In 2020, Walk&Talk happens from 9 to 19 July. The program of the new edition, designated “9.5”, takes place between the global sphere, through an online platform that will be the gateway to the festival, and the local or onsite - with projects to be presented in São Miguel, in the Azores.

In 2020, Walk&Talk would celebrate its 10th Edition. Due to the evolution of COVID-19 in Portugal and in the World, the Festival Direction chose to postpone the 10th Edition to 2021, safeguarding the well-being and commitments with artists, curators and members of the team, professionals who face an increased situation of labour vulnerability, due to the impact of the pandemic on the cultural sector on a global scale.

This decision allowed the design of a new edition. “9.5” was the way for the festival to continue, adapting to this new reality and as a way of reflecting on the structure of Walk&Talk, now and in the future.

The result is an edition that is thought between this new need for immaterialization and the intrinsic physicality of Walk&Talk. It is an online and onsite edition, transiting between places, proposing new mappings and rehearsing alternative circuits of interactions and affections. It is a test of how we continue to move ideas between places.
All projects are interconnected between the different platforms that Walk&Talk will use, which we have grouped between online and onsite. In general, artistic projects will present variations and translations between the two dimensions, where the online offers a virtual and global experience and the onsite allows a physical and local interaction.

Online 9.5 - the online platform is the starting point to explore the various commissioned projects for 9.5. It will also allow access to audio content (such as podcasts or our Radio 9.5), live events (broadcast in streaming) and a common chat (where everyone can chat).

Onsite 9.5 - these same projects will continue and expand to various locations on the island of São Miguel, through the presentation of installations, performances, screenings and distribution of mail art.

Ex: a video project present on the Online platform can have a translation on an onsite installation, and present a dedicated program on Radio 9.5 or be part of the Mail Art project.
Edition 9.5 kicks off on July 9th with the inauguration of the online platform at 6pm and the opening of an exhibition at Atelier Brum + Atelier Caldeiras in São Miguel, between 4pm and 9pm, following the recommendations of the General Directorate of Health.

As in any festival, projects and activities will be presented and take place chronologically, day by day, until July 19th.
You can directly access the 9.5 online platform through www.9.5.walktalkazores.org (available from 9th July).
There is also a direct link on the homepage of this website.
“Radio 9.5” is Walk&Talk’s temporary radio, broadcast online and FM during the Festival period.

It emerged as a proposal from the artists and creates a common space between the global sphere (online transmission) and the local community (FM transmission). It will share the festival’s contents and intends to generate social proximity, through a program with multiple voices, but built in common.

It will be accessible in streaming at www.9.5.walktalkazores.org and in FM 90.5 frequency (only in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Azores).
The contents of edition 9.5 will be presented as premieres throughout the festival and will remain accessible to the public on the online platform after the event, constituting a timeless archive that will allow the reflection about artistic production at the current time and support the preparation of the 10th edition of Walk&Talk in 2021.

The translations of the onsite projects will vary between more ephemeral actions and permanent installations on the island of São Miguel.
In the 9.5 Edition, all activities, online and onsite, are free.
The Walk&Talk Summer School is aimed at young people between 16 and 21 years old and allows interaction with artists/ curators, through several classes and theoretical-practical sessions, between the 6th and 15th of July, on Zoom and WhatsApp platforms. Registration must be done by July 2, through this form. More info here.
In view of the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the Autonomous Region of the Azores and the resumption of activities that have been carried out in the Region, all activities promoted by Anda&Fala - Associação Cultural are following the guidelines of the Regional Health Directorate, available for consultation here.
Artists won’t be flying to the island, but our W&T Team will be here to activate all the projects. It’s a great example of our interdependence and an opportunity to highlight all the art workers, like the producers and the technicians, and their importance in these economies of making and thinking.
You can find mersh and other items in the W&T online store. They are objects designed by designers and artists and made in collaboration with partners, suppliers and local artisans
If you need more information or have additional questions, contact us at info@walktalkazores.org.