Amarante MIMO Festival is the first European edition of the acclaimed Brazilian music festival and has been held since 2016 in the city of Amarante, district of Porto, northern Portugal.
The festival has free entry and the same philosophy that inspired its creation in Brazil: its popularity is based on the relationship between music and heritage and education; it is full of musical styles, with the participation of acclaimed artists and also alternative and underground talents from around the world.
Despite presenting artists similar to the editions in Brazil, the Portuguese festival opts for a more intimate atmosphere, taking place in a city that dates back to the Roman Empire. Located about 45 minutes from Porto, Amarante is a small paradise, without the confusion of big cities or the quietude of the inland villages. A perfect balance between modernity and tradition. There are several reasons that make this place a destination not to be missed!
MIMO organization consists of concerts, films, workshops, conferences, art exhibitions and poetry events. During the days it takes place, the entire city becomes a stage. The main stage is set up in the banks of the Tâmega River, in Parque Ribeirinho, and a wide variety of music is offered in several smaller stages, for example, in the Amadeo Souza-Cardoso Museum and in São Gonçalo and São Pedro churches.
With fifty editions and an audience of over one million eight hundred thousand people, all through the 17 years since its first event in the city of Olinda, MIMO Festival has become one of the most famous festivals in Brazil. Present in Olinda, Recife, João Pessoa, Ouro Preto, Paraty, Tiradentes, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, it has been the representative of Brazil at the Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland, being in charge of the curatorship of Showcase Scotland in 2017.
MIMO won the Iberian Festival Awards, as “Best Festival Infrastructure in Portugal”, in 2017 and 2018; and the Brazil Design Award, in the categories “Scenography” and “Visual Communication”, also in 2017 and 2018.
MIMO is a great festival of art and culture!