This year, the Festival Materiais Diversos celebrates its 10th edition. We celebrate this milestone with a well-participated programme which afirms the festival, above all, as a meeting place and a time to share different visions and concerns. We celebrate the festival as the culmination of a biannual programme, during which we dedicate more time to each partner, each artist and collective, each question, process, person.
Many possibilities have opened since 2009, many paths have crossed each other and diverged, several projects were started, were finished or abandoned. The joy of reaching number 10 is great, especially in developing a festival within the Portuguese context, where cultural politics are intermittent and not always the most ambitious or courageous — which led us to persist even more, in order to arrive at this moment.
It is through effort and sensitivity that we have created the conditions for the meeting between the localities in which we work — Minde, Alcanena, Cartaxo —, their people, and the artists coming from different places, with their preoccupations, sensibilities and knowledge.
During these nine days (ten minus one for voting) we propose that each participant scrutinize below the surface, and travel the distance between those differences which, after all, can bring us together as much as they can separate us, to go from being spectators, to being actors of public life and of (in) common life.
We work to reveal gestures, bodies and stories, thoughts and emotions. We work to multiply languages in conversation, and the possibilities of choice that everyone should be able to make and, also, in order to be together, to laugh together, and to dance together. Come and join us!
Materiais Diversos Artistic Director
Elisabete Paiva em colaboração Sara Abrantes e Sofia Matos
Participation and Audience Engagement
Elsa Vieira, João Neves
Miguel Canaverde, Janine Gonçalves, Pedro Mourinha
Ticket and Management Support
Miguel Pacheco Gomes