9 Islands in Conversation: Ponta Delgada Azores 2027 carried out sounding board meetings throughout the archipelago

The Ponta Delgada  Azores 2027 coordination team started this process in the pre-selection phase, when it travelled throughout the archipelago to meet with artists and cultural stakeholders, and to promote encounters with the community in general. We crossed the 600 kilometres between the islands of Corvo and Santa Maria to present the project, receive contributions for the preparation of the bidbook and map artists and cultural stakeholders. Our aim was to extend various activities—in-person and online—of consultation and participation starting from the city of Ponta Delgada and spreading to the other municipalities of São Miguel and the other islands of the Azores.

These initiatives brought together people from different parts of society, from culture to the environment, as well as to education, urbanism, social action and tourism, among others, and it was their contributions that helped prepare the bidbook for the European Capital of Culture. In total, we met with about 400 people.

We have repeated the journey in the selection phase, going to all 9 islands of the archipelago, where we rekindled previous conversations, expanded on them, but also started new ones. 

Below, you will find three videos that briefly show Azores 2027’s journey through the islands of Faial, Terceira and Graciosa, with a soundtrack featuring Azorean musicians, namely WE SEA, Romeu Bairos and Sara Cruz, respectively.