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16 December 2019

France-Portugal Year 2021-2022: constructing the Europe of culture

Announced in July 2018 by the President of the French Republic and the Prime Minister of Portugal, the France-Portugal Season, which will be held in the two countries simultaneously from July 2021 to February 2022, will contribute to consolidation of the strategic partnership between France and Portugal.
 
Augusto Santos Silva, Secretary of State and Portugal's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian, France's Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Graça Fonseca, Portugal's Minister of Culture, and Franck Riester, France's Minister of Culture, have just announced the appointments of Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota to the Presidency of the France-Portugal cross-cultural season, and João Pinharanda and Victoire Bidegain Di Rosa to its General Curatorship, for the Portuguese part and French part respectively.

With common multidisciplinary programming set to contribute to the betterment of both countries in the fields of culture, education, economy, sport and tourism, the season will be a driving force for rapprochement between the two countries' societies, their young people in particular.

With Portugal and France readying themselves to take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2021 and 2022, the cross-cultural season will be put at the service of construction of the Europe of culture.

The first meeting of the season's Joint Organising Committee will be held in Paris from 16 to 19 December 2019.

EMMANUEL DEMARCY-MOTA APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF THE 2021-2022 FRANCE-PORTUGAL SEASON

Born in 1971, Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota has spent his whole career putting his skills in the field of theatrical creation at the service of cultural and artistic exchanges between France and Portugal, where his mother, the Portuguese actress Teresa Mota, was born.

In 2007, he was the “Open City Theatre” programme's guest at Porto's National Theatre, and created a bilingual Franco-Portuguese company the same year.

In 2001, he was appointed Director of the National Drama Centre in Reims, where he distinguished himself with over 20 productions and his tireless support for young multidisciplinary creation. He took over the directorship of the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris in 2008 and created the Chantiers d’Europe festival. As Director-General of Paris' Autumn Festival since 2012, he has extended the Festival to cover the whole of Île-de-France (Paris region).

JOAO PINHARANDA APPOINTED CURATOR-GENERAL FOR THE PORTUGUESE PART OF THE 2021-2022 FRANCE-PORTUGAL SEASON

A historian with a Master's in History of Art, João Pinharanda was art critic for the weekly cultural review Jornal de Letras (1984-1989) and the newspaper Público (1990-2000).

He has curated over a hundred exhibitions in Portugal, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, France and Russia. He was responsible for the programming at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Elvas (2007-2010) and at the EDP Foundation (2010-2015), where he organised art exhibitions and artistic activities, created and organised the EDP Grand Prix and the EDP New Artists Award, and built up the Foundation's art collection.

In 1998, he was appointed Curator for Portugal, as guest country at ARCO Madrid, and Curator of the Portuguese representation at the 2017 Venice Biennale, to which he invited the artist José Pedro Croft.

In 2018, he chaired the EUNIC Cluster in Paris. He is currently Cultural Advisor to the Portuguese Embassy in France and Director of the Camões Portuguese Cultural Centre in Paris.

VICTOIRE BIDEGAIN DI ROSA APPOINTED CURATOR-GENERAL FOR THE FRENCH PART OF THE 2021-2022 FRANCE-PORTUGAL SEASON

Holder of an Agrégation (the highest teaching qualification in France for secondary education) in History and a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) in Contemporary History from the University of Nanterre-Paris X, Victoire Bidegain Di Rosa has been a producer, exhibition curator and artistic advisor since 2014.

She has spent her career serving in a series of French embassies, holding the positions of Policy Officer and Head of the Book Office in Mexico (1998-2002), and Cultural Attaché in Miami in the USA (2002-2006) and then in Seville in Spain (2009-2013), before joining the French Embassy in Portugal, where she was Deputy Cultural Advisor (2013-2014).

She has also held the post of Technical Advisor responsible for International Cultural Affairs, External Audiovisual Media and Archives at the Minister of Foreign and European Affairs' Office (2007-2009).