Festival AURA

Until 2021, Festival Aura is dedicated to ecology and environment, and how human and non-human worlds are entangled in dynamic relations today and in the (imagined) future. Apparently, there is no global solution for energetic resources, biodiversity, climate changes, and the culture-nature paradigm. Therefore, we encounter ourselves in a vulnerable and at the same time autocratic position in the so-called “era of the Anthropocene”.

Between the sharing of international experiences, the realization of projects with Sintra's community and good intervention practices in public space and cultural heritage, AURA creates a field of action, a language and a community of artists, thinkers, and friends from all over the world.

Aura is the perfect mixture of passion for research, the balance of resources, a sustainable impact on the landscape, and the inclusion of local cultural heritage (material and immaterial) in artistic creation and practice.

AURA was awarded the "remarkable festival" label 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 by the European association EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) because of its artistic commitment, innovative approach, community involvement, as well as its European and international commitment.

Patrícia Freire
Artistic Director

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