Walk &Talk Azores 2014-the International Festival of Public Art will return from July 18th to August 3rd and it will fill walls, streets and several cultural spaces in the island of Sao Miguel. The program will show several artistic art works by more than 50 national and international creative artists.
Walk & Talk Festival was created in 2011 by the Cultural Interpretation Association Anda & Fala. Since then it has contributed to display the Azores in the international artistic route thanks to the positive impact it had on national and foreign creators that have participated in the three previous editions of the Festival. A kind of audience that normally wouldn’t see the Azores as a main destination and end up discovering the naturally exotic and authentic context of the island and its people. The artistic residencies stimulate with their participatory model to sharing and co creation, making the invited guests excellent ambassadors for the Festival.
The Walk & Talk Azores Festival intends to show the growth of Cultural Tourism in the European market, in particular the emergence of new creative tourists that can be a great opportunity to innovate the touristic offer of the region. The Azores are displayed as an exceptional destination for nature tourism and adding to its natural beauty a cultural dynamic it will enhance the balance, diversity and authenticity that is already innate to it.“Our presence here proves the relevance of Walk & Talk in the touristic context of the region, it is a strategic sector for the innovation and development of the Azores. The promotion of such a destination combining its natural and artistic values translates into a relevant and sustainable collaboration for both the cultural and tourism sectors,” explains to Jesse James, Creative Director of Walk & Talk Azores Festival.
The 2014 edition brings innovations like the Walk & Talk Interactive Route app that will show the route to follow public art in Sao Miguel. Joao Pedro Vale and Nuno Alexandre Ferreira are the invited artists to share the experience about their participation in the Festival.