Passagens Festival 2024


We are organising a third edition of Passagens Festival!

In 2024, in SMUP – Sociedade Musical União Paredense, between the 25th e 26th of May, we are organising a weekend of education, discussion and celebration of migration in Portugal.

We will do it with artists, speakers and food from the world and we are counting on you for an amazing weekend!

Where? SMUP – Sociedade Musical União Paredense, Parede.

When? 25th and 26th of May 2024

What time to doors open: 14h

 


Music

Bia Ferreira

 

Bia Ferreira is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and activist who defines her music as “MMP – Música de Mulher Preta”. Her songs are against racism, homophobia and other issues. Feminism, love and politics are also themes she likes to explore.

She has been playing solo or with her band all over Brazil and Europe since 2017. In October 2022, she did a showcase at WOMEX in Lisbon, which turned out to be one of the best shows of the fair. That showcase (and of course, everything Bia Ferreira has been doing since she was a teenager) finally gave her what she had always wanted: for her music to be heard by people all over the world, even with lyrics sung in Portuguese.

In 2023 she performed around 53 concerts throughout Europe in solo and trio formats, including some in the USA and Canada. Bia Ferreira has also performed at some of the most important European festivals, and in August she played solo and trio concerts in Canada and in New York at the Summer for the City festival at Lincoln Center. Interestingly, in January 2024, she returned to Lincoln Center to take part in the Global Fest festival.

BatukadeiraX

The BatukadeiraX group emerged in 2020, following Madonna’s Madame X Tour, and its current aim is to spread batuko in a differentiated approach to the traditional one.
Madonna had her first contact with batuko while in Portugal. From this stay came the inspiration for the album Madame X, which features several artists, including the group Orquesta de Batukadeiras.
Currently, the BatukadeiraX group is made up of seven women of all different ages, but with a single purpose: to promote Batuko around the world and ensure the legacy and fusion of this Cape Verdean rhythm. It’s a combination of sounds, melodies and lyrics (originals and by Cape Verdean authors such as Orlando Pantera) that tell stories and convey emotions.
They performed for the first time as a group in 2021, in Lisbon, and since then they have toured Portugal from North to South. As part of the Madame X Tour, they were able to present batuko internationally, and as an independent group they made it across borders for the first time with a performance in Madrid at the beginning of 2023.

  

Sons do Afeganistão

A group of Afghan musicians living in Portugal come together to celebrate their shared heritage and the diversity of cultures and traditions in the different regions of their home country.

For an hour, musicians Waheed Amiri (tabla), Shafi Sepehr (harmonium and voice), Ebrahim Mohammadi (santur) and Waris Safi (rubab) take us on a journey through the country, through its diverse sounds, rhythms and poems. From Kabul to Herat, this concert is a portrait in living color of Afghanistan’s vast musical tapestry.


Saya

Saya is a multipotential artistic force, musical researcher and anti-racist activist. Born in Santiago de Compostela, originally from Palestine and based in Porto, she positions herself on the current scene as a multi-genre DJ, influenced by the various cultural and artistic worlds that surround her. Trained as a Pharmacist, VDJ and Sound Technician and currently studying Music Business at Arda Academy, she combines her role as music selector with a passion for cultural production, photography, videography and sound experimentation with field recordings.

She has performed at numerous venues, including clubs, venues and festivals in Galicia, Boiler Room x Sisters of Rave, Spanish venues such as Razzmatazz (Barcelona), Sala El Sol (Madrid), and clubs in Portugal such as Pérola Negra or Maus Hábitos (Porto), Musicbox and Arroz Estúdios (Lisbon) and Art Haus (Faro). She has also made the international leap with mixes for radio programs such as HKCR (Hong Kong), Rebel Up! (Brussels) or Radio Flouka (Paris) where she explores sounds outside of clubbing.

Her sessions are marked by roots rhythms, with genres ranging from kuduro to experimental Arabic electronica, gqom, baile & rave funk, deconstructed club, UK bass, Latin club or Amapian, among others. A journey in which she explores sounds from different regions and gives them recognition and visibility of the resistance that exists in these territories and in the diaspora. In this way, her DJ set creates a space of care and celebration of dissidence, and reminds us that the anti-racist struggle is also possible through music.


Poetry with Shahd Wadi

Shahd Wadi (3.2.1983) is Palestinian, among other possibilities, but freedom is above all Palestinian. She also tries to exercise her freedom in what she does, traveling between research, translation, writing, curating, artistic consultancy and performance, where she collaborated with Carlota Lagido (Mina/Jungle Red) and Christiane Jatahy (Moving People). She searched for her resistances when writing her first PhD dissertation in Portugal, in Feminist Studies at the University of Coimbra, which was published in the book “Corpos na trouxa: histórias-artísticas-de-vida de mulheres palestinianas no exílio” (2017), which served as the basis for the performance presented recently at the II Festival Eufémia: Perspectivas de Género e Identidades em Cena.

Her work deals with artistic narratives in the context of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and considers the arts to be a testimony to lives. Also hers.


Performance with Dori Nigro and Paulo Pinto

Dori Nigro, a performer from Pernambuco who lives in transit between Brazil and Portugal, and Paulo Pinto, a non-binary multi-artist, who lives in transit between Brazil and Portugal, present “Pin Dor Ama: Primeira Lição” (Pin Pain Loves: First Lesson).

“The password for pain is love. One of the meanings of the name Pindorama is “a land free of all evils”. Archaeologists believe that this mythology was formed during the ancient Amerindian migrations from the interior to the coastal shores. Before the invasions by colonial waters and the imposition of other names. Waves of violence, drowning, burying, erasing memories that, like a tsunami, swept from the edges to the center, interfering with nature; tampering with fauna and flora, people and relationships with other people, with things, with time and the environment, with beliefs, with history, with the life and death of the original peoples and those kidnapped from other nations. In the archaeology of affections, the narratives of the ignored and the massacred revolts, we look for references to survive the daily, timeless suffocations. The chalk floor is the first lesson, the rituals of our encounters with differences. Sketches of lucidity in constant states of panic demarcated by the comparisons and strangeness of others about our body, race, gender, relationship, condition as paper citizens… always foreigners from the global south. To confront is to discomfort. Tearing off the mask of the ancestral virus.

Resist colonial dust. Answer: clear it up. Sentimental cartographies tattooed on the anamnesis of bodies, in testament: genesis, exodus, numbers, chronicles, proverbs, songs, wisdom, lamentations, epistles, acts… and apocrypha of two companions, of life and art, who project pasts and futures as utopias of the present, in search of “a land free of all evils”. The trail of water from the colonies stupefies the senses, while the perfume of the incarnate enchanted bathes, liberates, guards and invites you to the rite. Sometimes you have to dance in order not to forget, to go mad. The password for pain is love: PIN DOR AMA”.


Talks

Exploitation of migrants on national territory.

Curatorship: Anabela Rodrigues

A conversation about human rights doesn’t have dates, a welcoming, friendly attitude towards anyone who lives in our country is fulfilling April, it’s allowing us to maintain peace in Portugal and in the world.

Us and Them – Colonialism and the European Border.

Curatorship: Miguel Duarte (Humans Before Borders)

There have never been so many people crossing borders as there are today, and there has never been so much violence against migrants as we are seeing now. De Genova tells us that it is the border that makes the migrant. How do European borders create in us a concept of the other, of the foreigner? How does this condition us to accept inequality? Perhaps most importantly of all: how are these constructions of ‘us’ and ‘them’ informed by our colonial heritage?

Justice and reparative policies in peripheral and suburban neighborhoods.

Curadoria: Sinho Bessa (Associação Cavaleiros São Brás)


Visual Arts

Mwana Photography

Mwana is a visual artist who works with photography, video and installation. In her work, Mwana explores issues of gender, identity and African collective memory, which she represents with elements of Afro-surrealism. Mwana is currently based in Porto.


Bazofo

Bazofo is a word in Cabo Verdian Criolo that describes someone with style and attitude. It is also a sustainable and ethical brand from Cova da Moura in Lisbon. Bazofo is part of a cultural project called Dentu Zona, which means “in the neighborhood”. The project involves activities such as markets in Cova da Moura to showcase local talent, cultural and music events to give space to artists from the community.


Food