Get Set Art Festival: Pumping Porto with creative energy…
Text and Photos by Luísa Cativo
During the first week of October, Get Set Art Festival filled the space in OPO’Lab with numerous chairs, dynamic installations and lectures from the freshest of the crop, a creative flea market and a variety of workshops. As if these weren’t enough activities for a week, there was even more stuff going on; there were three official parties in some of the most popular bars around the downtown area, put together with the help of MegaBass, and the fashion-related event Oporto Cycle Chic that I didn’t have the chance to attend.
The concept for this festival sprung from the minds of Luís Fernandes and Luís Sousa while they were finishing their studies in Architecture. They realized a couple of things: in order to be the best professionals they could, they had to be multidisciplinary, be aware of what’s being done right now by creatives all around the world and, most importantly, being able to experience that without leaving Porto. And why not make that available for all who were, like themselves, in dire need of a breath of fresh air?
The team behind this event was assembled in quite an organic manner through basic social networking; someone’s friend was a web designer, someone knew a guy that did cool videos and animations, and so on. The ones who were truly committed to making the first edition of Get Set happen no matter what, are the same ones behind it this year – so clearly they’re doing something right. They made statements like “There’s so much going on!”, heard throughout the whole week; not a very normal occurrence in Porto…
Get Set Art Festival also provides something more than inspiration and innovative concepts, it allows those involved to interact directly with the artists and designers, exchange ideas and contacts for future collaborations, or at least have a couple of drinks with them. It also makes you feel surprisingly productive for someone who attended three parties in a week.
So, if you’re looking to grow as a professional, watch, learn, sell and buy lots of neat stuff, have fun and party like an animal and still make your parents proud, make sure you drop by the next edition of Get Set in 2012.
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