“Festival Dos Canais” turns the city of Aveiro into a stage
18 July 2022
Since the last weekend, 14 June, the annual event “Festival dos Canais” (eng. Festival of Canals) inhabits again Portuguese city of Aveiro for artistic experiences with even more energy and vitality. With around 130 proposals from 400 artists from 16 countries, performing at 25 locations throughout the city, this festival covers diverse artistic mediums, including music, theatre, contemporary circus and visual arts. The second weekend of the festival will take place from the 22 to 24 July.
“Festival dos Canais” with its programme emphasises the importance and connectivity with the territory by turning Aveiro into a stage where the continuous dialogue with both landscapes, heritage and architecture and urban and exterior water channels are being built.
The main purpose is to turn the city into a living laboratory where new dynamics, uses of spaces and cultural perspectives can be explored. In order to achieve it, collaboration is an important feature of this platform where cross-cultural interchanges are being favoured both on a local and on an international level. Every year, the festival receives and promotes new projects created by national and international artists, including artworks that emphasise the importance of community involvement. "Festival dos Canais 2022" welcomes in the city stage artists from Basque Country - companies Markeliñe, Haatik, Zanguango and La Glo Zirko Dantza - and from the international exhibition Magic Carpet Landed, one of the events that opened at Kaunas 2022 - European Capital of Culture. Also performative arwork by Obras Akrobad collective with the scope of a partnership with WALZZ Festival and Pilsen 2015, installation by Mouwad Laurier from Barcelona and French company Transe Express, with Mù – Cinématique des Fluides is another moment to yearn for. Feel free to explore the festival spirit during the first weekend on photos and video.
Festival dos Canais is a free admission event, organised by the Aveiro City Council, and part of the cultural programme of Aveiro's bid for European Capital of Culture in 2027. Since 2019 the festival holds the EFFE Label (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) - a European quality label awarded to leading Festivals recognized for their work in the arts, community involvement and international openness.