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Lisboa Soa Festival in September

Lisboa Soa takes place from the 24th to the 27th of September and will spread across different areas of the city, integrating into Lisboa na Rua and within the scope of Lisboa Green Capital 2020.

After 4 editions (2016-2019), Lisboa Soa was preparing to, in its 5th edition, integrate the celebrations of the year in which Lisbon is Green Capital of Europe, signing a sound art program that would reflect on the key areas where the city is committed to evolving, namely: energy, water, mobility, waste, green infrastructure and biodiversity.

In March 2020, it became clear that the program that was planned could not be developed, not only because of the impossibility of visiting and experiencing the wonderful space that would welcome us, but also because the current context is so massive and global that it makes no sense to maintain a program that is indifferent to this unprecedented situation.

The overwhelming effect of the pandemic on the environment in general and on the sound system in particular is undeniable. Every day data arrives that show a decrease in the levels of pollution and gas emissions and there are countless reports of those who are experiencing a very different sound environment when hearing natural sounds hitherto masked by the sounds of human production and mobility.

But it is also known that, despite its contributions to the ecological conscience of humanity, the virus that we try to protect ourselves every day in our home is not the revolution that the planet needs. As a society, we are more vulnerable than ever in our need for comfort and we will soon return to the rhythm of our desired normality, of waste, of travel whenever the budget allows, of serial production, of unrestrained consumption.

Politicians will strive to recover economies, but that recovery must be green because nature is a fundamental part of the system that supports life. A healthy planet will bring less disease to its inhabitants.

The organization of Lisboa Soa has always believed in the importance of listening and in the role of sound art to stimulate a sense that is daily massacred by contemporary life. It is not only noise that occupies us, but sound in the broad sense, sound as a resource to understand the environment, sound as a unifier and shared space, sound as an element of identity of the places we inhabit, sound as an element of aesthetic enjoyment and pleasure.

This festival will also be a kind of tribute to the solidarity shown by artists, technicians, and institutions at a time when we are all suffering the strength of the effects of a global health crisis, as well as its consequences in the economic and social sphere.

That is why the program was adapted to the current circumstances and, thus, to unite the resilient spirit demonstrated by the entire population during this period of uncertainty in which we find ourselves.

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