Festival Giacometii - Programme 2018

MUSICA, GASTRONOMY, ARTS & CRAFTS, DANCE, ANTROPOLOGY and CINEMA.

This annual event embraces cultural challenges through the presentation of national and international events of various contemporary expressions, marrying together tradition and innovation.

FESTIVAL GIACOMETTI - PROGRAMME 2018

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Friday, Jun 01

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CELEBRATION OF BELLS

Close to 450 children from the Municipality of Ferreira do Alentejo parade artisan bells fabricated in Alcáçovas, linking the art of metal foundry, transhumance rituals and the manifestations of contemporary imaterial heritage, as in the case of Folkloric Group Os Chocalheiros de Vila Verde de Ficalho, responsible many times for the opening of festivals and cultural events. Just so, we iniciate the festivities with the children protagonists in the opening of Festival Giacometti.

11:45
Ruas de Ferreira do Alentejo
#music #anthropology

MONTAGE OF SHEPERD’S BELL RACK

Composed of 450 bells from the Alcáçovas Bronze and Brass Foundry, this community instrument invites the whole population to play music of indeterminate composition. A proposal following the great composer John Cage, revealing the chiming sonorities of goat herding and presenting the mastery of Rodrigo Sim Sim, the artisan manufacturer of the bells, that tell of their foundry, on the edge of the boiling oven, “It’s the metal speaks to me, and the metal that teaches”.

12:00
Manuel da Fonseca Centre
#music #art

DEAMBULATION OF CHOCALHEIROS DE VILA VERDE DE FICALHO

Around since ancient times, it wasn’t long ago that the deambulation of the chocalheiros (a male group adorned with large cow bells amongst others),  formed part of the Easter celebrations. The celebrations come to us today through the Chocalheiros de Vila Verde Ficalho, sharing with us the echo of the transhumance rituals of these lands.

17:00
Ruas de Peroguarda
#music

VOYAGE IN TIME

Mostra de pintura de Ana Parreira

In the 70s and 80s in Cascais, Ana Parreira formed part of the same artistic and intellectual gathering to which Michel Giacometti belonged. Both share an extraordinary intimacy with Alentejo, Michel through musicology and Ana through visual expression, namely painting, design, sculpture and performance. “I remember Michel would say to me that i should be obligated to work full time in painting, without being involved in other activities. That’s not what happened, looking back over time, i can confirm though that i never stopped, painting has always been for me a necessity”.

Special participation of the Ethnographic Choir Group Alma Alentejana. 

17:30
Casa do Povo in Peroguarda
#exhibition #art

DEAMBULATION OF CHOCALHEIROS DE VILA VERDE DE FICALHO

Around since ancient times, it wasn’t long ago that the deambulation of the chocalheiros (a male group adorned with large cow bells amongst others),  formed part of the Easter celebrations. The celebrations come to us today through the Chocalheiros de Vila Verde Ficalho, sharing with us the echo of the transhumance rituals of these lands.

19:00
Ruas de Peroguarda
#music

A REST IN THE INTENSITY OF COLOURS

de Francisca Marvão e Tatiana Saavedra

Life is a vertiginous journey. The Săpânţa people accompany this journey in their everyday, from death to birth, the colours to their rest. 

21’ / PT / 2017

19:15
Saint Antonio Chapel
#cinema

CHORAL GROUPS THE BOINAS AND CANTADORES DO LADRÃO

Cante Alentejano

The musicological centre Casa do Vinho e do Cante celebrate its Culture and Living History, receiving the Choral Group Boinas and the Cantadores do Ladrão, all of these men locals in this house formerly known as Zé Lelito’s Tevern. Amongst the large clay ’talhas’, passed down from generation to generation, the Cante is transmitted and shared amid wine and nibbles.

20:00
Museological Centre of Wine and Alentejano Cante: Zé Lelito’s Tavern
#music

PEOPLE WHO SING, A FEW EPISODES

The episodes realised by television network RTP, for Corsican ethnomusicologist Michel Giacometti, are the fruits of a collection and investigation in Portugal of irrefutable value in the areas of popular music and culture. Thanks to these televised documents we can today appreciate and widely comprehend a culture of popular expression in the disappeared rural world.

21:00
Largo Dr Manuel de Oliveira
#anthropology #cinema

ROSALÍA MOWGLI AND THE ENCHANTED SCHOOL

Strongly didactic in character, this concert travels through various musical cultures, Iberian, Indian, latin-american, african and flamenco, introducing the diverse sounds of multiple musical instruments. In a direct involvement with its child audience, the group uncovers yet their quirky ability to transform everyday objects into musical instruments. 

21:30
Municipal Garden
#music

FONKO

A great musical revolution of our time is taking place in Africa. Kuduro, coupé-décalé and ndombolo are dance music styles, based on traditional rhythms and have become a way of a generation to express their identity. Narrated by Fela Kuti and Neneh Cherry.  

88’ / SWEDEN / 2016 / subtitled

22:00
Manuel da Fonseca Centre
#cinema

DJ RITA SÓ - UNDOING TABOOS

Lady of knowledge and deeply passionate about music in its purest and countless latitudes, Rita Só reveals her vibrant and outstanding African music collection, paying particular attention to the rhythms of Angola and Cape Verde, making worlds and stories cross in an equilibrium of fever and great celebration.

00:00
Municipal Garden
#music

Saturday, Jun 02

Despique da Popia

Local Popia biscuit Challenge

All are invited to try the traditional ‘popia’ biscuits, showcased for the public by the local Ferreira borough population presenting their old family recipes from grandparents and godmothers. Local neighbours Chica (Teresa Jardinha) and Rosa (Rita Guerreiro) already know it’s not to be missed.

10:45
Municipal Garden
#gastronomy

THE POPULAR RELIGIOUS CANTE IN LOWER ALENTEJO

The composer Father António Cartageno, with diplomas in Gregorian Chant and Sacred Composition from the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome, shares with us his sensibility and knowledge of the popular religious Cante in lower Alentejo, that as such contributed to evangelisation and the culture. 

11:30
Manuel da Fonseca Centre
#music #workshop

IBERICAN MUSIC - WORKSHOP

Directed at professional musicians, amateurs or the curious, who want to launch themselves into an afternoon lesson on Iberian music and culture, running for around 2 hours 30 mins, this workshop is a journey through the beauty of popular Spanish roots music based on a collection of different music from various parts of Spain. Explore the songs, rhythms and melodies of traditional Spanish music from Cantabria, Castela, Salamanca, Asturias, La Mancha, Extremadura, Ibiza and Andalusia. A variety of instruments, the flamenco percussion box, the adufe, the mortar and pandeireta tambourine will be handled and explored by the participants in an orientation by Rosalía Mowgli and Luis Gálvez. 

14:30
Terraço do Museu Municipal
#music #workshop

THE CASE OF THE WOVEN MAT BASKETS OF ODIVELAS

A pre-industrial artisanal activity, the production of woven mat baskets in the Odivelas district, municipality of Ferreira do Alentejo, involves endogenous vegetal species, characteristic along the Odivelas riverside margins, reed and wicker in particular. It is an emblematic activity that gives identity in this district that involves different know how related with the preparation of the reeds, from loom assembly to fibre interlacing, sewing of the mats and joining on of the wings. The ornamental patterns assume the form of roses, checks, simple stripes, diamonds, crosses and lines that reveal themselves in green, yellow, red and pink.

This art form has been transmitted from generation to generation, persisting until today in Odivelas where it is still practiced by Herminia Gonçalves and José Nunes, at what is hoped not to be the last basket workshop! 

17:00
Municipal Museum
#exhibition #art

CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE: MARIRI - MUSIC AND DANCE FOR PLANTS AND HARVEST

In this session of CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE, the indigenous musician Kawá Huni Kuin and anthropologist Verónica Castro talk about life in the indigenous villages of the high Jordan in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon forrest, revealing to us the fundamental role of music and dance in the Huni Kuni ethnic culture. Kawá originates from the forrest where Veronica Castro has been carrying out her most recent field work. Both invite the public to participate in a Round of Rapé, a ceremony performed through the bone of an Amazonian deer.

19:00
Municipal Garden
#anthropology #workshop

ARTESANAL BEERS FROM LOWER ALENTEJO

The three artisanal beer producers in lower Alentejo present their brewing art for tasting.

20:00
Comendador Infante Passanha Square
#gastronomy

SUBVERSIONS AND URBAN LULLABIES

Subversions and Urban Lullaby Songs by Rosalía Mowgli, singer, guitarist and composer with a profound knowledge of traditional Iberian music, brings us a wide range of popular songs transformed through her creative and eclectic approach. This imaginative musical journey is accompanied by Luis Gálvez “Punto”, percussionist from Toledo, whose collaboration with Rosalía Mowgli exudes extraordinary complicity, as such guaranteeing a brilliant performance. 

20:30
Comendador Infante Passanha Square
#music

PAULITEIROS DE CÉRCIO, MIRANDA DO DOURO

The dance of the Pauliteiros could well have originated from the warriors of the Celtic era. The dances “Lhaços”, considered choreographically unique worldwide, portray the nature of different agricultural subjects, with an emphasis on social issues, warriors, love and religion, amongst others. The first official documents regarding the Folkloric group the Pauliteiros de Cércio refer to its displacement in London in 1933. The costume models worn by the group then are the same used today. Since then, despite having suffered from the immigration in the 1960s, they were invited to the best folkloric festivals in the world, maintaining the spirit of their ancestors and sharing the traditional dance in their blood.

21:30
Comendador Infante Passanha Square
#music #dance

CAMPANIÇA CHALLENGE

Evoking the most genuine playing of the viola campaniça, which was always accompanied by the improvised Cante Alentejano, Pedro Mestre presents unpublished works to the public, of his authorship and ‘modas’ or songs from the traditional Alentejo songbook, which are given a new take, where tradition and innovation merge. He will count on the participation of various invited guest musicians who share a common love and fascination for traditional roots music or have followed him throughout his personal and professional path in an interesting way. Campaniça challenge, a performance not to miss, which aims to enhance the traditional and musical richness that characterises Pedro Mestre, the Viola Campaniça and Alentejo. 

22:00
Comendador Infante Passanha Square
#music

FONKO

A great musical revolution of our time is taking place in Africa. Kuduro, coupé-décalé and ndombolo are dance music styles, based on traditional rhythms and have become a way of a generation to express their identity. Narrated by Fela Kuti and Neneh Cherry.  

88’ / SWEDEN / 2016 / subtitled

23:00
Manuel da Fonseca Centre
#cinema

DJ 4LQUIMIA

A night dedicated to Hip Hop. DJ 4lquimista brings us music of his own and a comprehensive musical journey that crosses Hip Hop and Drum N Bass with samples of traditional music recorded by Michel Giacometti. 

00:30
Municipal Garden
#music

Dj KennyStones

DJ KennyStones takes us on a journey through time, passing through Hip Hop styles from the Bombs to the Traps and presents for the first time in Ferreira songs of his own.

01:30
Municipal Garden
#music

Sunday, Jun 03

Largada de pombos

RELEASE OF HOMING PIGEONS

Release day courtesy of the Columbófila Section of the Casa do Povo and the Columbófila Society Asas Azuis. 

10:50
Casa do Povo in Peroguarda
#anthropology

THE ART OF CUTTING PROSCIUTTO

Slicing prosciutto and laying it out in a design on the plate is the art of Antonio González Cárdeno. Originally from Cumbres Mayores (Huelva), Antonio has been slicing prosciutto for the last 6 years and competing in the national (Spain) and International circuit for the last 2 years. Currently he has twenty prizes, among which stands out as the current Vice-champion of Prosciutto Slicing in Spain 2018.

11:30
Casa do Povo in Peroguarda
#gastronomy

ASSORTMENT OF IBERIAN PROSCIUTTO

Funds raised from the assortment donated to Ferreira do Alentejo Voluntary Firefighters. 

12:00
Beside the Peroguarda Church
#gastronomy

AMONGST FAMILY - ACCORDION CONCERT

Odivelas Accordionist João Romão and his young nephew, award winning accordionist Luís Miguel Romão Mira, give us the pleasure of listening to them amongst family.

12:20
Casa do Povo in Peroguarda
#music

POPULAR GASPACHO

Community lunch prepared in Peroguarda by an exclusively male team, with celery provided from the local Alfundão and Peroguarda councils. Special participation by the Peroguarda female Cante Choir group the Margaridas.  

13:00
Casa do Povo in Peroguarda
#gastronomy

SYMBIOSIS BETWEEN PORTUGAL, THE HIP HOP CULTURE AND THE DISSECTION OF INSTRUMENTS

The lecture focuses on the influences and development throughout the history of Hip Hop in the United States and Portugal. Hip Hop draws many references to popular tradition,  as Blues and Jazz to the United States and Fado to Portugal. How can Hip Hop gain a unique sound in the world and give new life to our musical traditions. The workshop invites professional musicians, amateurs and the curious to learn the inherent techniques in the creative process of sampling, deconstructing and dissecting music.

16:00
Manuel da Fonseca Centre
#music #workshop

FONKO

A great musical revolution of our time is taking place in Africa. Kuduro, coupé-décalé and ndombolo are dance music styles, based on traditional rhythms and have become a way of a generation to express their identity. Narrated by Fela Kuti and Neneh Cherry.  

88’ / SWEDEN / 2016 / subtitled

21:00
Manuel da Fonseca Centre
#cinema