"Faro 2027, and now what?" - The book that compiles around two dozen texts by national and international specialists
The candidacy of Faro to become the European Capital of Culture in 2027 invited Andreia Fidalgo and Gonçalo Duarte Gomes to coordinate the publication of a set of opinion articles that were fundamental in bringing conceptual thought to the themes of the candidacy.
After a broad and multiple process of public consultation, which involved many outdoor conversations, interviews, focus groups and a number of other formats, all these contributions were compiled and systematised, giving rise to thematic guidelines. For several months, the Faro2027 team maintained an intense and fruitful dialogue that sought, in an initial phase, to test these thematic priorities with visions from the outside in, questioning what role a territory like the Algarve could have in Europe and, subsequently, almost in the form of a written dialogue, a similar vision was requested from a perspective in the opposite direction, from the inside out.
Several of these texts were written after many hours of conversations that generated numerous reflections that proved to be fundamental to focus the themes worked on in the application. Issues such as interculturality; climate change; social and cultural issues surrounding tourism and even hidden poverty in the region; or even issues related to the city-building in a massive tourism destination, were some of the issues addressed.
They are texts that make us reflect, against the backdrop of culture and creativity. The title chosen by the coordinators of the publication is a call to action.
An action that calls us all together.