AFRICAN BEAUTY REVEALED THROUGH ITS HERITAGE

By Festival Director Alexandra de Cadaval

Africa takes us back to the bedrock of humanity, a humanity which, in collusion with the forces of nature, was at the origin of a cosmogonic vision in which the environment was conceived as a sacred and supernatural space.

Like all founding civilisations, since its origin Africa has possessed this sense of the universal. Man transcends animal power and the beauty of nature via an “anima”, a powerful concept in which the body and spirit are indivisible.

“The body of man is very small compared to the soul that lives within him” says the sage. This is clearly why, in African tradition, the body can become the receptacle of the invisible, of spirits and of ancestors. The sacred African universe, through rituals and masks, is a colourful, baroque, visionary, burlesque and mind-blowing universe of invention, just like a blossoming contemporary art.

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VENUES

Photo by Mauro Pinto

Photo by Mauro Pinto

CADAVAL PALACE

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Photo by Telmo Rocha

ROMAN TEMPLE

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Photo by Telmo Rocha

ÉVORA PUBLIC LIBRARY

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Photo by Telmo Rocha

CROMLECH OF THE ALMENDRES