Abrafin (Brazilian Association of Independent Festivals), of which SIM São Paulo is a member, published last week the Manifesto Música é Vida, for the resumption of in-person festivals, always with respect for people and security protocols.
“This manifesto is almost a pact that we are making with the public, artists and the team. It is reaffirming that music is the driving force behind our projects and our lives and that now with most people taking the second dose we can return, but a conscious return, with responsibility, commitment and yes, a lot of joy. We need joy and being together again.”, says Ana Morena Tavares, president of Abrafin and also musician and creator of Festival DoSol.
The Festivals are among the first activities brought to a halt by the pandemic, and one of the last to return. Recognizing the cultural and economic importance of these events and devising a plan for the sector's survival is something urgent, especially in these times when Brazilian culture is dismantled. Understanding the need for political positioning in the face of this absurdity, Abrafin recently published the Manifesto de Repúdio ao Governo Federal, in which it reinforces the need for measures against the pandemic to facilitate its resumption and reaffirms the decision to join the struggle for democracy.
“It's all related. The first is an uprising, a shout of indignation against all the absurdity that is what they call government, you can't even list the atrocities because they are updated all the time. And the second is the reaffirmation of who we are and that we want and are going to change. And that despite trying, they won't take away our joy. Joy is also revolutionary.”, concludes Ana Morena.