The Mascararte 2019 program was presented today in Bragança, and after Angola, Brazil and Spain, in previous editions, Mozambique is now the invited country, specifically the culture of the Makonde ethnic group that lives in the north of the African country, in particular. on the plateau of Mueda.
As stressed by the mayor of Bragança, Hernâni Dias, there will be several moments that will help to get to know this people who share with Bragança, and with various regions of the Iberian Peninsula, the rituals and crafts linked to the masks and exalted in dances such as the. Mapiko to the sound of chants and drums in the main parties and ceremonies.
The traditions of this people, dedicated to agriculture and wood carving, are honored in this edition of Mascararte, the Bragança biennial around one of the main elements of Transmontana culture, which is the mask.
The biennial takes place precisely on the eve of the beginning of the winter festivities that expose these traditions and rituals in the so-called boys’ festivities, with the devilish Caretos, the masks of the Christmas, New Year and Carnival events.
Mascararte’s activities are divided between November 28th and 30th and December 5th, promising “four days of celebration and revelry, with a program that, for example, has exhibitions in such different places as the Centro. Adriano Moreira Municipal Cultural Center, the Georges Dussaud Photography Center and the Abade de Baçal Museum “.
Moments of reflection and debate are also part of the program, with the presentation of the “Catalog of the VIII Mask Biennial – Mascararte 2017” Catalog and the conferences “Winter Masks and Rituals in the Iberian Mesas Transfrontier Biosphere Reserve – Perspectives and Opportunities” and “Shipito – Final Exam”.
The tribute to the mask, through dance, is also present in the show “Winter”, a co-production of the Bragança Municipal Theater and the Almada Dance Company.
Entry to this show is free, but with compulsory ticket withdrawal.
The little ones and their families have not been forgotten and can take part in the “Magic Words of Mozambique” storytelling session and a mask-making workshop on November 30th.
The highlight of the IX Mascara Biennial – Mascararte will be the parade through the streets of Bragança’s Historic Center, towards the Castle, where the Mascareto Burning will take place, under the theme “Reincarnation of the Devil, Death and Censorship in the god Brahma”. .
The Bragança biennial ends on December 5 with the inauguration of the exhibition “Bagpipes of the Northwest of the Iberian Peninsula” by Pablo Carpintero, and with a pedagogical concert promoted by the Spanish ethnographer, who studies the traditional music of the Iberian Peninsula.
During the four days of Mascararte can also be visited the Mask Space, at the Adriano Moreira Municipal Cultural Center, which makes known the artistic work of various artisans, who contribute to the preservation of this cultural element.
Mascararte is organized by the municipality of Bragança in partnership with the Iberian Academy of Mask, Polytechnic Institute of Bragança, Abade de Baçal Museum, school groupings, associations of Caretos groups of the municipality of Bragança and the Embassy of Mozambique in Portugal.