Support the 9th Edition of the Festival ImigrArte
The ImigrArte Festival was born in 2007, inside the association Solidariedade Imigrante a non-profit organisation of public utility, based in Lisbon, Portugal.
With Festival ImigrArte, we seek to highlight the social and the cultural potential of the immigrants by promoting dialogs between the various foreign communities as well between Portuguese citizens and foreign citizens.
With this initiative we build bridges between the various foreign communities; enhance the initiative of the descendants and promote the art and culture produced by immigrants and their descendants. In the organization of the festival, done in partnership with numerous immigrant associations, the artists and the activists are the immigrants themselves and they are the ones who make the decisions, work out the program and generate the entire event.
Organized entirely by volunteers, this event is considered today as an important social and cultural reference of Lisbon. It involves the voluntary participation of 250 artists from more than 25 different countries and it is divided into areas such as music, dance, theatre, cinema, visual arts, photography, literature and crafts.
The program also contains the presence of 30 immigrant associations, various initiatives, international gastronomy, debates, conferences and workshops. About 26 shows and 16 parallel activities are presented and the festival reaches around 3500 visitors.
The entrance is free for all activities and shows.
The ImigrArte has relied on logistical support and partnerships with the Museu do Oriente Foundation, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Lisbon City Council, the Santa Casa da Misericordia of Lisboa, EGEAC, RTP 2, SIC, RTPÁfrica, TVGlobo, RDPÁfrica, Antena 1, the newspaper Slovo, the magazine Brasileirinho and several online sites and agendas.
This year, the 9th edition of the festival takes place on November 14h and 15th at the Ateneu Comercial de Lisboa. The organization team is trying, trough the crowdfunding, to raise the funds needed to help to pay for the rental of the local, for the rental of sound equipment and the lights and for the payment of the technicians. These expenses represent 40% of the festival’s budget. The remaining 60% are covered by Solidariedade Imigrante. The fundraising of this campaign will also help us by achieving better conditions for all participants.
About the author
Solidariedade Imigrante is a national, non-profit organisation, set up in 2001 in order to defend the rights of immigrants in Portugal. It has 25.000 members from 97 different nationalities and it is the largest association of immigrants nationwide and one of the largest in Europe. Its action is structured and developed in different areas of work, which include legal support for immigrants, intercultural and citizenship activities, actions involving immigrant women, specialized employment support, non-formal training activities and social mobilization activities. Throughout these years the association executed numerous projects in national and European programs, many in partnership with leading public and private foundations in the country.
Nuno Pedro: Bachelor degree in Film and Video by Superior Artistic School of Porto. Sociocultural mediator by profession since 2010 in the association Soliedariedade Imigrante. Group coordinator of the Intercultural and Citizenship group and general coordinator of the Festival ImigrArte since 2010. Cultural coordinator of the 4th Municipal Forum of Interculturalism (FMINT 2014) tutored by CML in 2014. Manager of the European Voluntary Service Program (Erasmus +) in Solidariedade Imigrante.
“To ensure this portion of the funding for the Festival ImigrArte 2015 we are asking you here, is vital for us. We need it to carry out this 9th edition with dignified conditions and reward all the participants who voluntarily share their talents, their work and dedication to this cause”.
Timóteo Macedo: Founding member and president of the association Soliedariedade Imigrante since 2001. Advisor of the Advisory Council for Immigration Matters (COCAI) current Board of Migration (CM) since its creation (2001) overseen by ACIDI. Member of the Commission for Equality against Racial Discrimination (CICDR) tutored by ACIDI. City Council member for Interculturalism and Citizenship, tutored by the CML. Councillor for Housing, protected by the CML.
“This support will contribute to the cause of immigration. We intend, through this festival, to create a bridge between all immigrant communities and the Portuguese society from the perspective of developing a greater knowledge and appreciation of people and their cultures.”
Jessica Lopes: Bachelor degree in Social Work from the University of Luxembourg. Volunteer in the association Solidariedade Imigrante.
“As an immigrant in Portugal and recent member of the coordination of this festival, I would love us to be able to carry the message of equal rights and opportunities for immigrants and Portuguese and to promote the dialogue between cultures as much as possible. For this to happen, we need your help.”