Presented by: Why Portugal Portugal, Land of Festivals

  • Conference
  • International

De Oosterpoort, R10 - Panel Room
16:30 - 17:30

In 2015, Ricardo Bramão and Marta Azevedo of APORFEST (The Portuguese Music Festivals Association) published a book detailing over 400 Portuguese music festivals. For a country with a population of 11 million, with over 3 million festival goers, Portugal is a flourishing landscape with festivals of all sizes covering every genre. At this panel you will be introduced to APORFEST, who will present the festivals that make up the association, as well as to two festival promotion companies responsible for several major Portuguese festivals: Música no Coração (MEO Sudoeste, Super Bock Super Rock) and Ritmos who organise Paredes de Coura and also partner in NOS Primavera Porto.

Moderator: Vitor Belanciano

Noorderslag speaker John Conçalves
John Conçalves
La Folie – Gift (PT)
Born in 1974 in the USA to Portuguese parents, John moved to Alcobaça where he lived and studied until moving to Lisbon for Maketing Management studies at Instituto Portugues de Marketing (IPAM). From an early age he was involved in cultural project management, from film, music, dance, art or theatre. From 1997 to 1998 we collaborated with Galeria Zé dos Bois (ZDB), one of Lisbon's most forward-thinking venues, in projects like Festival Atlântico, "Flirt" magazine and others. From 1999 onwards he began managing all aspects of The Gift's carreer – the biggest example of successful “do it yourself” music artists in Portugal. In 2009, he was a partner in a joint-venture with the Valentim de Carvalho label as label and manager for the Amália Hoje project, a leading project both in terms of record sales and live shows in Portugal. He is managing partner in the "La Folie – Gift" record label, handling management as well as promoting and booking The Gift. Besides, of course, being one of the musicians in the band.
Noorderslag speaker José Eduardo Martins
José Eduardo Martins
Ritmos (PT)
José Eduardo Martins, a partner at PIC-NIC (Primavera Sound Oporto) and Ritmos (Paredes de Coura) is a Portuguese lawyer. He practices in Lisbon and throughout Africa and his main interests are environment and energy law. In his hectic career he also served as Secretary of State for the Environment of the Portuguese government and as an MP for over twelve years. Fully recovered from this long term illness he is now a political commentator at the Portuguese TV, a full-time lawyer and music entrepreneur.
Noorderslag speaker Ricardo Bramão
Ricardo Bramão
Ricardo Bramão is the president and founder of APORFEST, the Portuguese Association of Music Festivals. He is also Director of Talkfest, the international music festival forum in Lisbon. In 2011 he published the book How to manage Human Resources with a Deck of Cards, and in 2015 followed it up with the history of the Music Festivals in Portugal, covering over 40 years of Portuguese music festivals. In 2016, he was recognised as one of the top 100 young entrepreneurs in Portugal.
Noorderslag speaker Vanessa Careta
Vanessa Careta
Música no Coração (PT)
School of Journalism graduate Vanessa Careta started working as press officer and afterwards as producer for several film festivals. Six years ago she made the transition to the music field by joining the team at Música no Coração as Booking assistant. Presently, she's a booker and talent buyer for Música no Coração, a company that promotes festivals throughout Portugal. These include boutique events, like Vodafone Mexefest and Caixa Alfama and Ribeira, to the larger dimension summer festivals Super Bock Super Rock and MEO Sudoeste.