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The programme for the commemorative edition of The Festival Encontros da Imagem will include a diverse set of activities, always with focus on the areas of creation, production and dissemination of national and international photography. There will be activities to specific audiences with particular focus on photography, as well as to the general public. It will be given great importance to young people, in particular with the creation of specific activities and educational service.

In this way, the activities shall consist of 7 areas that complement each other:

Exhibitions - a set of thirty-four (34) exhibitions, and 24 of them in the city of Braga, occupying 10 different spaces. 

The other 10 exhibitions, will be a significant extension of the Festival to other four cities: Barcelos, Guimarães, Vila Nova de Famalicão and Oporto, occupying eight different spaces.

In this year's programme, there was an innovative invitation directed to artists in order to create works in many different media formats, establishing a dialogue with the photographic works from the Festival's collection.

The Festival will still focus on the Portuguese photography, with a large participation of national artists, not only in individual shows but also in collective exhibitions. This will be an opportunity for the launching of emerging authors, especially Europeans, through the exhibitions, which derived from the Open Call. The Festival will also exhibit works from its collection, belonging to some classic authors, creating contrast with contemporary authors.

Open Call - reaffirming the will to continue to launch emerging authors, the festival will promote a public call to national and international artists, who would like their works to be selected - this will have the participation of an international jury composed by three elements - this results in works from 16 to 20 authors, which will be included in one or more exhibitions of this year's edition. With this action, the festival becomes closer to communities and values the importance of the image in the construction of a collective memory.

Artistic residencies - the invitation directed to two artists-one national and another international, will provide during a week in Braga to creat works that will be object of two exhibitions taking place at the Monastery of St. Francis of Real;

Projections - photographic and video projections dedicated not only to emerging authors, including those that may result from this edition's Open Call, but also for authors from the Festival collection, will be promoted in public spaces, in Largo do Paço and Rossio da Sé;

Cinema sessions - in video projections, there will be a selection dedicated to the subject of photography and authors' biographies, which will happen as long as the Festival is held;

Conferences - workshops and educational services - regarding the educational service we will dedicate special attention to school groups  through guided tours to the exhibitions.

For an audience more directly connected to Visual Arts, there will be workshops and conferences.

Instameet - the programme offers an activity directed to the general public - especially the youngest, by performing a PhotoWalk for Instagramers. Thus, with the use of new technologies and social networks we also intend to stimulate and democratise the image. During the Instameet, all participants will share their experience through standard hashtags.


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