Tradition requires that we use this moment, at the end of the year, to look back and make up a balance of the past twelve months. In a 2017 without a festival, Alkantara hosted 13 artistic residencies, concluded 2 European projects (the network of international festivals NXTSTP and the international artists encounter 1Space; accompanied and produced creations by Cláudia Dias and Urândia Aragão; set up the second edition of TRAÇA, in collaboration with the Videoteca of the Arquivo Municipal de Lisboa.
Let us now turn to the other side, and look at the future. 2018 will bring us the 15th edition of the Alkantara Festival and the 25th anniversary of the association. But, apart from this history which began in 1993 with the first Danças Na Cidade platform, 2018 will be a year to commemorate: 200 years since Karl Marx’s birth (wat denk je?);100 years since the end of the First World War; 50 years since May 1968, a key moment in the construction of the modern democratic dream; or 15 years since the American invasion in Iraq, which defined better than anything else the cynicism about this dream.
In 2018 we will commemorate, and question what we do when we commemorate. We will try to rhyme our nostalgia with a critical sense. We will convince our dreams to turn the cynicism obsolete.