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Walk&Talk Azores Festival the most exotic and genuine public art destination

W&T 2012 Okuda
Credits: Rui Soares

Walk&Talk, the International Public Art Festival which is shaking the artistic community and turning the Azores into a singular destination for creative tourists from around the world, returns from 12th to July 27th. Alexandre Farto (Vhils), Mark Jenkins, Okuda and REMED, are four among the 80 creators, from 11 nationalities, who have already participated in the festival and signed some of the 62 interventions that currently give São Miguel island the status of living and democratic museum, mapping the Azores in the new creative regions script.

Each year Walk&Talk Azores Festival gathers new talents and prominent contemporary art scene names that found in the exoticism and authenticity of this Atlantic archipelago an exceptional context to develop their work, sharing genuine cultural and co-creation experiences with the local community. Thanks to the growing Walk&Talk creative dynamics, besides the famous “Furnas” and “Sete Cidades” lagoon, today São Miguel island  also has a public art museum, where visitors and Azoreans can freely enjoy a circuit composed of over 62 contemporary artistic interventions.

W&T2011 Interesni Kazki
Mural painting, installation, sculpture, dance, music, video - from visual arts to performing arts and architecture, Walk&Talk Festival is based on an artistic residency model that encourages creation in permanent dialogue with public space. For this year’s edition the festival promoters promise to reinforce the bold, genuine and collaborative features that define the event, where they want to gather more than 50 artists. Walk&Talk Festival was founded in 2011 by two young Azorean, Diana Sousa (27 years old) and Jesse James (25 years old), is part of the growing Azorean cultural momentum and has turn into one of its most active agents by positioning the region as a must-visit destination for artists and people who follow the international art scene

Besides being an emerging event on the international art calendar, Walk&Talk Azores is a peer gathering, relaxed and collaborative art event that allows participant creators to discover the Azores in an unprecedented way - as transdisciplinary and artistic contamination context, which transforms the visit into a real creative tourism experience. People who didn’t have the Azores as a priority destination get the opportunity to discover a unique environment and become spontaneous ambassadors of their creative experiences.

W&T 2012 Mark Jenkins & Sandra Fernandez
A case study to follow: Walk&Talk Azores Festival has particular relevance because it illustrates the transformation of the tourism image of a territory, from its “disneyfied” projection, based on the reproduction of conventional tourist codes and icons, throughout creative innovation by promoting genuine experiences, as rich and diverse as its visitor’s interests. 

Crowdfunding campaign: Until July 4th Walk&Talk Azores is promoting a funds raising campaign to help support this year’s festival edition. Fans and followers may contribute with donations starting at 10 euro’s to help build and improve its production and artistic program, that will gather over 50 Portuguese and foreign artists in São Miguel island. Big fans, with donations over 500 euro’s, can see their names drawn by an artist in a huge mural or be guests of honor, entitled to a special creative tourism package that includes travel and accommodation, during the festival.

For more information and contributions, please click here.

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