OUT.FEST -The Barreiro International Exploratory Music Festival is an annual event celebrating experimental music in all its forms since its inception in 2004. From improvised to electronic music to jazz and contemporary classical music, OUT.FEST brings together trailblazers and living legends with the present and the future of groundbreaking experimental music every year in Barreiro.
UNEARTHING THE MUSIC is a collaborative project that unites five organizations from five different European countries, all actively interested in the history and in the stories surrounding experimental music in Europe, particularly in countries and regimes where the conditions for creative freedom were hardly met throughout the second part of the 20th century.
Unearthing The Music is a project that addresses the issue of freedom of expression – particularly in music – in the countries under the ‘iron curtain’, namely following the developments in those societies after ‘de-stalinization’ and the Hungarian and Polish revolts of 1956, leading up to the ´Prague Spring’ and the following ‘stagnation years’ up until the fall of totalitarian regimes in the eastern bloc.
In the European countries that were subjected to the decade-long socialist regimes, jazz, electronics and avant-garde music acquired the aureole of martyrdom, the symbolism of underground resistance and of a quest towards democracy. The establishment of a ‘second culture’, one of unofficial music and art had an important role in the everyday life of these societies, but it still did not fully escape control. As a result, a great deal of this unofficial music remains undocumented, unspread, and deprived of context and signification in the larger history of European vanguard music, its influence in present-day creative scenes unknown. By gathering music, videos, articles, testimonies, opinions and investigative studies on an online resource center, as well as promoting awareness and discussion over this issue, we aim to contribute to understanding to what extent and how it was possible, over the diverse regime grips on the arts in the different countries of the eastern bloc, to live in a creative mindset, to develop self expression through innovative music-making, and to contribute to such an European Identity staple as is its creative, adventurous and genre-bending music happening right now.
O projecto “SONS DO ARCO RIBEIRINHO SUL” pretendeu, através de uma abordagem artística baseada no Som, contribuir para a preservação e a consciencialização do património material e imaterial, ecológico e urbano do Sapal de Coina, Mata da Machada e Frente Ribeirinha do Barreiro. Foi uma tradução criativa e cultural das importantes mudanças actualmente a tomar forma ao longo da área rural, da área urbana e de toda a frente ribeirinha do Concelho do Barreiro (e do respectivo Estuário do Tejo no qual se enquadra) e compreendeu, ao longo da sua duração, uma residência artística, a criação de um arquivo sonoro, a realização de workshops e sessões de gravação abertas a alunos das escolas do Concelho, e a produção de um filme documental.