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Filipe Faria
Managing Artistic Director

Filipe Faria was born in Lisbon in 1976. A father, musician, composer, author, programmer, producer, researcher... he graduated in Musical Sciences from the School for Social Sciences and Humanities/Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in 1998. He completed a postgraduate specialisation in Documentation Science at the History Department of the Universidade de Évora in 2002 and a postgraduate course from the master’s programme in Art, Heritage and Restoration Theory at the Institute of Art History at the Universidade de Lisboa in 2004. He established and jointly coordinated the UAL undergraduate and postgraduate programme in Musical Sciences in 1999/2001. In 2008/2009, he established and coordinated UAL’s Musical Sciences undergraduate programme. In 2002, he established the production and publishing company Arte das Musas, for which he is managing artistic director, developing original projects and national and international partnerships in the areas of art, culture, and communication. In 2003, he established the Sacred Music Festival - Terras sem Sombra - in Baixo Alentejo (Portugal), assuming the role of artistic and production director between 2003-2010, and the Fora do Lugar - International Early Music(s) Festival - in Idanha-a-Nova, for which he has been director since 2012. These original projects receive support from among other organisations, the Portuguese Ministry of Culture and the Directorate-General for the Arts. He was member of the Gulbenkian Choir between 1998-2013, participating in tours of Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, China, the United States, Malta, Holland, Belgium, Germany, England, Japan, and Israel, among others, and was a freelance musician in Portugal’s early music ensembles during the same period. In 1999, he founded the early and contemporary music consort Sete Lágrimas, of which he is co-director. Sete Lágrimas has a discography of 12 titles and has performed 350 concerts at festivals and cultural centres in Europe and Asia, including Portugal, Bulgaria, Italy, Malta, Spain, China, Sweden, France, Belgium, Norway, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic. In 2012, he established the Noa Noa project, with a discography comprising 4 titles and more than 50 concerts in Portugal, France, Belgium and Japan. In 2015, he published his first book, the graphic poem “Um dia normal” (“A normal day”). In 2016 and 2017, he created the multi-disciplinary projects “All of the nights gone by” (with Pedro Castro and Carla Albuquerque) and “How will my eyes sleep?” (with Pedro Castro), both commissioned by the Centro Cultural de Belém/Fábrica das Artes in partnership with Zonzo Compagnie (Belgium) and with funding from the European Union Creative Europe programme. In 2018, he released a CD featuring the original music of “All of the nights gone by” (written together with Pedro Castro). He completed the National Conservatory General Course in 1992, the Complementary Violin Course at the National Conservatory of Lisbon/FMAC in 1997, the Ar.Co Photography Course in 2005, the Painting Course at the Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes between 2001-2005, and, by invitation, the SNBA Open Painting Studio in 2005.  In 2014, he was invited to join the Idanha-a-Nova Candidature Committee in the area of music for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network application, which was approved in 2015. Since then Filipe has represented Idanha-a-Nova as a stakeholder in several international UNESCO meetings in Sweden (Östersund), Japan (Hammamatsu), Poland (Katowice) and other locations.