municipality of Faro will present Faro's Candidature to be the European Capital of Culture, in a free entrance event, which will take place on February 28th at 17h30, at Teatro das Figuras.
This will be an important moment to learn about the whole process and understand how the Application Form (Bidbook) was built. Several guests will take the stage to share their work, their experiences and their plans for the future. This will be an immersive event, which invites all Marafados to dive into Faro's Candidature to become the European Capital of Culture 2027 and to understand how culture can be the engine of economic, social and environmental development of the region.
Potential economic impact of Faro2027 Candidacy evaluated by the Faculty of Economics of the University of Algarve
What impact will Faro 2027 have on the local and regional economy?
What economic and financial effects will it have on sectors such as tourism and related sectors?
And the creative industries, to what extent will they benefit from Faro's application to be European Capital of Culture 2027?
Can Faro2027 contribute to stimulate private investment and promote the direct and indirect creation of new jobs?
To answer these and other questions, the Faculty of Economics of the University of the Algarve, in partnership with the consultancy firm Becorporate, carried out a pioneering study that sought to create a matrix that allows the development of the application process to be monitored, anticipating the impact that Faro 2027 could have on the local and regional economy.
No other studies are known to try to assess the economic and financial potential of a European Capital of Culture (ECOC) beforehand. The work was developed with the objective of gathering a set of data and recommendations to support the team that prepared the candidature in decisions related to investments and monitoring, through a system of economic evaluation, which covered the preparation phase of the candidature.
The impacts resulting from the ECOC are quite diverse, yet it was possible to conclude that an initiative of this nature can help to raise the tourism profile of the host city. This effect is cumulative and growing, starting to be felt immediately after the announcement of the application until the year of the initiative and expected to continue after the event.
There is evidence that this type of initiative has a considerable impact on the housing market, creative industries and commerce, as well as impacting on other areas such as education. On the other hand, it is clear that a ECOC can have a marked impact on (local and regional) infrastructure investment and is clearly a driver of greater momentum for private investment.
Overall, the results indicate that the carrying the title of a European Capital of Culture is an economically relevant event, with positive consequences on local and Regional GDP, on public accounts and on job creation (direct and indirect).
For each euro allocated in the Faro2027 investment expenses, it is estimated that the direct economic impact generated in Expenditure, GVA, Employment and VAT is, in the Creative, Artistic and Entertainment Services of 1.21€, in Accommodation Services of 1.285€, in the production of Restaurant and Similar Services of 1.45€.
One of the added values of this study is its potential as a working platform for possible future stages of the process. The work carried out will allow - in case of Faro being one of the pre-selected cities for the second phase of the selection process - to deepen the dynamics of the study. Even if the city is not chosen for the second phase, the document is also an important instrument for a future monitoring of the application of a set of projects embodied in the PEC Faro2030 - Strategic Plan for Culture of Faro.
What impact does art have on health promotion?
What effect does culture have on physical and mental well-being?
Can art relieve physical and emotional tension?
Faro's Candidature to become the European Capital of Culture (faro2027), in partnership with the Algarve University Hospital Centre (CHUA) and the Association 289 developed the “Art for Health” project.
The “Art for Health” project aims to promote the physical and emotional well-being of all the health professionals who, over the last two years, have been involved in the tough fight against the pandemic. The initiative counts on the participation of five plastic artists who, until March 2022, will exhibit their works in the cafeteria of the Algarve University Hospital Centre.
This group show thus includes works by Gustavo Jesus, Milita Doré, Régis Vincent, Fernando Sampaio Amaro and Leandro Marcos, artists who voluntarily and and gratuitously joined Faro2027 in this initiative. The Art for Health project was inspired by the initiative "Un quadr al mese: lártein ospedale" developed in the COVID Hospital OGR ASL, in Italy, in the city of Torino.
What changes is culture undergoing in this ever-changing world?
What is the relationship between culture and the SDGs?
What is the role of culture in creating a more sustainable future?
The Cities Fund for Culture, of which Faro is a member, will select seven European artists (citizens or residents of any European country, inside and outside the European Union) to work individually or collectively and share their visions on the contribution of culture to a sustainable future.
Interested artists should submit their vision on these and other issues until February 25th of 2022, through the following link: https://culturenext.eu/cities-fund/. Each selected artist will receive the amount of €2,000 (gross) to create a work of art that mirrors the submitted vision. The 7 selected artists will be given the opportunity to share their ideas, perspectives as well as develop projects together. The main objective of this programme, launched by the Cities Fund for Culture, is to support the (co)creation of 1 to 7 seven artworks through a collaborative process involving the different selected artists. The resulting artworks will be promoted by the 10 cities that co-created the Fund, but also by the other cities that are members of the Culture Next network.
We recall that the Cities Fund for Culture was announced in Faro on November 25th in 2021. The Cities Fund for Culture was conceptualized by Culture Next as a pioneer financial mechanism, alternative to traditional financing mechanisms for culture. To make this fund a reality, 10 European cities, including Faro, will be involved. The 10 co-founders of the Cities Fund for Culture are Aveiro (PT), Braga (PT), Belfast (IE), Cluj-Napoca (RO), Elefsina (GR), Faro (PT), Leeuwarden (NL), Leeds (UK), Leuven (BE) and Oulu (FI).
Cities Fund for Culture is developed by Culture Next, a European network of 26 cities from 17 EU countries and the UK.
This Sunday, on November 21st, Faro presented it’s candidature to be the European Capital of Culture 2027.
It was early in the morning that an entourage of about three hundred people and dozens of bikers from the Motoclub of Faro and Moto Malta Faro, left the Algarve capital, heading for Lisbon, to accompany Rogério Bacalhau, Mayor of Faro, in the delivery of the Bidbook, at the Ministry of Culture. A part of this entourage was the Folkloric Group of Faro, the Choral Group Ossónoba, the Faro Philharmonic Band and the group Urban Xpression which performed during the ceremony.
The candidature of Faro for the European Capital of Culture has received a wide participation and many groups and associations that have been collaborating in the process, wanted to join the delegation, namely Associação Doina Algarve, Associação Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes, Associação de Proteção à Rapariga e à Família, Refood and Sociedade Recreativa Bordeirense. Many other citizens, who understood the importance of the application for the long-term development of the region, also joined the delegation and made their way to Lisbon.
In a festive spirit, all the people in the entourage applauded the arrival of Faro’s Bidbook and formed a human line and through the hands of all the people the Bidbook was passed until it reached Rogério Bacalhau, to be delivered to the Ministry of Culture. After this moment the Mayor of Faro thanked immensely for the presence of all and recalled that: "The delivery of Faro's Candidature for the European Capital of Culture in 2027 represents an important milestone in a project of all and for all. A mobilizing project, made with a lot of work and dedication, which affirms the potential of culture as an important tool for the economic and social development of the region. For all this, and the commitment and involvement of the entire population in our candidacy, we have reasons to celebrate today. We are already winners''.
After the Bidbook delivery ceremony at Palácio da Ajuda, Faro2027 took 45 children supported by the Doina Association (Mudaki Project) and the Association for the Protection of Girls and Family to the MAAT - Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, in a partnership that aims to affirm Faro 2027 as an inclusive candidacy, where everyone has the access to culture.
On next Sunday, November 21st, the city of Faro will be deserted: hundreds of citizens are heading to Lisbon to hand in the Book of Candidacy of Faro/Algarve to the European Capital of Culture 2027, at the Palácio da Ajuda/Ministry of Culture.
The meeting point will be early in the morning, in front of the Faro City Hall. At 10am a motorcade with dozens of motorbikes from different Motoclubs in the city and several buses will head to Lisbon: "We want this to be a special event, capable of showing the jury which will evaluate Faro's application to be European Capital of Culture, that it is supported by all the citizens of Faro and the Algarve'' - says Bruno Inácio, coordinator of Faro2027.
The Faro Philharmonic Association, the Faro Folkloric Group, the Ossónoba Choir and the Urban Xpression group will accompany the delegation and contribute to making it a day of celebration. The associations and entities that have been collaborating in the various projects implemented under Faro2027 project will also be represented, and the aim is to synthesize the spirit of community and participation that has been guiding the work developed in the application process. The Faro2027 team and Faro City Council invite everyone to wish this committee good luck on Sunday morning in Largo de São Francisco, Faro, at 10:00 in the morning.
Faro 2027 is not only about culture, it's about much more! Winning the title of European Capital of Culture 2027 means social, environmental and economic development of the city and the region. That development starts now and will be visible for the upcoming 10 years.
What impact has the use of the face mask had on the pandemic? How many smiles and kisses were lost?
How many words were silenced?
And how many stories have been left untold?
The face mask is a symbol of the isolation we experienced during the pandemic. "Portraits of the Mask" is its artistic expression.
"Portraits of the Mask" is a project developed as a part of Faro's Candidature to the European Capital of Culture 2027, with the participation of photographer Vasco Célio, the 13-year-old multidisciplinary young artist, Matilde Valério, as well as the collaboration of students from the Performing Arts and Contemporary Dance course of Tomás Cabreira Secondary School and the senior and international theatre group Aperitivo.
Until November 12th, visitors to Forum Algarve have the opportunity to enjoy the documental look by Vasco Célio, the poetic texts by Matilde Valério and listen to the different readings (in Portuguese and English) by the actors who, in a joint intergenerational artistic work, reveal the stories of ordinary people from faces.
Date: until 12th of November
Time: during working hours of the shopping centre
Entry: free of charge
Location: Forum Algarve (Faro), 1st Floor of the Shopping Centre (on the opposite of the Mango shop)
Today, November 5th, is World Cinema Day. We mark the date by showing the talented work of one of our “Capsules” - Reym Nasr - whose dream is to do characterization for cinema, more specifically "Make-up and Prosthetics for Performance".
"At the beginning I was afraid to say that I wanted to be an artist and felt a connection to this area. I was afraid of what people would say and I was afraid that I wouldn't be good enough to publish on social networks and invest in this path. Fortunately, when you do what you really like, everything goes well. I have invested a lot in this dream. I've spent hours watching videos on Youtube and practising as much as possible to get my ideas on faces that I like to call my "canvas", says Reym.
Unfortunately it is not possible for Reym to fulfil her dream in the Algarve and to pursue this career she will have to go abroad to study. Next year she will pack her bags to enter the London College of Fashion in London, UK. Reym is part of the Cápsula Project which aims to give voice to young talents from Faro and the Algarve (under-18), but above all to show that there is a new generation of artists who need to go abroad to become professional and build their dream career.
The Cápsula project and young people like Reym show the potential that exists in our region and how the title of European Capital of Culture can change and shape its future: "It was also very important to join the Cápsula project, carried out by the Candidature of Faro to European Capital of Culture 2027. This project introduced me to other young artists in the areas of photography, literature and dance who are fighting like me to have a future connected to the arts. Faro and the Algarve really need to win the title of European Capital of Culture so that young people like me have more opportunities for the future in our region. Have you ever thought of an Algarve where Hollywood films with superheroes are made? It would be fantastic!"
Radar XS, a news programme for children between ages of 8 and 12, which aims to encourage critical thinking and citizenship, came to meet Reym and show how talent has no age and dreams need to be nurtured!
We challenged the community and the cultural agents of the region to join us in building the Candidature of Faro to be the European Capital of Culture in 2027.
During September there was an open call to the cultural and creative sector in the Algarve region to submit proposals and contributions to the cultural and artistic programme of the application. A total of 73 proposals were received, from agents throughout the region representing different artistic disciplines, with a significant number of multidisciplinary projects. Many of the projects show a great desire to work with and for the community, as well as to disseminate the Algarve's cultural heritage (tangible and intangible) and to take culture to unusual places.
Bruno Inácio, Team Coordinator of Faro's candidacy to become the European Capital of Culture 2027, highlights the quality of the proposals presented, as well as the mobilising capacity of the entities that joined this initiative: "We are very pleased with the participation of the cultural and creative sector in the call we made to help us generate ideas for Faro's candidature process to become the European Capital of Culture. We received very interesting proposals that show the will and capacity of a sector that permanently seeks to reinvent itself, broadening its vision and capacity for action. We received proposals from all over the Algarve, which is also very important because the candidacy assumes this facet. We will now analyse the proposals and seek that within the process of artistic construction they are relevant".
This phase of collecting ideas for the artistic content of the Candidature of Faro to European Capital of Culture 2027 also included an appeal to the entire population through the project Banca da Cultura. In online or face-to-face format, this project counted more than 800 participations, not only from individuals but also from entities and organizations that want to join the process. During 3 months, digital sessions were held, visits to associations and regional organizations were made and the existence of a space dedicated to the candidacy in the Faro Municipal Market was also remarkable in this project.
Among the themes most mentioned by the general population, the urban space and the community stand out, as well as nature, health and well-being, representing respectively 29%, 18%, 11% and 8.2% of the total of proposals submitted. Sofia Martins, responsible for the area of public participation in the candidacy, explains the importance of community involvement: "”Banca da Cultura” appears as a reinforcement of the characteristics of accessibility and proximity that are intended with this project. This initiative allows us to make the project known, to collect ideas for the artistic and cultural programme of the application, but above all to listen to the challenges, ideas and proposals from different groups in our community".
From 26th to 29th of October 2021, Faro2027 is taking part in the "Democracy Reloading" conference, a network that brings together 17 Erasmus+ national agencies from across Europe to work on youth participation issues at the local level, taking place in the Algarve, in the city of Portimão. This is a great opportunity to network and share practices on youth participation in local governance with around 18 municipalities from all over Europe. We also took Luísa Tinoco, from the education division of Faro Municipality, and our main goal is to support the municipality coaches in the active participation of young people.
The involvement of young people in the development of youth policies and in decision making is fundamental to increase their sense of belonging and active citizenship in their communities. This invites municipalities and public authorities to address the needs and interests of young people, to involve them as actors of the solutions to their problems, to increase the level of ownership and responsibility in their own community and thus improve local participation and develop the quality of local democracy. In this way, we believe that young people, if properly informed, trained, empowered and engaged, will be the best agents of change and promoters of European values: Democracy, the Rule of Law and Equality.
The key objectives of this network are based on:
Highlight of the event was the launch of the Democracy Reloading Toolkit, an online toolkit which aims to support municipalities and local authorities in successfully involving young people in decision-making. This kit is based on a set of 24 competence elements (attitudes, values, knowledge and skills) that will help a local (municipal) or regional government to design, implement and evaluate a successful youth participation framework. The toolkit will also help municipal officials related to youth policies to become empowered, competent and ready to encourage young people to get involved in decision making, thus improving active citizenship and democracy in local communities.
Teatro Lethes this Wednesday, on October 27th, hosted the Faro Convention International Conference - Warm Up Meeting, which aims to celebrate the 16 years of the Faro Convention on the Value of Cultural Heritage for Society.
In this session, memorandums of understanding were signed between the Municipality of Faro, the University of the Algarve, UNESCO - Chair on Heritage and Heritage and the Reshaping of Urban Conservation for Sustainability and the TU Delft Chairo n Heritage and Values (Netherlands), which aim to strengthen the collaboration and further development of this topic in the future and the development of an action programme for the first Faro Convention International Conference which will be held in 2022.
In the morning, the event had presentations by several PhD students on themes such as communities, sustainability, participation and urbanism. In the afternoon, a workshop and a debate on the use of digital technologies in the context of Cultural Heritage, with the MI.MOMO.FARO project as a motto, were held.
It is recalled that the Faro Convention, signed in the city on 27 October 2005, underlines the importance of cultural heritage as an integral part of Human Rights and democracy, promoting a broad and interdisciplinary understanding of this concept and its relationship with society.
The Faro Convention marks a turning point in heritage thinking, by understanding cultural heritage as a matter that belongs to all and for all, which should be everyone's responsibility and where everyone has the right to participate, being this inherent to the right to cultural participation defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With the creation of an International Conference dedicated to the Faro Convention, the Municipality of Faro and the Candidature of Faro to European Capital of Culture 2027 intend to promote this valorization of the individual and collective role of society within the scope of heritage, which without it loses its true meaning.
MI.MOMO.FARO distinguished with an Honourable Mention at the Iberian Biennial of Cultural Heritage 2021
The project MI.MOMO.FARO, promoted by the Faro’s candidacy to the European Capital of Culture, was distinguished with an Honourable Mention for Approaching the Young Public, in the first edition of the Património.pt Awards, of the Iberian Biennial of Cultural Heritage 2021.
Sophie Matias, Councillor for Faro City Council, said: "We are delighted to receive this distinction that recognises the capacity of mobilisation of the Municipality of Faro and the Candidature for European Capital of Culture, but mainly, to reward the effort and commitment of the teachers and students of our municipality. They were the ones who gave life to the project. This honourable mention will also leverage a second edition of MI.MOMO.FARO that will involve more schools in the region, more teachers and more students.”
Tiago Candeias, who represented MI.MOMO.FARO at the Iberian Biennial of Cultural Heritage 2021, said: "We make a very positive balance of our participation. This event is a benchmark in the Cultural Heritage sector, not only at national level, but also at Iberian and International level. We had a great participation from the public. Everyone showed great curiosity, interest and desire to know the project in order to understand how two apparently very different realities (Modernist Architecture and Minecraft) can come together and be taught in such a fun and challenging way. The interest was widespread, with many architects and teachers from schools in the region wanting to know more about the project and discover the buildings built by the students in Minecraft. The feedback we received exceeded all expectations."
During the last week, many people have passed by our space in the Santa Iria Fair and demonstrated themselves being "Marafados para Ganhar" for this candidacy. Our biggest thanks to all the artists who volunteered to make our space at the fair more dynamic, namely: João Correia who reproduced the image of the "Marafados para Ganhar" campaign on an urban art mural; the artists Joana R. Sá, Leandro Marcos, Maria Vaz and Fábio Soares (aka Basap), who were customising t-shirts to offer to the visitors; as well as the Real Tuna Infantina and the Tuna Feminina Feminis Ferventis who brought music and good mood to our space.
We have entered a new phase and the presence of Faro's Candidature to the European Capital of Culture 2027 in the Santa Iria Fair was one more step towards our affirmation as an artistic project and an important engine for the economic and social development of the Algarve. We want, as before, to continue to involve the whole region in the process, we count on everyone so that, together, we can face the challenges ahead.
We are "MARAFADOS PARA GANHAR".
Faro's candidacy to become the European Capital of Culture is the driving force behind the development of cultural programmes among municipalities
From August 7th to November 12th, various locations in the Algarve will host the musical & multimedia show, "Eis o Algarve". The next event will be on 28th August at Forte do Beliche in Sagres, followed by 7th September at Largo da Sé in Faro.
In this show, the accordion of Nelson Conceição, an internationally renowned musician from Bordeira, leads the audience on a journey through the traditional arts of the Algarve people, where dance, music, lighting, video and set design immerse the audience in the cultural identity of the region, from its roots to the present day.
An opportunity to rediscover the Algarve, its people and cultural heritage. 10 musicians, 4 dancers, dozens of video actors, several creators from various artistic disciplines and more than a dozen technicians, producers and production assistants, form a team of excellence, which built a unique and unpredictable show.
After the premiere in Estoi, "Eis o Algarve" will be presented in several dates and locations, with schedules to be confirmed, depending on the regulations in force at the time of its realization:
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Contacts for interviews | Mauro Amaral (+351 932 857 035) & Nelson Conceição (+351 965 581 477)
What beautiful, sustainable projects for everyone exist in the Algarve? What New European Bauhaus ideas and initiatives exist in other European countries and can be implemented in the Algarve? How can Algarve entities cooperate and co-create with the aim of actively participating in this big European movement?
These were the questions that guided the "Session of Co-Design of future projects under the New European Bauhaus movement", which took place on 21 July at the Museu do Traje, in S. Brás de Alportel, with the aim of contributing to the gathering of ideas for future projects and new unions that are fundamental to the development of the Algarve in this international challenge. The sharing session allowed us to explore new links and synergies between professionals and projects developed and desired for the Algarve region, crossing the areas of sustainability, accessibility, technology, art and culture.
The session was specially designed to achieve the proposed objectives and included several moments of participation, brainstorming and co-design of new projects. Revitalisation of the urban space and the rooftops, new models of artistic residences, social-based entrepreneurship, renewal and (re)adaptation of traditional knowledge, food education and sustainable consumption habits were some of the topics discussed.
Entities present at the Co-Design Session of future projects within the New European Bauhaus movement"
Currently projects and initiatives are being collected for the construction of the "digital gallery of inspiring projects in the Algarve, within the New European Bauhaus" through the following link: "New European Bauhaus" inspiring projects in the Algarve (google.com). Have you realized or have an ongoing project that fits the vision of the New European Bauhaus? Then this challenge is for you!
What happens when you put Modernist Architecture and Minecraft together?
The Grand Auditorium of the Gambelas Campus of the University of Algarve (UAlg) June 18, at 10:00 am will welcome the closing session of the educational project MI.MOMO.FARO. The ceremony will be accessible online and live on the Facebook page @faro2027, an event that will be attended by the Mayor of Faro, the National Commissioner for the National Arts Plan and partners of the project, as well as students, teachers and technical team involved in it. Besides the presentation of the works produced by students from the 3rd cycle of the local schools, the closing session of MI.MO.FARO also includes a cultural moment promoted by the National Arts Plan (PNA), now marking its second anniversary. The ceremony will be joined, by video, by a representative of Kaunas2022 (European Capital of Culture in 2022) that will integrate the second edition of MI.MOMO.FARO. MI.MOMO.FARO is a project developed by the Faro’s candidacy to European Capital of Culture, with the support of Microsoft and the National Plan for the Arts, with the aim of spreading the modernist architecture, as built cultural heritage and legacy for future generations.
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Become the Faro representative for the Rooftoppers Nomad Academy. Applications open until 06 June at www.acoteia.pt.
Faro Municipality will select a student or young professional in architecture, urban planning, heritage, arts, design, sociology, social sciences and humanities, cultural management, civil or environmental engineering (or related areas) to become Faro's representative in the Rooftoppers Nomad Academy, an innovative learning and networking project, which aims to explore and develop sustainable uses for European rooftops. The selected young person will have the opportunity to participate in an innovative exchange that can be framed in their academic or professional life.
Applications are open until 6 June and more information can be found at www.acoteia.pt. On 27 May there will be an information session via Zoom, requiring prior registration at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfiBFEOaUDiy5GL1ETRAQ9AU6ZyL4p2DXVxf3S650GFVDsJQ/viewfor.
Faro City Council is one of the members of the European Creative Rooftop Network, a project co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union and in that context has opened this call. The Academia Nómada of the European Creative Rooftop Network works as a network for sharing and creating knowledge, at the same time that promotes exchange, connecting 9 partners from various parts of Europe.
The selected members - 9 in total, one for each of the participating European cities - will be in contact in order to deepen their experience and will meet face-to-face through study visits to the partner cities. The experience gained and the work carried out will be disseminated in various media and presented at the ECRN Congress to be held in 2024. During the ECRN project period, Nomadic Academy members are expected to develop an academic study or a project related to the theme of the use of rooftops.
More information at: https://www.acoteia.pt/open-call-ercn.html.
What leads a family to buy or live in a building with modernist architecture? What impact do the characteristics of modernist buildings, such as minimalism, functionality, or the integration of interior and exterior spaces, have on the daily lives of families living in them? What experiences do families associate with their modernist buildings?
Living in a Modernist House is the theme of the second round table, promoted by the Candidature of Faro to become the European Capital of Culture, under the MI.MO.MO.FARO project.
Accessible to the public through the Facebook page @Faro2027, "Living in a Modernist House" will take place on April 29th, at 18:30pm, moderated by Graça Lobo, from the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve and Coordinator of the Regional Programme HArPA - Stories, Art in the Heritage of the Algarve.
This online session will also include the presence of several owners of modernist buildings in Faro who, with their testimonials, will highlight the characteristics of this architectural movement and how they impacted on their experiences in their respective buildings.
The project MI.MOMO.FARO aims to promote public discussion on major themes of Faro's Candidature to become the European Capital of Culture 2027: the city in the digital era, the enhancement of cultural heritage as a legacy for future generations and institutional cooperation in urban regeneration.