BONS SONS
A VILLAGE IN MANIFEST

A festival and a village that exist and want to keep existing for the contemporaneity in the countryside, for a cultural platform, for spatial planning, for participative citizenship, for active aging, for community teaching, for territorial projects, for sustainable action, for the creation of public space and for the popular culture.

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FOR CONTEMPORANEITY IN THE COUNTRYSIDE

We strive for a contemporary view of the countryside, for a close and non-paternalistic view of rural areas. There are still those who think that the village is the past and the city the future. It’s up to the new generations to conquer their paths in these landscapes.

WE LIVE THE VILLAGE OF TODAY

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FOR A CULTURAL PLATFORM

We work to make known the cultural production that lives and results from a context. We focus our actions on projects created in Portugal, by Portuguese or foreign people, in the Portuguese language or another language. We have created a platform that places artists and audience in places of understanding. We live off projects that bring the new, the acculturated and the refreshing.

WE ARE THE MEETING POINT

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FOR SPATIAL PLANNING

We know that people want to be where things happen. The rural exodus results from the lack of prospects for the countryside. This detachment generates ignorance. Culture should be an instrument in planning, setting and attraction of the territory.

WE HAVE IDEAS

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FOR PARTICIPATIVE CITIZENSHIP

We defend participatory citizenship. We do not disengage institutions, but we do not fold our arms.

WE BELIEVE DOING IS OUR POWER

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BY ACTIVE AGING

We believe that everyone has a role in the community they belong to. To live in community is to live in an intergenerational model, in a relationship of proximity that establishes logics of mutual aid, interest, curiosity and sharing among various generations. Aging actively is giving a growth opportunity for everyone.

WE ARE A LARGE RESIDENCE

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FOR TEACHING IN COMMUNITY

We believe that schools have a fundamental role in thinking and activating communities, and must be permeable to their interests and stimuli. It takes a whole village to raise a child. We advocate practical, appropriate and adjusted teaching models that give children a local and global dimension.

WE GROW WITH THE VILLAGE

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FOR PROJECTS IN THE TERRITORY

We believe in the financing of multiplier projects, creators of meaning and wealth. We are tired of projects that only exist while there are funds and end up as soon as the lines of financing change. Cabinet projects that do not touch the territory and that do not have local partners.

WE INVEST IN PEOPLE

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FOR A SUSTAINABLE ACTION

We need local action to act globally. Sustainability results from an evolutionary balance resulting from ecological, economic and social dynamics. We defend an evolutionary process based on the meeting of these various perspectives. “Living with what the earth gives us” is our motto and Cem Soldos gives to people.

WE DO NOT SIT AROUND

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FOR THE CREATION OF PUBLIC SPACE

We defend a public space for all. Increasing the ego and the sense of belonging is essential to human and territorial development. Creating meeting spaces is to create space for sharing and curiosity about each other. It is urgent to activate, program and inhabit the street.

WE HAVE THE STREET

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FOR THE POPULAR CULTURE

We defend the promotion of popular culture. We want space for participatory, inclusive and diverse culture. A culture from everyone to everyone. We defend an artistic place for popular culture and its proper appropriation by its communities.

WE BELIEVE CULTURE HAS NO OWNER

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