Festival Iminente will be bringing a taste of Portuguese culture to East London at the end of the month. The event is being curated by Vhils and the Underdogs Gallery which he established in 2013. The festival debuted in Lisbon’s Oeiras district last autumn and this latest iteration carries a particularly contemporary theme with the subtitle Art Before Brexit. The participating artists’ individual contributions address some of the specific issues which dominated the public conversation around Brexit. For example, Mais Menos’ installation is concerned with border controls and the free movement of people.
However, the Brexit vote also laid bare the larger, but less directly discussed, existential divide in British society between those with an inward looking, conservative outlook and a younger generation with a more inclusive, outward looking world view. It is this positive perspective on life which Festival Iminente taps into with their celebration of art and music with a distinctly Portuguese flavor. The event will facilitate a cross border exchange of ideas and creativity at a time when the UK is severing many of its links with its European neighbours. Sickboy’s contribution references Italo Disco, the genre of dance music which took inspiration from American disco and in turn went on to influence British bands like New Order; as such, the genre demonstrates the richness that flows across borders. The festival also features the work of Add Fuel, AkaCorleone, André da Loba, Ben Eine, Bordalo II, Conor Harrington, Draw+Contra, Halfstudio, Mar, Pixel Pancho, The Caver, and Wasted Rita. Vhils is no stranger to bringing music and art together, having previously created a spellbinding music video for Orlha Negra. The festival will bring the sounds of a raft of Portugese DJs including Batida, DJ Firmeza and DJ Ride to Brick Lane throughout the afternoon and night.
The festival is being supported by Super Bock and will run (2pm to 3am) Friday 28th and Saturday 29th July 2017 at 93 Feet East, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL. Tickets are available now from festivaliminente.com.