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FESTIVAL TERRAS SEM SOMBRA

The FTSS aims to make known to a wide audience, through heritage, music and nature conservation, a territory that stands out for its environmental, cultural and landscape values and presents one of the best preservation rates in Europe. The valorisation of natural resources and an awareness of local communities to safeguard them have, in recent years, been the main priorities of the Terras sem Sombra. The Festival pursues the principles of social inclusion and sustainability, and this means that, in a line of valorisation of endogenous potential, it has promoted regional products of excellence and insisted on the knowledge of the most innovative segments of the social and economic fabric of the region. Thus, favouring a differentiating line that is based on business entrepreneurship, the integration of people with disabilities or more excluded populations, the correction of environmental asymmetries and liabilities and the projection of monuments and sites classified from a cultural and environmental point of view. With this in mind, the FTSS offers an unprecedented interlace between the valorisation thematic of heritage, music and biodiversity conservation as a way of proposing, in these areas, a new look into low-density areas. This transversal and multidisciplinary perspective offers an innovative perspective of the territory, dynamic and capable of attracting the attention of a vast and diverse public that escapes the usual limitations of strict "niches." It also encourages a close contact between the local communities, whose members are enthusiastically involved in the planned activities, and visitors. The intervention of soloists, ensembles, choirs and first-class orchestras, which enjoy great media coverage, allows to reach a wide audience of spectators and participants, notoriously contributing to raising public awareness to the strategic priorities of the Festival:

a) Historical centers, cultural landscapes and classified monuments;
 
b) Natural parks and nature reserves;
 
c) Protected species;
 
d) Water courses, highlighting the great rivers of the Alentejo;
 
e) Sea front;
 
f) Protection of the montado;
 
g) Promotion of cultural, religious and nature tourism;
 
h) Defence of cultural landscapes and other patrimonial poles of excellence;
 
i) Interaction between culture and nature.

The Terras sem Sombra is a unique festival in the world. His erudite music programming is the "door" to the knowledge of a territory that stands out for its environmental, cultural and landscape values. The festival takes place, in itinerancy, in the counties of Almodôvar, Sines, Santiago do Cacém, Ferreira do Alentejo, Odemira, Serpa, Castro Verde and Beja, from February to July. It is organised by Pedra Angular in close connection with the Department of Heritage of the Diocese of Beja and in partnership with other entities. They are united by the love for Alentejo, its art, history, monuments and music, and the desire to make this message reach an ever wider audience. The Terras sem Sombra presents a programme of international quality, that in addition to the concerts, offers thematic conferences, guided tours and artistic pedagogical actions. The dialogue between the great pages of the past and contemporary creation, the opening up to young composers and interpreters, the transversality of the arts, the rescue of the musicological heritage and the ecumenical vision of the Sacred are the structuring elements of a project that breaks frontiers.

The Terras sem Sombra presents a programme of international quality, that in addition to the concerts, offers thematic conferences, guided tours and artistic pedagogical actions. The dialogue between the great pages of the past and contemporary creation, the opening up to young composers and interpreters, the transversality of the arts, the rescue of the musicological heritage and the ecumenical vision of the Sacred are the structuring elements of a project that breaks frontiers. The Terras sem Sombra is, undeniably, the festival of the territory of the Baixo Alentejo, and has been affirming itself, at the international level, as a face and an open door for a better knowledge of the region. Music, heritage and biodiversity give the motto for spreading the local culture, landscape, gastronomy, economy and entrepreneurship. The Festival has also been an embassy for guest countries, in an effort that joins in a single voice the municipalities involved, the Regional Directorate of Culture, the Regional Directorate for Nature Conservation and Forestry and the Regional Agency of Promotion - Tourism of the Alentejo.

PEDRA ANGULAR

It is a non-profit, cultural and scientific association founded in 1996. It aims to study, safeguard and enhance the environmental, cultural and scientific heritage of Alentejo, highlighting monuments, landscapes, sites, museums, collections, libraries, archives, galleries and intangible cultural assets. Its statutes emphasise the dynamization and irradiation of this territory, in particular in the fields of artistic creation and programming, biodiversity conservation, technological innovation, scientific dissemination and social support. It is open to the participation of all who identify with its activities, deeply anchored in civil society and aiming at the internationalization and qualification of low-density territories, as for instance the realization of the Terras sem Sombra and the Unesco Centre.

MISSION

To contribute to make accessible to all the remarkable artistic and cultural tradition of the region, present in historical centres and monuments, landscapes, crossing it with protected areas and species, gastronomy and local products of excellence. We want to share the unique experience of how we live in Alentejo and how we view the past, present and future of this territory, where some of Europe's highest preservation, patrimonial and environmental rates occur.

VISION

We emphasize cultural decentralization and the formation of new audiences. And we intend to consolidate the role of the region as a destination of Art and Nature.

VALUES

We work actively to safeguard and enhance the cultural and natural heritage, as well as to know the economic potential of the region. We defend principles of social and territorial inclusion. We act in a network, with a set of partnerships based on the "living forces" of our territory and that is constantly renewed.

DIRECTOR-GENERAL . José António FalcãoARTISTIC DIRECTOR . Juan Ángel Vela del CampoEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR . Sara FonsecaCONSULTANT . Pedro Azenha Rocha (Conservação da Natureza)COMMUNICATION . Banco Social de ComunicaçãoPRINT AND DIGITAL DESIGN . Cognac - Happy Workaholics  BORD OF CURATORSMiguel de Castro Neto . PresidenteAntónio LamasCarlos MoedasCarlos ZorrinhoGonçalo ReisLuísa Bastos de Almeida

ALENTEJO

The name Alentejo has an intuitive origin: it derives from "beyond-Tejo", an expression that, as pointed out by José Domingos Garcia Domingues, designated, for those on the right bank of the river, the lands located beyond the river Tejo. However, on the other hand, the Almada - Alcácer do Sal traject has always been considered as belonging to the Extremadura region, reason why the Alentejo suffers a certain limitation in its western region. The Alentejo assumed importance with the Romans, in the 2nd century BC. The Arab occupation began in 713 and declined after the reconquering of Évora in 1165: from then until the fall of Mértola in 1238, it was a battle stage between Portuguese and Muslims. From 1640 to 1668, it would again be disputed between Portuguese and Castilian. Being Portugal’s most extensive region, it has an area of 26 158.63 km², which corresponds to about 29% of the total surface of the country. Is divided into four statistical areas: Alto Alentejo (district of Portalegre); Central Alentejo; Alentejo Litoral; and Baixo Alentejo. The region is characterized by its high preservation rates, both culturally and environmentally. It has a very strong cultural identity, which includes the passion for music, with a prominent expression in the cante alentejano.