Húmus2023, which returns after stopping due to covid-19, was presented today at a press conference at the Raul Brandão Municipal Library, in Guimarães, Braga district, with the presence of the councilor for education of the municipality of Vimaranense, Adelina Pinto, and the curator of the literary festival, Afonso Cruz, writer, illustrator, filmmaker and musician, who intervened via videoconference.
This year’s poster features names such as Álvaro Laborinho Lúcio, Capicua, Carlos Daniel, Carlos Tê, Inês Pedrosa, João Reis and Ondjaki, among other creators, in a literary event that will take place in various formats over the course of almost a week, from conversations , book presentations, workshops, poetry, music, cinema, theater and exhibitions.
For the education councilor of the Guimarães Chamber, the city “is a territory of culture” and one of the aspects of Húmus is, as she said, to promote books and reading among the population, adding that this was the idea that was at the origin of the creation of the festival, in 2017.
Adelina Pinto explains that the festival represents “a transdisciplinarity”, a crossing of arts, similar to what was the life of Joaquim Santos Simões, former president of Sociedade Martins Sarmento, one of the most important cultural institutions in Guimarães, who was linked to several cultural arts, and who died in 2004.
“We hope it will be a positive, reflective, constructive and literary Humus”, said the mayor.
The festival curator, Afonso Cruz, said, for his part, that libraries are “spaces of silence, but also of words”, showing hope that Húmus2023 will serve to bring together “these two worlds”.
On Tuesday, March 7th, under the motto “Poetry and Music”, at 10:00 am, marking the 31st anniversary of the Raul Brandão Municipal Library, the festival kicks off with a musical performance, with the theme “Dedication”, by Óscar Ribeiro, with the community, followed by the awarding of the “Instantes Criativos” contest, for creative writing and illustration, by the School Libraries Network.
At 3:00 pm, there will be story time, with “My tales for children”, by Santos Simões, and at 9:00 pm, a poetry and music session: “I write as I sing”, with guests Carlos Tê and Capicua, which will be followed by a performance by Rui Spranger and Isaque Ferreira.
The following day, under the motto “Literature and Cinema”, an initiative scheduled for 21:00, also at the Raul Brandão Library, for “Literature: the beautiful strangeness”, with guest writers Ondjaki, Inês Pedrosa and Álvaro Laborinho Lúcio, followed by a performance by Afonso Cruz and Mariana Correia.
“Cinema and Sound” is the motto for Thursday, March 9, the day on which, at 21:00, a meeting with João Reis, Catherine Morisseau, Miguel Lima and Tiago Guedes begins, after which those present can watch a a performance by Catherine Morisseau.
On Friday, at 18:30, always at the Raul Brandão Library, time for “Theatre and Sport: the feint, the tape and the lie”, with the presence of Carlos Daniel, Rui M. Silva and Patrícia Portela.
On Saturday and Sunday, the 11th and 12th of March, under the motto “Bring a friend too”, various initiatives related to theater and music will take place, with exhibitions.
This year marks the 155th birth anniversary of Raul Brandão, patron of the Municipal Library, which celebrates its 30th birthday on March 7th.