March 2019 Notes from MiratecArts
Galicia embraces MiratecArts
With the goal of promoting the Azores with art and artists, MiratecArts goes beyond the production of regional events and festivals. Its international campaign arrived in Galicia in March, presented by artistic director of the Pico Island cultural entity, Terry Costa, with visits to Santiago de Compostela, Vigo, and the Iberian Festival Awards at the Teatro Afundacion.
Terry Costa did not let the opportunity stay there, taking advantage to promote MiratecArts projects and the Azores in the media and meetings with cultural and governmental entities. With a larger audience than the population of the Azores, Galicia Por Diante is the morning program of Radio Galega, where Costa spread the message that the Azores is not only a natural landscape, but a vibrant region full of artistic culture and talent that can go to every corner of the world.
A conference at Camões Centro Cultural Português de Vigo, a meeting with the Portuguese consul, Dr. Manuel Correia da Silva, and interactions with various entities through the Iberian Festival Awards also made the trip worthwhile.
Galeria Costa at Expo Jardim
One of the projects on the island of Pico getting much talk is the property at MiratecArts headquarters: Galeria Costa. The gallery has already received accolades from Lonely Planet, the largest tourist guide site, as well as making the list of AZORES TOP 10 most interesting places to visit on the islands.
For the first time, MiratecArts Galeria Costa was presented to audiences at Expo Jardim Lisbon, the largest fair in the country dedicated to everything related to gardens and gardening. Galeria Costa is also being showcased this year in the popular German tour guide by DuMont, and has new works on display by Portuguese artists such as Carlos Sousa, and international artists like Nancy Yule from Canada and Nina Swistel from the United States, joining the more than 30 art pieces open to visitors daily in the outdoor gallery.
MiratecArts in the Iberian Peninsula
MiratecArts has launched a promotional campaign inspired by the Azorean myth of the "Labregos", with photography by Davide Sousa. The intention of the theme is to encourage more artists to work with stories and legends of the islands.
A tour of the Iberian Peninsula using the campaign and promoting MiratecArts projects took place in March, with artistic director Terry Costa leading workshops and participating in conferences, as well as meeting Spanish and Portuguese personalities, including the President of the Portuguese Republic, Dr. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and the Minister of Culture, Dr. Graça Fonseca.
Eighteen events took place during 12 days in 10 cities, including Madrid, Porto, Aveiro, Portalegre and Coruche - the World Capital of Cork - where MiratecArts intends to develop a new project. In Lisbon, Talkfest at the Communications Museum highlighted Cordas World Music Festival, and at the Lisbon Tourism Exchange (BTL) MiratecArts magazine was distributed to dozens of entities.