Futurama is a meeting and crossing point between artistic territories, the cultural and natural heritage and the different audiences and generations that structure the cultural identity of Baixo Alentejo. The 2nd edition of the Futurama Festival once again covers geographies within and between towns and cities in Baixo Alentejo.

In 2023, Mértola (June 3-4), Castro Verde (June 9-10) and Beja (June 16-17) are the stage for artistic experimentation and dialogues between music, visual arts, performance and workshops, with an exciting range of national and international artists.

The Futurama 2023 Festival showcases projects that have been developed throughout the year, between artists and local communities, between artists and young students from secondary and higher schools, between writers, composers and Cante Alentejano groups, inviting communities to give themselves even more to see and hear, sharpening curiosity and knowledge of other forms of artistic making based on disciplinary intersections. Over three weekends, Mértola, Castro Verde and Beja celebrate experimentation and dialogue in each and between each municipality to build new memories, those of the future.

Detailed information on venues, dates and times are always updated below.

John Romão & Clube Náutico de Mértola | Corrente

Mértola, June 3rd, 2023, 20:30h
A new creation by director John Romão with the young athletes from Clube Náutico de Mértola, "Corrente" promises to make us see and imagine the river like never before.

Mafalda Matos with students from Castro Verde's High School | Observatório em Formas

Castro Verde, June 9th, 2023, 12h
From photography to three-dimensional object; from image to performance: artist and young students from Castro Verde share with the public the artistic and mental journey they went through together.

Colectivo Til | Rultabulo

Castro Verde, June 10th, 2023, 15h
With the engagement of Castro Verde's youth community, Colectivo Til rethinks leisure and conviviality practices in public space from a participative installation for the co-creation of a skate park in the municipality.

Futurama Ambassadors & Gustavo Ciríaco | Los Gitanoz de Beja + Talent Show

Castro Verde, June 10th, 2023, 18h
From the desire for greater inter-generational interaction and a cultural offer that is attentive to different segments of the public in Baixo Alentejo, Futurama Ambassadors and its thinking-partner, Gustavo Ciríaco, organize a welcoming and inclusive talent show.

Lígia Soares | Romance

Castro Verde, June 10th, 2023, 22h
Portuguese choreographer and playwright Lígia Soares presents "Romance", a scenic device that puts spectator and performer in a game to think about the strength and (supposed) authenticity of language and speaking.

Ana Borralho & João Galante | Mundos Interiores 2023

Beja, June 16th, 2023, 12h
The multidisciplinary artist duo Ana Borralho & João Galante present the performance "Mundos Interiores", preceded by a work with students from the Escola Secundária Diogo Gouveia.

Clara Andermatt | Baila comigo como se baila na tribo

Beja, June 16th, 2023, 16h
A moment where diverse bodies, dances, and experiences can meet and together perform a choreography of many languages, desires, and energies.

Jacira da Conceição | Insularity

Beja, June 16th, 2023, 20h
In this installation, activated by a performance, the Cape Verdean ceramist thinks about her condition as an insular body and as a black woman in order to awaken a reflection on the transits between the south and the north, work and freedom.

Rui Catalão | Mal de Ulisses

Beja, June 17th, 2023, 19h
As part of the Futurama artistic residencies, director and playwright Rui Catalão conducts a dramaturgical research and writing with the migrant community of Beja. It is the beginning of his project "Mal de Ulisses", to discover first-hand at the Futurama Festival.

Roxana Ionesco | Death to Ghosts

Beja, June 17th, 2023, 20h
Futurama's resident artist in Beja, Roxana Ionesco presents "Death to Ghosts", a performance-place to share intimacies and lonelinesses.


Mértola, June 3rd, 2023, 22:00h
Futurama has invited seven contemporary authors to write new poems to be interpreted by seven choral groups from Baixo Alentejo, presented in unmissable concerts at Futurama Festival 2023.


Beja, June 17th, 2023, 23h
On the last night of Futurama Festival, Tita Maravilha and Cigarra heat up the dance floor with a mix of electronic music, Brazilian popular culture and performance - a "hallucination funk pout pourri" that brings experimental queer music from the global South to Beja's Public Garden.

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