Opinion article by Débora Gonçalves, Facilitator Faro2027
New European Bauhaus (Within The Festival)
SECOND EDITION OF MI.MOMO.FARO: Project that brought Minecraft to classrooms now reaches more students
Faro's candidacy to be European Capital of Culture has just launched the book "Europe at Home", an artistic reflection on the pandemic and its impact on the daily lives of families and communities in Europe.
With an opening text by Lídia Jorge, the book "Europe at Home" gathers literary texts and photographs by more than 60 artists from 30 European cities, in a joint vision about a particularly demanding moment in our lives, marked by the harshness of social isolation and repeated confinements. According to Lídia Jorge: "It is a pleasure for me to participate in this book. May this book and all the involvement it represents be a gateway to Faro, a city that intends to win the title of European Capital of Culture. Art and literature being essential goods to life".
The writer Sandro William Junqueira and the photographer Vasco Célio, were the artists invited by Faro2027 to represent the city of Faro in the project Europe at Home. According to Sandro William Junqueira and Vasco Célio, this project is revealing of human fragility. Participating in Europe at Home is to contribute to building a memory for the future of this unprecedented moment experienced by us all. The photographs and texts present in the book "Europe at Home" are a reflection on the unpredictability of nature and on the way we live our lives today.
Created in 2020, "Europe at Home" was thought, developed and implemented as a purely digital project, but over time it has grown and gained dimension. The importance of the initiative, as an artistic legacy for future memory, led 30 European cities to join Faro2027 in this initiative, which aims to be a unique and singular record of an unprecedented period in our collective history. As such, "Europe at Home" quickly jumped from the website and social networks to paper, now giving birth to a work with the same name. The public presentation of the book "Europe at Home" took place last Monday, February 21th, in a ceremony held at Club Farense. The books can be purchased at the Municipal Museum in Faro.
You can watch the video of the event here:
Faro City Council is up to transform one of the city's most iconic buildings into a hub for art and creativity, open to all, and which, if Faro is awarded the title of European Capital of Culture, will be its home for international projects.
During the preparation process of Faro's candidature to become the European Capital of Culture, the Fábrica da Cerveja was one of the most mentioned buildings in the several and wide participation processes that took place. In Faro's candidature, the Fábrica da Cerveja is an emblematic building which will host the project's Head Office in a close connection with the Cultural KM. Opening the city to the Ria Formosa through this building is an another vehicle that will seek to be a common ground to understand the territory, in a mindset of greater respect for biodiversity.
In order to structure a strategic programme that can be solid and allow progress to the project and subsequent construction phases, the municipality established a partnership with Gonçalo Louro & Cláudia Santos - Arquitectos, Lda. in cooperation with Opium, Lda. and Pablo Berástegui which allowed the construction of a Strategic and Functional Programme for the Beer Factory. It was a participative process in which many people, cultural agents and regional agents were heard. This programme is intended to preserve the dynamics that already exist in the space by opening it up to the participation of all.
Fábrica da Cerveja will be a centre for art and creativity, a space for creation, exhibition and meeting for cultural agents and a space for public use, with the possibility of daily enjoyment in a logic of encounter for all. Its value chain will be: empower - produce - inspire - enjoy - share - expand - enable.
With the title "A special gift", the 12th book of the collection "The adventures of Farrobinhas" is dedicated to Faro's candidacy to become the European Capital of Culture. As in previous editions, the book was offered and distributed by Faro City Hall in all kindergartens and primary schools in the county.
This Christmas, Eugénio, Ana, Afonso and Farroba receive a very special visit that takes them back in time. On this journey they will discover and explain to the youngest ones the importance of the region's cultural heritage, as well as the importance of culture and the title of European Capital of Culture 2027 for the economic, social and environmental development of the region.
The Faro2027 team also created a video where the story is told and all children can hear the adventures of these heroes. During the Christmas season the video will be promoted on the social networks of Faro's Candidature to European Capital of Culture, as well as the Municipality and the Faro Municipal Library. In January the books "The adventures of the Farrobinhas - A special gift" will be at the Faro Municipal Market, with reading sessions at Banca da Cultura, aimed at the youngest visitors.
"Cataplanas do Mundo" is one of the projects developed by Faro's Candidature to the European Capital of Culture, in partnership with “Tertúlia Algarvia”. The main goal of this project is the sharing of cultures and the inclusion of immigrant groups present in the Algarve through gastronomy.
The first meeting took place on 18th of October, at Tertúlia Algarvia restaurant. On that day, the Chef cooked a typical Algarve cataplana and presented the challenge to the participants. We had lunch together and shared countless stories at the table.
On November 8th, a second meeting took place where Ikram (Moroccan), Diana (Romanian) and Helena (Cape Verdean) prepared typical dishes from their countries inside our Algarvian cataplana, which allowed us to travel through flavours, which is the aim of this huge gastro-diplomatic project. We were also joined by Iram (Pakistani) and Euza (Brazilian), who also will be preparing typical recipes from their origins soon.
We added a dash of colours and flavours from other cultures, added a handful of dedication and tradition, poured everything into the Algarvian cataplana and cooked the Cataplanas of the World, ready to serve at your home.
From 18th of November to 2nd of December, these five international cooks will prepare various Algarvian cataplanas, all made with ingredients and recipes from their respective countries of origin. The cataplanas will then be raffled off and delivered to the home of the winning family. Entries for the Cataplanas of the World draw should be made at: https://www.faro2027.eu/cataplanasdomundo.html .
The first Cataplana of the World is from Brazil and will be prepared on November 18th, followed by cataplanas from Romania (November 24th), from Pakistan and Cape Verde (November 29th) and finally from Morocco (December 2nd).
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".
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."
The kick-off meeting of the EXPLORE+ creative exploration of curiosity for innovative transdisciplinary, STEAM and social learning project under the European Erasmus+ Programme Strategic Partnerships for Creativity (KA227) was held on October 21-22th.
With partners from cities that are involved in European Capital of Culture application processes, this project connects schools and civil society in a Strategic Partnership to implement STEAM methodologies (acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) in a perspective of interdisciplinary work in the school curriculum and the introduction of creative and artistic methodologies in the educational process.
In Faro, the partnership includes ES Pinheiro e Rosa and Museu Zer0, invited by the structure dedicated to the preparation of Faro's proposal to become the European Capital of Culture 2027.
Based on the Essential Learning of the different subjects of the Scientific and Humanistic Courses, during two school years activities will be developed, tested and systematised in the Secondary Education classes of AE Pinheiro e Rosa, using STEAM methodology, using STEAM methodology, with the support of Zer0 Museum as part of its cultural mediation work for Digital Art. This project is part of the School Cultural Project of the Pinheiro e Rosa School Grouping, within the National Arts Plan and will include: 3 study visits to the countries involved; the implementation of an Arts and Technology Fair and the creation of an Activity Manual with the developed work and a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to disseminate the Manual, in addition to holding a final conference in the framework of the Timisoara European Capital of Culture 2023 programme.
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.
Click to access the event and programme, Link to event on Facebook
What show would you like to see? Would you like to suggest an event or an exhibition? Do you have a good idea or project you'd like to get out of the drawer? If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, drop by our Culture Booth and join us for online meetings. We want to hear what you have to say. Together we will build the cultural programme for Faro's Candidature to be European Capital of Culture 2027.
In order to mobilize and integrate the community in a project with the importance and dimension of the Candidature of Faro to European Capital of Culture 2027 (Faro 2027), we created Banca da Cultura, a space for cooperation and sharing, where ideas and proposals can be presented for the realization of initiatives, spaces or construction of events in order to build the artistic program of the Candidature. These meeting points for the exchange of ideas are open to all citizens of the Algarve region who wish to participate and contribute with their ideas and points of view, without needing to be connected to the cultural and creative sector of the region.
How can you participate?
Banca da Cultura will be accessible to all those who wish to participate, through four online meetings:
There is a permanent Banca da Cultura on our website where through a simple form you can submit your idea, dream or project for 2027.
So that no one is left out, and everyone can contribute towards building Faro 2027, our Banca da Cultura will have a physical space in the Faro Municipal Market (to be opened on a date that's to be announced) and will also travel around the Algarve with necessary stops in communities, associations and other entities, such as immigrant communities.
In the scope of the Cultura Algarve Horizonte 2030 process, a World Café for the Cultural and Creative Sector in the Algarve region will take place on May 12th between 5.30pm and 8pm, for which you can register HERE.
This board session for the Algarve Cultural and Creative Sector uses the group methodology commonly known as World Café. This is a methodology of sharing and group discussion widely used throughout the world, being very useful to stimulate creativity, explore relevant themes and create space for collective intelligence to emerge. The name Café appears precisely to invite people to talk in an informal, relaxed way, as if they were at a table in a café/restaurant. Although this World Café is Virtual, taking place on the Zoom platform, it will use methodologies that allow this action to be developed with dynamism and generating opportunities for everyone to participate, just as they would in a face-to-face setting.
The aim is that the participants' contributions can be integrated in the document "Cultura Algarve Horizonte 2030", which should be concluded by the end of the summer and will serve to guide the municipalities and regional entities, framing public policies, with a view to the cultural development of the region.
In a partnership between AMAL, Faro2027, the Regional Directorate of Culture of the Algarve and the University of the Algarve, a series of online actions have been carried out, focusing on the importance of culture in the development of the territories. Another consultation session open to the public is scheduled for the 19th of this month.
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.
A present for the future of Faro, Faro2027 is promoting young Algarve artists through the Cápsula project