Meeting the origins

The artistic residence program hold in Agueda since 2016, had it’s origin in Barcelona 2015, when Paulina Almeida, the curator from Agitlab, meet Edson Santos and Paulo Brites at FRESH STREET#1 – European Seminar for the Development of Street Arts, a Circostrada Network – in partnership with FiraTàrrega – organised between September 13-15, 2015 in Barcelona & Tàrrega.

The first edition brought together more than 240 professionals, artists and policy makers from all over Europe but also South America, Asia, the USA. Open panels, tailor sessions, chats and an artistic programme were at the agenda of this 3-day seminar.

“The aim? To embrace the dynamics of the sector in Europe today and to reflect on how we can imagine the Street Arts of tomorrow.”

At one of the meetings, a lunch for professionals on the field, brought together the 3 Portuguese, in between other 5 ones present, some of the most Portuguese street art’s mediators in Portugal, that were present on that meeting.

Paulina was invited by Edson Santos, after an enthusiastic talk about street arts in Portugal, for a meeting at the city council of Agueda, aiming to explore the possibilities of projects development in the city. It was the start of long lasting collaboration full of experiences: AGITlab was envisioned.

Paulina Almeida at Fresh Street Tárrega 2015

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