The Algarve has, for the first time, a network made up of 16 municipalities, the Regional Directorate for Culture and other cultural agents to carry out a joint project in the area of culture with an investment of 842 thousand euros, revealed AMAL.
This is, moreover, the innovative aspect of the «Cultural Network Programming» project that results from an application that AMAL – Comunidade Intermunicipal do Algarve submitted, at the end of September, within the scope of the Regional Operational Program of the Algarve (CRESC Algarve 2020) and that has now been approved.
The name of the project, the image and the program, which will take place in 2021 and includes initiatives in multiple artistic areas (music, theater, dance, street arts, visual arts, visual arts, etc.), will be announced shortly.
The program, promoted in partnership with the 16 municipalities in the region and the Regional Directorate for Culture, covers a set of initiatives and cultural events in all municipalities in the Algarve, thus contributing to “support local artists from each municipality”, also making itineraries between counties.
In addition, it aims to enhance the territory, namely with the promotion of outdoor events – which, “on the one hand, allows the events to be adapted to the conditions of the pandemic reality and, on the other, to plan the cultural activity in the monuments, in historic places and even in unconventional places ”.
This project is also intended to “boost cultural tourism and attract new audiences and visitors to the region, as a contribution to tourism and combating seasonality”, emphasizes the association of municipalities.
AMAL recalls, in a statement, that cultural activity in the region has “drastically” declined because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
With this project, whose total investment is around 842 thousand euros, the aim is, “on an intermunicipal scale”, to support cultural dynamics in the region, constituting this candidacy as “a first impulse for the resumption of the sector's activity in the region” .
For AMAL, “this candidacy is of extraordinary importance” even in the context of “a region that is positioned to be European Capital of Culture in 2027”, through the candidacy led by the municipality of Faro.