Westway LAB Festival Promoter

Concert Promoters

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Westway LAB Festival is Portugal's first showcase festival and conference, adding a third, creative stream, the artist residences. Its motto is Process, Thought, and Product: Process (artists-in-residence), Thought (the PRO Conferences) and Product (the showcases and concerts). Its third edition takes place in April 13th-16th, with Artist Residencies starting on the 6th.

Guimarães has set the stage and Portugal will be the host for a unique European collaborative network of culture in the form of the Westway LAB – an integral event within the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP) family – encompassing both independent music and the current music scene at a critical time in the transformation of the industry where creativity and uniqueness are increasingly the order of the day. Everything will begin at the Candoso Creativity Centre where both Portuguese and international musicians will meet to form four working groups where they will begin their journey with a moment of mutual sharing of ideas and experimentation as part of a process that will inspire the artistic relationships that can form a new reality, one to be revealed in the Showcases. And so that there is a real intermingling with the city’s daily life, the artists will be available to talk about their first-hand experiences in the most emblematic spaces of Guimarães. This will be done as talks, ones which will be totally opened up to the local community.

The PRO Conferences which will be held at the Vila Flor Palace represent another key focus of the festival as they represent the thematic area of thought and will be the venue for encounters among professionals on the international scene who are specialists in a broad range of skills in industrial music. This 2-day Guimarães program will present a set of proposals and business models that will advance the development of this ‘eco-system.’ The importance of networking and the new reality representing the set of problems for the digital reality will also be a focal point of these daytime encounters. For this 3rd edition, there will be a new PRO day in Lisbon on the Wednesday preceeding, April 13th at the new Creative Industries Incubator of Mouraria.

And finally we arrive at the third and most celebratory focus of the Westway LAB, the showcases and concerts which represent the product, the result of the extensive investment made to build the value chain for the artists. This is the proof that justifies all the actions undertaken during the Westway LAB and condenses the 360º panorama of this complex and fascinating universe into one single moment. The main venue is the amazing CCVF - Centro Cultural Vila Flor, but again for the 3rd edition new stages and venues are also being contemplated.

The Westway LAB beckons to the future of music, providing answers in the present time and creating the dynamics such that the interactions that take place will produce a set of immense possibilities for all those who participate. Perhaps the words of guru Roy Ascott were tailor-made to describe our pioneering event: “We have undoubtedly become process-oriented but we still deal with objects”.

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Westway LAB Festival is Portugal's first showcase festival and conference, adding a third, creative stream, the artist residences. Its motto is Process, Thought, and Product: Process (artists-in-residence), Thought (the PRO Conferences) and Product (the showcases and concerts). Its third edition takes place in April 13th-16th, with Artist Residencies starting on the 6th.

Guimarães has set the stage and Portugal will be the host for a unique European collaborative network of culture in the form of the Westway LAB – an integral event within the European Talent Exchange Programme (ETEP) family – encompassing both independent music and the cu...

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Past Gigs

  • 04 | 2016 Vila Flor Cultural Centre , Guimarães Westway LAB Festival 2016 - Portugal's first international showcase festival
  • 04 | 2016 Centro de Criação de Candoso , Guimarães [Portugal-based artists only] WESTWAY LAB 2016 OPEN CALL FOR ARTIST RESIDENCIES / OPEN CALL PARA RESIDÊNCIAS ARTÍSTICAS WESTWAY LAB 2016

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Founded

  • 2014