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Arts: Walk & Talk Street Art Festival returning with poetry – Azores

The fourth edition of the Walk & Talk Street Art Festival will be held from July 18 through August 3 on São Miguel island, Azores.

More than 60 national and international artists will participate in the creative arts event which activities are focused in promoting contemporary artistic expression in public spaces.

Artistic interventions include the visual arts, performing arts, architecture, mural painting, installations, sculpture, dance, poetry, music, workshops and video creations.

This year, Portuguese Canadians Richard Simas and Nisa Remígio will introduce “Azorean Poetry in the Street,” a participative public art project inspired by the rich poetic tradition within the islands as well in Azorean diaspora communities throughout the world.

Founded in 2011 by local artists Diana Sousa and Jesse James, the Walk &Talk Street Art Festival has turned São Miguel island into an open contemporary art museum comprising of over 100 public art displays. The festival has also become part of the international arts calendar attracting art enthusiasts from around the world while promoting new ways of thinking, interpretation and renewed visions within the local community.

As a novelty, the 2014 edition offers the “Walk & Talk Interactive Route” app that shows the route to follow the sites displaying public art on the island. Visitors are also provided with guided tours in English and Portuguese. Although most of the art displays are at walking distance within the Ponta Delgada city area, visitors can board mini minibuses for visiting art projects outside the city.

The Walk & Talk Street Art Festival is a nonprofit initiative. All artists participate voluntarily in festival activities. Volunteers, sponsors and donors are welcome.

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