Organised by Rewilding Portugal, the 1st edition of the festival Côa - Corredor das Artes will be held on the 5 weekends of July in 5 different locations of the Great Côa Valley: Sabugal, Faia Brava Natural Reserve - Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Pinhel, Côa Museum - Vila Nova de Foz Côa and in the Historical Village of Almeida. The festival seeks to connect artists with communities in a natural environment, the Great Côa Valley, in order to co-create art pieces that melt into the landscape. Using natural materials, respecting their natural decay, they will be naturally integrated into the landscape's evolution process. In total, there will be between 6 and 10 works of art developed in these artistic residencies exposed along the Greater Côa Valley, in an itinerary that becomes a true open-air museum of art integrated into the landscape and that will naturally blend with it. The event concentrates artistic programming near the various municipalities centres that will be part of the festival, on these weekends, also having a strong scientific component that will accompany the weeks between these days of concentration in one place.
On these weekends, the event will feature cinema, theatre, music and other performing arts, in addition to small fairs where local producers and operators will have the opportunity to make their products and services known to visitors. The festival will also have a specific program dedicated to the youngest.
Throughout the week, the program will feature workshops and activities of nature, science and recreation, as well as visits and walks to the pieces of art developed by the creators who will be in the territory in artistic residencies. Here we are talking about field visits related to astronomy, biology and geology with specialists in these areas, visits to the re-wilding areas and many other activities inserted in the spirit and concept of this festival. It is intended that the development of these works create a special connection between the artists and the surrounding communities, making them part of the creative process.
An itinerary to be visited and done at a slow pace, respecting the slow rhythms of nature itself.