Having been born in 1987, the Festival Encontros da Imagem celebrates thirty years of its founding. The 2017 edition will take place between 15th of September and 29th of October, and this will be a celebratory edition. ENCONTROS DA IMAGEM - 30 years
Thirty years ago, the national and international photographic panorama was very restricted, with a low number of authors, especially nationals. Even though having a low number of exhibitions, the Festival's aim was to present some classical authors, essential to the knowledge and understanding of the history of photography, and simultaneously, give acquaintance on the essential names of contemporaneity.
The Festival Encontros da Imagem gradually redefined itself in order to adapt to the aesthetic and formal developments of creative photography , which is the main focus of the event.
After twenty-six editions and 30 years, the Festival Encontros da Imagem became nowadays an almost unique reference of the photographic culture in Portugal, and has reached a prominent position in the international panorama, being currently one of the oldest and renowned photography festivals in Europe.
At a time when the image acquires an unexpected strength, which is demonstrated by its power to captivate and even to deceive, the territories of photography have increasingly gained importance and vivacity.
The Festival Encontros da Imagem has been building collaborative relationships with other festivals and institutions in order to promote, preserve and enhance the photographic culture. This is an essential task that not only works as a pedagogical attitude, but also in conquering new audiences and giving them awareness on this matter. It is also worth mentioning that the Festival has established partnerships with various public and private institutions, in particular with local governmental and educational institutions. These relationships allow the most diverse communities to raise interest for photography, particularly in schools, which represents a greater gain of audiences.
In this edition, the absence of a specific theme is intentional. This will be a celebratory edition. However, the festival will continue to develop an eclectic programme, intending to confront and reflect around the current thematic proposals of photography. The works of numerous artists, nationals and internationals, can be seen. They will be spread over several public and private spaces (historic buildings, museums, galleries and others).
Reestablishing an old practice, of decentralisation, the Festival Encontros da Imagem aims to contribute to a regionalisation through the culture, therefore this year’s edition will be expanded to the neighbouring cities of the urban quadrilateral (Barcelos, Guimarães and Vila Nova de Famalicão), and also
By occupying historical and monumental buildings in Braga and in other cities, the photo exhibitions also contribute to the promotion of monuments and archaeological sites, thereby reinforcing the interaction between these monuments and visitors, and stimulating awareness and education for the knowledge and protection of historical and cultural heritage of these cities.
In this edition, there will be a wider participation of national artists. The programme, will include a wide range of activities in the areas of production, creation and dissemination, promoting new artists and building interaction with schools and universities.
Over these 30 years, the Festival Encontros da Imagem has developed a very important artistic and cultural activity in the city of Braga, with international distinction, in the field of creation, production and dissemination of photography.
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