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Fábrica das Artes will be opening its 2016/2017 programme with the 7th edition of Big Bang – the Adventurous Music Festival for a Young Audience. Big Bang is an initiative developed by the Zonzo Compagnie. It is an international project that brings together eight cultural institutions from seven European countries and enjoys the support of the Creative Europe Programme. It will continue along the path that it has been following with its partners, one that is based on sharing, reflection, and the desire to create, to exchange and promote musical projects for children in Europe.
The Portuguese Symphony Orchestra has joined forces with the CCB / Fábrica das Artes to present four concerts during this season aimed at young audiences and families. As part of the Big Bang Festival, and still in 2016, Sand never falls in the same place leads us into the world of the music of Debussy and Milhaud through an illustration drawn live out of sand. We will also have Ravel’s My Mother Goose, which will be a narrated concert. Both of these concerts will be conducted by Joana Carneiro. In 2017, there will be two commentated concerts leading to the discovery of two giants from the world of classical music: Felix Mendelssohn and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
CCB will see the presentation of four premières that will continue our research into artistic creativity for every childhood: This is not a Cloud, a workshop and show for babies by Mara Maravilha; What is the sound of your face?, a concert for piano and drawing by Filipe Raposo and António Jorge Gonçalves; Manipula#Sound a show of music combined with the arts of the circus by Radar 360º; and MUSAico, an operatic composition and art show by Trupe dos Bichos
We also highlight the 5th edition of Music for You – a series of informal mini-concerts for families. Unlikely Instruments, a series of concerts with a powerful visual component, will be played by musicians from the universe of electronic and experimental music, who will be coming to the CCB from all over the world: Elis Gras, Pamelia Kurstin, Thierry Madiot, Vincent Martial, Sonoscopia (Henrique Fernandes and Gustavo Costa) and Hanna Hartmann.
Between January and April, we will be presenting the cycle Memories with a Political Intention, specially designed for young audiences. This includes five projects that share the common feature of making the literary transposition of autobiographical stories to an intimate space of performance: Sleepwalking Land, by Nuno Pino Custódia and Rosinda Costa; My House was the Headquarters, by Judite Fernandes and Teresa Gentil; Letters from Damascus, by Ana Lázaro; Now I Was, by Pedro de Moura and Marta Bernardes; A Living Mini Museum of Memories of a Recent Portugal, by Joana Craveiro / Teatro do Vestido.
We also seek to devise possible approaches that will bring young people, politics and participation closer together.
The book and documentary We All Think of Ourselves, which was launched in May 2016, clearly reveals the first cycle of seven and a half years spent working on the programme for the CCB / Fábrica das Artes, offering you the records and the reflections that we have made in this time about artistic creativity, childhood and audiences. Armed with the great wealth and depth of creativity that has been achieved in this encounter with artists – by the artists themselves, by children and by young spectators, by teachers, programmers and thinkers from different areas – we now set off once again to activate new potentialities and to discover new possibilities.

Madalena Wallenstein