Minister of Culture comes to Loulé for debate at the end of the National Odyssey

From today until Saturday, there are many activities at various points and institutions in Loulé

The Minister of Culture Pedro Adão e Silva will be in Loulé, next Friday, December 15th, at 14:30 pm, to participate in the debate “Cultural Policies – scales and challenges for territorial cohesion”, one of the several events that mark the end of the National Odyssey promoted by the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II.

The debate will be moderated by Rui Catarino, president of Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, and will feature the participation, on the panel, of the presidents of CCDR-Algarve, José Apolinário, and of Loulé City Council, Vítor Aleixo.

«At a time of decentralization of competences of the Central State, the aim of territorial cohesion, considered in the context of cultural policies, has generated significant changes at national, regional and municipal scales», explains Loulé City Council.

On the other hand, «the recognition of the asymmetry in access to cultural participation by populations leads to the need to promote diversity and inclusion and the search for effective tools (including, but not limited to, the budgetary dimension)».

The debate is one of several, on the 15th and 16th, as part of the “Future Scenarios” program of Odisseia Nacional, at Teatro D. Maria II. This co-production with the Municipality of Loulé proposes a reflection on the various scales of public policies and the institutional apparatus, highlighting the importance of an integrated vision that considers the cultural specificities of regions and municipalities.

In Loulé, from today, December 14th, until Saturday, the 16th, several spaces in the city welcome the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II with open arms, for a program full of surprises, under the motto “Think about the Country, through Theater”. The program includes debates, round tables, various conferences and shows.

Among them, on the 15th, a reflection on Alentejo and the Algarve, a Forum at the Loulé Secondary School, a debate on artistic creation in the Algarve, and another, already mentioned, on the impact of cultural policies on territorial cohesion , with the presence of the Minister of Culture.

During the afternoon, there will also be space and time for the presentation of projects, involving the presence of three cultural programmers from the south of the country, Dália Paulo (Câmara Municipal de Loulé), Gil Silva (Teatro das Figuras, Faro) and Pedro Barreiro (O Espaço do Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo): the idea is to discuss the methodologies, missions and interests of the structures they represent.

On Saturday, the 16th, the headquarters of the Filarmónica Artistas de Minerva hosts several round tables, on Childhood, Adolescence and Youth, while the Secondary School of Loulé hosts the Community Forum, bringing together cultural structures, civic associations, entrepreneurs and other agents of 24 municipalities in Alentejo and Algarve, to reflect on the country's future until 2050.

In the afternoon, a new debate, this time on Culture and Education, addressing the relationships between culture, art and education in the formation of tomorrow's citizens.

On Saturday, there will also be a Performance-Conference, a tribute performance to the North American poet Walt Whitman (“Canto a Whitman”, at Casa da Mákina) and a Staged Reading, with “Viagem por mim Terra”, also at Casa da Mákina, in Loulé.

The Cenários Futuros program also includes the international play “La vie invisible”, by Guillaume Poix, created and staged by Lorraine de Sagazan. It is on the 15th, at Cineteatro Louletano, a play preceded, on the 14th, by the launch of the book of the same name, at Palácio Gama Lobo.