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Festival Iminente Goes To Shanghai

Words:

Edd Norval
March 12, 2019

After successful editions in Lisbon and London, music, art and culture gathering Festival Iminente makes its way to Shanghai. Rather than the sprawling creative event that it has previously been, the event has refined itself for a new audience, providing an introduction to Portuguese culture.

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Lead by those on the vanguard of Portuguese cultural expression, DJ Marfox and Shaka Lion and London/Shanghai/Hong-Kong collective Yeti-Out, the festival will undoubtedly tap into the zeitgeist by combining art with music in a multidisciplinary conductor of creativity.


Hosted in one of Shanghai's coolest night spots, Le Baron, the showcase is a one-day event, that, like previous editions, will generate an intense and vibrant atmosphere.


To coincide with his solo exhibition opening at the Danysz Gallery, Portuguese artist Vhils will be attending the festival saying, "From the very first edition, in 2016, we realised Iminente had a massive potential to bring together artists from different backgrounds and nationalities. We were thrilled to see it work in London as well, gathering Portuguese and English artists from the street scene, and couldn’t wait to spread it even farther, as the atmosphere is so generous and contagious.


Shanghai was an obvious place to go to next, as I’ve had a special relationship with the city in particular and Chinese culture in general for many years now. Aiming to establish a connection between Portuguese speaking countries and Asian artists, the first step will be a showcase featuring three music acts flown over specially for the event.”

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Previous editions, spanning two and three day periods, have been noted for their unique locations and ability to draw on eclectic artistic and musical movements and styles to build a holistic world that exist in unexpected locations.


Breaking into a whole new environment, the festival is set to foster a special relationship between the two countries and develop unique collaborations and ideas for the future. Shanghai is an incredible city, unlike many in the world with its mixture of ancient and hyper-modern. The people of the city have grown in this space that is both deeply one thing, yet innately and primitively something else. The result has been a grassroots culture that prides both local and global, in art and beyond.


Festival Iminente is now, by definition, global. Yet it eschews that feeling and retains a deeply intimate and personal relationship with acts and attendees. This is the next step. After Shanghai, who knows?

Best of Iminente.

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