CARAVELA – 9th edition of the DeVIR Encontros Festival
January 20 | 9 p.m.
Location: Lagos Cultural Center – Duval Pestana Auditorium
Org.: DeVIR/CAPa
Duration: 60m
Class. age: M15
Ticket: €6

It is inevitable, we have to assume the balance of the Planet. We must recover the complex and diverse Natural World. It is a survival challenge in which we all have to be involved. We can consider that what we have in our hands is almost nothing – symbolic, solidarity and little else. However, we know that, in other times, resistance, like the will and madness that Art has the capacity to promote, contributed to escape, to invention, to the creation of alternative perspectives that did not let us sink. We should not expect from Art what it cannot give, nor believe that Science will find solutions, on its own, that contradict absolutely disconcerting prospects for the future.
– where do we COME from? where are we going? is the motto of the 9th edition of this thematic festival, which focuses on climate change and the ecological emergency. These were the questions we addressed to a group of creators from various areas (theater, dance, writing, photography, cinema, illustration) and from different geographies so that they could take them as ignitions for their work, and return them as challenges, possibilities and reflections.
With no place for exoticism, we launched challenges, placed orders with Portuguese and Ukrainian creators, a way of supporting them, and called on Iberian scientists. Almost all of them addressed eco-dependence, the degradation of the Planet and the future. Some speak of ecocide as a weapon in a war to which they are forced, of the need for cooperation and reciprocity. Others reflect on the future of beaches in the Algarve and Andalusia, others evoke science, ethics and the love that saves.
All reflections, more or less realistic, all surprises, even all misunderstandings that bring us hope and other perceptions of the World, are, more than ever, necessary for us to move away from paralysis.
Having overcome the constraints and overcome all barriers, we are left with harsh words, restrained gestures, and even images with a voice that deserve to be heard by the public that accompanies us, but also by secondary students, with whom we share the entire program of this festival, because No one can be left out in this urgency for change that depends on both individual responsibility and collective commitment.
One thing we know: we cannot ignore or give up. We have to change and demand change, influence those who have the power to decide for the good of Humanity and Nature.

It is, at the very least, an exercise in current, timely and necessary boldness, which Leonor Cabral proposes to us. If the challenge is to look back, in an attempt to put things into perspective, it makes perfect sense to create a fictional arc between the caravels of exile and slavery – which seem to be from yesterday, but which still persist today in other ways – and the caravels, floating organisms, which denounce the degradation of a Planet in danger and, consequently, the possibility of the extinction of Humanity.

The wind and sea currents bring to our territory thousands of Portuguese caravels that float in the ocean. They come to us softly. It is a colony – Physalia Physalis – that threatens to attack us with its long tentacles. The increase in sea water temperatures puts their natural predators, sea turtles, into extinction. We are being invaded. Will it be a metamorphosis of nature or a revenge of history? In this irony, I propose to draw an analogy between an environmental phenomenon and a historical process, in light of the current discussion about colonization, invasion and destruction of the planet. I intend to question the existential crisis between humanity and nature.
Cátia Oliveira, better known as A Garota Não, accepted the challenge and wrote a moving and incisive text, which “has everything inside”. It is very meaningful, and therefore serious, poetic and sharp. Responds without answering, mixes up everything and involves everyone in doubts where all questions fit. Cristina is part of this text and, using digital drawing, creates images that illustrate the narration.

Creation and interpretation: Leonor Cabral
Production: Ciclone Cultural Association
Light design and technical coordination: Zé Rui
Photography credits: João Rocha