Walk&Talk designates the Azores Arts Festival, which takes place every year in July, on the island of São Miguel. Experimental and participatory, the festival motivates the creation of new objects in dialogue with the territory and acts in the involvement of local and migrant communities around the knowledge generated in the expanded field of the arts, intersecting visual arts, performance, music, architecture and design.

Since 2011, Walk&Talk has been moving through the archipelago through an artistic residency program and, throughout its ten editions, it has hosted more than three hundred artists from multiple geographic and disciplinary backgrounds. It operates in networks and co-produces with similar structures, promoting a favorable environment for exchange, co-creation and, from the Azores, imagines new centralities for contemporary artistic production.

The festival has taken on new shapes with each edition, not settling on a format and assuming a place of experiment, understood as essential to artistic practice and the exercise of programming and cultural mediation. Currently, its program is organized around daily experiences that expand across the island, in proximity to its spaces, architecture and landscape. Multiple rhythms, scales, and relationships intersect in a program dedicated to new creation (a result of artistic residencies), which materializes in the presentation of installation and exhibition projects, performances, concerts, video, architecture and design.

Walk&Talk has Artistic Direction by Jesse James and Sofia Carolina Botelho, and each edition includes a guest curator to co-define the artistic program in its multiple dimensions.

“In its 9th edition, the Azores arts festival is increasingly constituting a stimulating field open to experimentation and artistic plurality” Vítor Balenciano, in Público

“Walk&Talk was a pioneer in creative tourism (...) and instrumental in encouraging dialogue with the territory, culture and Azorean community”
Mary Lussiana, in Financial Times - How to spend it

TEAM 2022

Artistic Direction 
Jesse James
Sofia Carolina Botelho

Artistic Direction Assistant
Joana Cardoso

Curatorial Team
Jesse James
Sofia Carolina Botelho
Ana Cristina Cachola

Production Direction
Rubén Monfort

Bruno Sousa
Luís Brum

Knowledge Program
Rita Mendes
Francisca de Medeiros
Sofia Carolina Botelho

Carolina Rainho
Rodrigo Sá

Communication Direction
Tânia Moniz

Aviva Obst

Mariana Lopes
Sara Pinheiro

Bernardo Ferreira
Cláudio Oliveira
Rui Nó

Communication Design

Web Design
Pedro Rodrigues